A group staunchly opposed to the war in Iraq is hoping the San Francisco Board of Supervisors will approve a resolution at its meeting today declaring Saturday “End the War in Iraq” Day.
The A.N.S.W.E.R. Coalition has organized a march and rally that it is hoping to receive “political capital,'' according to Supervisor Tom Ammiano.
“The endorsement by the board of supervisors will be specifically for this event,'' Ammiano said. “It is a way for protesters to register public opinion and spread the word about the event.''
Resolutions opposing the war in Iraq have been previously passed by the board of supervisors, and Ammiano said he expects this to pass as well.
“If it does not pass today, it will get referred to committee, but I don't really expect that to happen,'' Ammiano said.
According to Sarah Sloan of A.N.S.W.E.R., Saturday is a day of national protest, with events being coordinated nationwide. The demonstration in San Francisco is a regional event and organizers expect people from as far away as Oregon and Nevada to attend.
“We expect thousands of people to show up,'' Sloan said, “because people across the nation are against this war.''
Protesters will gather at 11 a.m. in Civic Center Plaza and will then march to Mission Dolores Park at 12:30 p.m., according to Sloan.
Anti-war protester Cindy Sheehan is expected to speak, as well as U.S. Congresswoman Barbara Lee, D-Oakland.
The board of supervisors will vote on the resolution regarding the event at its regularly scheduled meeting today at 2 p.m.
— Bay City News