protests dwindle in Lansing
Theres an awful lot of hate out there, especially on the
pro-war side, said Jim Caras, a retired Michigan state tourism
officer. I had two of my anti-war yard signs vandalized.
Daniel Sturm/City Pulse
student Kathie Kuhn plants a peace symbol on Cassiopeia, a sculpture
on Grand River Avenue in downtown East Lansing.
now into the war, the peace movement continues to struggle against the
During an April 3 guest lecture at Michigan State University, former
U.S. Secretary of State James Baker had just begun to speak about what
he called his views of a private citizen when he was interrupted.
In the audience of 400 people at the Wharton Center, a group of peace
activists yelled James Baker is a war criminal.
They interrupted Baker as hed just begun to talk about how to
win peace after the United States had defeated Husseins
troops. Baker proposed that the United States take over government for
one year, and allow the United Nation a role reduced to relief work.
After a one-year occupation, Iraqis would then probably be allowed to
govern their own country, after making a pledge not to build weapons
of mass destruction.
On April 6, a peace vigil organized by the Greater Lansing Network Against
War in Iraq drew 50 protesters out to the Grand River median, holding
banners and carrying candles. Demonstrators criticized the role of the
U.S. media in serving as propaganda tool for the American troops. Kathie
Kuhn, a member of People for Positive Social Change at Lansing Community
College, said that mainstream TV shows explosions over Baghdad but few
of the people injured and none whove been killed by the bombings.
And what about the thousands of Iraqi people whod been killed
by sanctions, and by bombings in the last 12 years?
Kuhn placed her peace sign under the arm of Cassiopeia, the sculpture
of a contemplating young woman located in front of the Peanut Barrel
on Grand River. Shed done the same action at am earlier peace
vigil, Kuhn said, and a woman passing by took the anti-war sign and
started yelling at Kuhn. She hit me with the sign, and I had to
fight really hard to get it back into Cassiopeias arms.
Snow flakes had been falling on the sculpture, melting beneath her eyes,
she said, as if Cassiopeia was saddened by these very troubling times.
According to Greek mythology, Cassiopeia was an Ethiopian princess,
who angered Poseidon by saying that she was more beautiful than the
Nereids. Poseidon sent a sea monster to prey upon the country.
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