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It was a day of history-making in London, where 1 million people made the demo the largest protest in the history of the British capital. Turnout was boosted by British Prime Minister Tony Blair's ready enlistment in Bush's "coalition of the willing" against Iraq. Click here to hear audio of the day's speeches, songs and activities.
New York City saw its largest protest since the historic June 12, 1982 antinuclear rally in Central Park. And if today had been as warm as that June day was, who knows how many more people would've swelled the ranks of the estimated 300,000 who came out, braving windchill temperatures of four degrees.
Another antiwar action rapidly gaining supporters is the Rice for Peace program. In the 1950s, thousands of people apparently sent small bags of rice to President Eisenhower to encourage him to send food to China, then our enemy, during a famine.
Join a nationwide effort to send a similiar symbolic message of peace and positive global citizenship to President Bush by having a half cup of uncooked rice with the message "Rice for Peace--No War On Iraq" delivered to the White House.
Tomorrow's Senate Judiciary Committee vote on Miguel Estrada's appointment to the US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit, the second most powerful court in the country, is the first of what should be a series of brutal showdowns over rightwing judical activists being appointed by the Bush Administration to the federal bench.
A member of the widely considered a conservative ideologue who is unwilling to distinguish his personal views from what the law requires.
A diverse coalition of civil rights, women's rights, environmental, pro-choice, worker, consumer and disability rights organizations are all working to oppose Estrada's nomination. The Feminist Majority's statement and ActionAlert is particularly effective.