Saturday, July 5, 2014

Greeting Tourists and Rallying for Peace and Justice on the Fourth of July in Santa Cruz

Santa Cruzans gathered once again along busy Ocean Street to greet this year's Independence Day beach tourists with the message of Peace as they drove into town. The weather was predicted to be warm and traffic was bumper to bumper as long-time anti-war activists lined the streets holding signs and greeting people.

"Bill Motto" VFW Post 5888

The rally is an annual event in Santa Cruz.

Santa Cruz area Veterans were in attendance representing VFW Post 5888, and they held their large "Wage Peace" banner. The Raging Grannies sang, and members of Food Not Bombs Santa Cruz held their "three lane" banner, which is so wide it spans three lanes of traffic when stretched out fully.

The rally was co-sponsored by People United for Peace of SC County, SC Coalition to Bring the Troops Home Now, CodePink SC, Santa Cruz Against Drones, the Resource Center for Nonviolence, Santa Cruz Quaker Meeting, Raging Grannies SC, Women in Black SC, SC Branch of the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom, Veterans for Peace SC, United Nations Association SC, and SC Chapter of Jewish Voice for Peace.

Food Not Bombs

Pictured here is Bertha Taube, who is 99 years old.

Raging Grannies

Grandmothers for Peace

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