I showed up for the gathering part of the vigil that was before they actually went onto the bridge, but when I was there I saw over 200 people. I didn’t realize that the event was actually at the Esplanade, so I wound up looking down on it from the Hawthorne Bridge ramp, but it meant I could actually count the crowd. Besides me up on the ramp, there were passers-by who stopped to watch, and a bunch of folks who were up on the bridge with signs against the war. Passing cars would honk and wave.
The speakers were brief, which was nice. There was a guy who talked about running for Senate (didn’t impress me much) and then they had a sort of open mike where people could say a word or two as long as they kept it to a minute, which folks did for the most part.
- One woman spoke about her fears because her son has already spent a year and a half deployed in our war zones, and could be called back at anytime.
- One man called for mini-protests, where people just got together and hung out with signs against the war in the evenings. I\’m wondering about doing that.