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As Occupations Go On, Peace Vigils Continue Steadfast Resistance to US Imperialism

'There's more terror in the world for fear of what we can do and have done than there is fear that terrorists are going to take over'

- Jacob Chamberlain, staff writer

Weekly antiwar protest, Montpelier, VT, October 28, 2005 (Photo: druojajay via Flickr / Creative Commons License)More than a decade after the starts of the Afghanistan and Iraq wars, pockets of protest continue regularly across the U.S., signaling persistent outrage at those who started a war based on lies, the endless "war on terror," and U.S. empire.

"While the war in Iraq is over for the United States, the war in Afghanistan continues, largely off the public radar as it fades from front pages and the top of television newscasts," the Associated Press reports. "In a way similar to how U.S. service members continue to fight overseas, the small groups of protesters still regularly protest, their voices all but lost in the chatter of a country focused on other things."

An Associated Press report posted Thursday highlights some of these steadfast vigils around the country.

"It's a constant reminder that we are still fighting in various countries. We haven't really come out of Iraq and Afghanistan," Scilla Wahrhaftig, the Pennsylvania program director for the American Friends Service Committee in Pittsburgh, where there are two regular protests every Saturday, told AP. "These little vigils around the country do have that impact of reminding people that this is still going on."

"I believe there are many, many people who know in their conscience that we are at war, that we aren't really in any danger of being invaded by the terrorists," David Connor, 76, told AP. Connor, a Vietnam-era objector, attends the weekly protests in Montpelier. "There's more terror in the world for fear of what we can do and have done than there is fear that there are terrorists going to take over countries like this."

Read more from AP here.Vigil for Afghans, Killed by U.S. Soldier Massacre, New York City, March 12, 2012 (Photo: Alangreig via Flickr / Creative Commons License)Protesters gather on the first and third Monday of each month, May 7, 2012, Augusta, Geogria (aymanfadel via flickr / Creative Commons License) 500th Straight Weekly Peace Vigil in Lansing, MI since 9/11 (Peace Education Center via Flickr / Creative Commons License)Peace vigil, Burlington, Vermont USA (Photo: origamidon via Flickr / Creative Commons License)



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