The Walt Whitman demonstration was proceeded by a walk around the inside of the mall by Long Islanders in their anti-occupation T-shirts which brought attention to the over 4,000 American soldiers who have lost their lives. The T-shirts stated, “ENOUGH!”
Protesters in and outside the mall, including members of East End Women In Black which has vigiled for peace twice monthly in Bridgehampton and Sag Harbor for almost 6 years, called for bringing home the troops; reallocating war funds for housing, jobs, healthcare, the environment and education; restoring Constitutional rights and human rights; and the implementation of a foreign policy based on the rule of law, justice, and human dignity. While there was a great deal of security, protesters were peaceful, did not disrupt shoppers, but hoped to get the local community to pay attention to what is being done in their name.
Summer 2008 Stop the War Long Island Mall Tour sponsored by the Suffolk Peace Network will continue July 26 in Roosevelt Field Mall, Westbury, Long Island.
filed by Sigrid Meinel for East End Report