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Standing-Room-Only to Take an Anti-War Stand

The Pittsburgh contingent of the Sept. 24 anti-war march in Washington D.C. reached the White House (above) in the middle of what was the largest rally in the capital against the Iraq War since the first bombs fell in March 2003. David Meieran, an organizer locally with both the Thomas Merton Center and the Pittsburgh Organizing Group, which are at the center of Pittsburgh's anti-war activity, says even he didn't expect the large turnout locally. "We packed 15 buses with 700 people and there were scores of new faces," Meieran says, including many for whom George W. Bush's response to Hurricane Katrina was the final straw in prompting them to join the rally.