The Crescent Report

March 19, 2010

Protesters prepare for Saturday’s antiwar demonstration

Filed under: From the Desk of Imam Mahdi Bray — Imam Mahdi Bray @ 3:50 pm

Washington Post Staff Writer
Thursday, March 18, 2010; 6:43 PM

Maggie Pondolfino has a 24-year-old son who is a soldier serving in Afghanistan — “he’s honorable, courageous, has a lot of integrity and he loves his mother,” she said.

Which is why, in part, she said she will be marching in an antiwar demonstration Saturday to bring him and other soldiers home from what protesters Thursday called America’s “illegal war for empire.”

The protest, against the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, will begin with a noon rally in Lafayette Park across the street from the White House. The march will follow.

Organizers said at a news conference Thursday that the Afghanistan conflict has become “Obama’s war.” They criticized the continued fighting there and in Iraq, and said the president’s war policies were just like former President George W. Bush’s.

“Same soup, just a different bowl,” said Mahdi Bray, executive director of the Muslim American Society Freedom. “This is Obama’s war. This is not Bush’s war.”

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