Scenes from a Rally

These photos were all taken at the anti-war rally in San Francisco on September 24, 2005.

A large banner went by that was being treated like some kind of sacred relic. Why? My question would soon be answered.

It was signed by Cindy Sheehan! I'm gonna faint!

Hey lady -- your flag is upside down!

Now here's a sentiment I can agree with.

Still photos can only go so far in conveying the "feel" of a rally. Videos really give the impression of what it was like to be there. Click here to view a 2.7mb QuickTime video of a typical scene in the march.

An overall scene of the crowd in Mission Dolores Park, listening to speakers before the march.

Estimates of the crowd put the number of people there at about 20,000 -- which seemed about right to me.

No decent rally is complete without the requisite Big Heads.

After I left the march, I walked through United Nations Plaza -- the site where the U.N. was founded in 1945 -- which has a series of pillars commemorating the date the each nation was admitted to the U.N. This one particular pillar has always bothered me, since it reveals that the U.N. admitted Cambodia -- or "Democratic Kampuchea" as it was then known -- in 1976, in the middle of one of the greatest genocides in history, when the Khmer Rouge was in the process of massacring 3 million Cambodians for not being sufficiently politically correct. For 21 years, the UN wouldn't admit Cambodia, but only after it had a Communist revolution and began large-scale politically-motivated massacres did the U.N. deem "Democratic Kampuchea" worthy of admission.

I realize this has nothing to do with the rally (or does it?), but this picture seemed a fitting conclusion.

Return to zombie's main September 24, 2005 anti-war rally page.