On August 25, George W. Bush had planned to be vacationing in Kennebunkport, Maine, but a mass anti-war march of

4,000 through the small town kept him away. This victory was a sign of the growing momentum of the struggle to end the war in Iraq.

The march was initiated by the Kennebunk Peace Department and endorsed by dozens of groups including the ANSWER Coalition (Act Now to Stop War and End Racism).

Eugene Puryear, Howard University student and the national coordinator of Youth & Student ANSWER was a guest speaker at the rally.

“It’s not enough to stand up, we need to get in the way. Let’s go to every recruiting station and get in the way,” Puryear said.

“We say: no more bombing, no more shooting, no more business as usual. If the government doesn’t stop the war, then we, the people, will stop the government.”


Other speakers included former Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney, Cindy Sheehan, Carlos and Melida Arredondo, Liam Madden, president of Iraq Veterans Against the War in Boston, Doug Rawlings, co-founder of Veterans for Peace, and many more.

At the rally, the thousands of demonstrators wore stickers for the upcoming Sept. 15 March on Washington to end the war now. Buses are traveling from every state in New England and from around the country to Washington, D.C., for the Sept. 15 march.

From his vacation home in Maine to the White House, there’s nowhere Bush can go without being confronted by the anti-war movement.