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Local People Demonstrate Opposition to US Occupation of Afghanistan

October 8, 2009

(This story and video was produced by James Ayers and Girbe Eefsting)

On October 3, 2009 a group of activists gathered at Heartside Park in Grand Rapids, Michigan to protest the escalating war in Afghanistan. Holding signs declaring the devastating human and economic costs of the war the protesters marched from Heartside Park to the blue foot bridge and there stood amid the bustling Artprize spectators to make there voices heard. There they handed out several dozen flyers with information and resources about the war’s economic impact on Grand Rapids. On the bridge and the street the participants weren’t met with much enthusiasm, however, they did receive several car honk votes of solidarity, nods, and sometimes just a silent thumbs up. For more information on the Cost of War in Afghanistan, visit

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