Anti-war march planned for Saturday | AspenTimes.com

Anti-war march planned for Saturday

Naomi Havlen
Aspen Times Staff Writer

An Aspen woman is organizing a local march Saturday to protest a possible U.S. attack on Iraq.

Tricia McKenzie said she simply got frustrated feeling as if she didn’t have a voice when Congress voted to give President Bush authority to take pre-emptive military action against Iraq. Similar demonstrations are also scheduled for Saturday across the United States, including in Washington, D.C., and San Francisco.

McKenzie said after discovering that a march would also be held in Glenwood Springs, she decided to organize another march upvalley.

“I feel it’s important for people no matter where they are in the country to not worry about their affiliation and be heard,” she said. “I really wanted to offer an opportunity locally, and hopefully everyone across the country does take the time to express themselves and exercise their freedom of speech and exercises those rights at the polls when it’s time to vote.”

McKenzie said since she did not obtain a permit from the city to demonstrate on public property, she and other protesters must not obstruct traffic, people or public access, and must keep moving. The group plans on meeting at 10 a.m. at Paepcke Park to begin a walk on a specified route in town.

The route heads east on Main Street, south on Galena Street in front of Aspen City Hall, west on Hopkins Avenue, north on Aspen Street and back to Paepcke Park. McKenzie said she hopes the loop can continue from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., with any number of participants. Anyone is welcome to walk the loop as much as they want during the day.

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Participants are also encouraged to bring a sign to carry, but are reminded that the march is not a demonstration for or against any political party, or a personal attack against President Bush.

“It would be fine for people of all different views to show up ? I’d love to have intelligent discussion on this,” she said. “We’ll ask people to be respectful with their signs and language, and hopefully attract people for discussion. We’re not here to protest, we’re here to bring attention to an issue that’s important to all of us.”

Although she said she will have leaflets, she will only hand them out when people ask for them. Anyone interested in making signs or helping to organize this event should call McKenzie at 429-0111 or 618-5475.

In Glenwood Springs, the Roaring Fork Peace Coalition is staging a march from Sayre Park at 1 p.m. north on the Grand Avenue sidewalk over the pedestrian bridge to the Hotel Colorado, where U.S. Rep. Scott McInnis has an office.

The Glenwood Springs event is also being sponsored by Mountain Folks for Global Justice and Colorado Mountain College Students for Peace.

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