Thousands Gather At Union Square To Voice Concerns Against Wars

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) – Thousands attended an anti-war rally at Union Square on Saturday.

One woman had tears in her eyes as she talked about her nephews who are in the military and how she believed she may never see them again. Another man drove more than nine hours from Ohio so that his voice could be heard.

LISTEN: WCBS 880’s Sophia Hall reports on the rally

Tom Murphy from Brooklyn said instead of shutting down the government, they need to shut down the wars.

“It’s costing $100 million a day. In the meantime, we are being told that there is no money for badly needed social programs. We don’t want war. We want more jobs,” Murphy said.

Carol Kennedy came from Pennsylvania and said that the killing of innocent people needs to stop.

Union Square Anti-War Rally

Protesters also carried signs denouncing Islamophobia. (Credit: Sophia Hall/WCBS 880)

“Anytime you have drones and other bombs—they kill people even if your intentions are to kill people like Ghaddafi,” Kennedy said.

One man said President Obama needs to act and not deliver just words.

“It’s not enough for President Obama to say in his election ‘Yes, we can.’ We need to see action. We just see words. We should stop this corruption. We should stop these wars,” he said.

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  • Courtney

    There’s a really excellent photo story on this protest by the New School Free Press. See it here:

  • Cole

    With 90% of the murdered in Iraq civilians……Is that actually War or Genocide?

    • Jamal

      That is a war crime according to UN charter.., then again you like to ask that question from justice department to implement the law. Or send a request to UN for them to prosecute those who are responsible for Iraq war. If they did perhpas then we wouldent dare to start another war.

      • Phantom

        I have a better idea lets arrest congress and kick the un into the ocean.

  • Phantom

    Constitution for the United States of America

    Article I
    Section 8

    To raise and support Armies, but no Appropriation of Money to that Use shall be for a longer Term than two Years.

    • Jamal

      Constitution of USA.., if it were and ever was respected USA wouldent be at wars with almost every countries for last 60 years.., if you think for a moment that these people respect the Constitution or they ever will.. you are naive as those who believe in Constitution.

  • Phantom

    Hell with protest, it’s time we started to ARREST these CROOKS!
    Support our troops, bring OUR PEOPLE home NOW!

  • Jamal

    Here is another figure which supported by US, EU/NATO.. dont forget that Canada is in this as well….

    Even shadier is the background of Abdul Hakeen al-Hassadi, a Libyan who fought against the US in Afghanistan, was arrested in Pakistan, imprisoned probably at Bagram, Afghanistan, and then mysteriously released. The US Deputy Secretary of State, James Steinberg, told Congressmen he would speak of Mr Hassadi’s career only in a closed session.

  • Jamal

    The new propaganda line of the rebels’ Transitional National Council is that professional soldiers, who have turned against Gaddafi over the last 40 years, will now take command and, in the words of one television reporter, “lick into shape the rag-tag militiamen”.

    But the new military leadership, which Britain, France and to a decreasing extent the US, will be supporting, inspires even less confidence than their men. The careers of several make them sound like characters out of the more sinister Graham Greene novels. They include men such as Colonel Khalifa Haftar, former commander of the Libyan army in Chad who was captured and changed sides in 1988, setting up the anti-Gaddafi Libyan National Army reportedly with CIA and Saudi backing. For the last 20 years, he has been living quietly in Virginia before returning to Benghazi to lead the fight against Gaddafi. Soruce The Independt Magazine. check it out google the word The Independent.

    These are the people which US and EU/NATO supporting.., which is the same politics they palyed with the Iranian upprising in 1970s.., they Supported a Islamic Fundemenatlist regime then.., they are doing the same now.. Hillary Clinton and rest of those who are for countinues wars are behind such policies.

  • Jeremy

    Ron Paul has been consistently against all wars the government has been involved in that wasn’t declared and did not involve a threat to our national security. He has a track record of 12 terms in congress to prove it, and will likely be running for president in 2012…if America really wants change he is the man to vote for.

    • Dorla Marie

      Ron Paul is the bravest and most sane of all the candidates mentioned for President. He has the guts to “tell it like it is”. He definitely needs to run to speak out on the real issues and not pander to the money lenders. He makes all other candidates nervous; I love that.

  • Ann

    Sorry Americans, but the machine .. the industrial military complex cannot survive without war. So, live with it.

    Or, if you want a peaceful world, get out there and protest! And, ask for REAL CHANGE this time, not political lies and terrorist ploys.

    Bring back at least a two party system to America!


    Imagine that, a few more people may have belatedly recognized that the US DemocanRepublicrat War and Police Regime lies if its lips are moving, identical to every other war and police regime, by design.

    There is an efficient solution, but it requires people to ask and answer questions, to identify and resolve contradictions, rather than start wars or street protests.


  • Andor

    AVI is member of HASBARA, he is a volunteer . Israeli government called on all foreign language speaking Israelis to participate in forums, “explaining” the Israel point of view.

  • Mojo2011

    US militarism complex needs work.., war is the only way for them to be occupied.., if there is no wars then what are you going to do with all the army solders and air force and others.., thay are about 1.8 – 2.2 million uniformed men and women out there figting in one way or another. You want change.., change the system.., president is not going to do it for you.., how many times you have heard the word “change”.., from democratic party or for that matter Republicans.., or Tea party and others..,



  • John Q.

    When you kill people and steal their land, and build illegal settlements on their land, sometimes these people are going to fight back. The native people of Palestine aren’t going to roll over and die just because the u.s. and israel want them to.

    • Eddie

      John Q., If you are really against OCCUPATION, please pack up all your junk and LEAVE North America and return to the eurotrash land your people are from.

  • Dr. Roxo

    Damn hippies. OK, maybe we did bomb Cambodia and in gang fong was wrong, but Nixon will get us out.

  • Danton

    Hey Avi. We all want to survive. That’s the name of the game in this universe. Even the Palestinians and Arabs want to survive. But my chief concern is the survival of the American middle class and with all these foolish and expensive wars it cannot survive


    so we went to Libya for humanitarian seasons huh… then how come we never stepped foot in Darfur? Millions were murdered in genocide… Oh I know the answer…. they don’t have any OIL! Or Any Natural Resources that we can exploit! We are in Afghanistan for Oil And Lithium! WAKE THE F*&CK UP PEOPLE!

    Vote 3rd party or Ron Paul in 2012 or YOU ARE PART OF THE PROBLEM AND NOT PART OF THE SOLUTION!

    • think before you speak

      Sudan actually has quite a lot of oil. Not quite as much as Libya, but hardly insignificant.

  • bill burns

    I didn’t see any coloreds protesting

    • Timothy Clark

      there were plenty of muslim americans. not all were white.

    • Villainess

      Blind much?

  • Donna

    There was also a large group there looking to Shut Down Indian Point Now.. nuclear is a war against people everywhere. The %age of power from the nuclear plants is frequently overstated. It is NOT worth it!

    There were many groups there. It was not anti American nor anti-Israel. You may not agree totally with every group about every issue but all feel war is not the answer!

  • IVA


    • Eddie

      IVA, You go to Waziristan and hang around the al qada jihadis and wait for a nice MADE IN THE USA Hellfire missile to pat you on your head.

  • gg

    Google “industrial war complex” see who’s making BILLIONS! STOP THE FRAUD IMPEACH THE PIGS CALLED CONGRESS!!

  • Laura

    The bloated military budget, spent on poorly-conceived military occupations with no exit strategy, is draining us dry and preventing us from spending money on education, health, and the infrastructure. We need to end the wars and refocus our attention on domestic affairs.

    • Borsia

      Laura; Unless we cut the military budget by at least 50%, 70% is more realistic, and stop meddling in outer countries we are doomed to the same fate as the USSR.

      • Joe

        and if we do cut that much then the Chinese can walk right in. Well, why not we have sold our country to them already.

  • avi

    This is not an anti war rally. It is an anti american and anti Israel rally. The left has joined forces with islamic fascists to try to destroy the US and Israel. Shame on WCBS for not calling this demonstration for what it is.

    • Mister w

      …because we all know the US & Israel do nothing wrong.

      • avi

        so you admit that the rally is for the destruction of the US and israel!!
        Mister W. , go live in an islamic utopia, you left wing fool.

    • A.M

      Avi, actually it was more than just an anti-war rally. It was also an anti-terrorism and anti-Islamophobia rally. It was definitely not anti American or anti Israeli. What is your proof for making such statements? the face that some folks there supported the Palestinian cause? Does that make them anti Israeli? At best maybe you could label some of those folks as anti-zionist or anti-racist which is what some of Israeli poilicy is, racist. Nobody there chantd anti American or anti Israeli slogans but you sound like you may be an Islamophobe, anti-Muslim or anti-Arab if you will +) shalom.

      • avi

        signs such as “free palestine from the jordan to the sea ” is probably a good hint. those signs were in plain sight. This means there is no place for israel.
        You clearly don’t know much about Israeli policy if you call it racist. we are trying to survive while others call and act for our destruction. You might feel differently if you were bus bombed, stabbed, etc.

    • Jeffery

      Avi is a Zionist. Zionism is by it’s very definition racism. Therefore Avi is a racist. He’s also a liar. That’s about par for the course for Zionist apolgists for Israel’s attrocties. Avi will argue that to be an anti-Zionist is to be antisemitic. Funny how most of the anti-Zionists that I know in NYC are JEWS! Kinda blows that whole argument out of the water doesn’t it? Israel is a racist colonial settler state. Israeli apartheid is dying and won’t last much longer in the 21st century. This is making bigots like Avi real nervous. They should be. The only way to end this confilct is a ONE STATE SOLUTION with equal rights for EVERYBODY. Israel will come around eventually. How many more wars are they going to lose before this happens? No one knows. One thing is for sure. The days of the US giving Israel 40 billion a year are almost over. World opinion (and American opinion) is rapidly abandoning support for Israels attrocities. Adding to this certainty is we’re BROKE! Wells dry. No more money from America…no more apartheid Israel. It really is that simple.

    • Joe

      The hi-jacking of the US Congress and the Pentagon by Israel First traitors is what is destroying the USA

    • Integrity

      So Avi, I guess it’s okay for anyone to steal your lands and destroy your home just because that anyone feels he/she has the right to exist? Good to know! Perhaps someday God will grant that principle of yours for yourself and your family, and make sure when it happens you do not resist, or else you must be labeled as terrorist :).. and perhaps only then you would feel how those innocent victims been feeling all these years…

      The right to exist does not give anyone the right to steal lands and destroy homes of others, nor the rights to kill their innocent victims!

    • piney

      Avi, you are absolutely correct! I would like to see these white, middle class Americans go live under Sharia law, especially the gays, lesbians and feminists.

      • Integrity

        Shariah only applies to Muslims! Pls be correctly informed! (Oh wait, you’re one of them who love to listen to politician lies and win vote tactics!) Btw have you truly and fully read our sets of bibles? I guess not that’s why you arrogantly or may I say stupidly point fingers at Islam/Muslims… Please educate yourself before making a fool out of yourself!

    • Eddie

      “anti-war” is a FAKE, PHONEY, FRAUD.

      Ever see an “anti-war” rally denouce al qada, osama bin laden, islamofascism?

      No? Wonder WHY???

      • Dr. John, the Night Tripper

        Islamofascism is a bizarre, phantom construct – with no reference-point in external reality.

        Real fascism can be witnessed as it is served up daily, in American airports.

        Terrorism is, statistically speaking, non-existent. Money used on foreign wars would be better spent securing the nation’s swimming pools, which claim more innocent lives than any armed zealot.

  • kendra

    i really to pray that they do stop this war that we have going on in other countries because we have a war serious war that is going on in our own back yards if you ask me….

    • Yanks 8-4

      kendra, I assume you’re talking about the war on education?

      • A.M

        The war on drugs.

      • Brian


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