As the U.S. led war in Afghanistan begins its ninth year this week, 61 were arrested bringing a strong message to the White House that war, torture and drone bombing are outrageous, unacceptable and must end immediately. National anti-war groups and people from around the country joined together to say &dquo;No to War in Afghanistan. No to Torture and Vengeance.&dquo;
Then, hundreds of people gathered this morning in McPherson Square for song, poetry and rousing speeches to kick off a day of action. Led by the &dquo;Mourn the dead, heal the wounded, end the wars&dquo; banner, those gathered then marched to the White House in a solemn procession, carrying large photographs of war victims, signs and banners.
The day opened with a &dquo;Guantanamo prisoner&dquo; presence at the U.S. Supreme Court as Justice Sonia Sotomayor begins her tenure on the country's highest court. The group distributed the Center for Constitutional Rights' &dquo;Torture Team&dquo; baseball cards and had four large puppet heads of George Bush, Dick Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld and Condoleezza Rice—all dressed in prison stripes as they called for accountability for the architects of the Bush administration's torture policies.