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‘Tens Of Thousands’ At Today’s Protests?

From the newswires:

With the Capitol as a backdrop, demonstrators listen to the speakers during a protest against the war in Iraq on the National Mall on Saturday, Jan. 27, 2007, in Washington.

Actress and anti-war advocate Jane Fonda, right, listens [along with professional protesters Gail Murphy and Media Benjamin] as Eve Ensler addresses a crowd of protesters at the U.S. Navy Memorial as they participate in a women’s peace rally to voice their opposition to the war in Iraq, Saturday Jan. 27, 2007 in Washington.

Actress Jane Fonda speaks at an anti-Iraq war protest on the National Mall Saturday, Jan. 27, 2007 in Washington.

Actress Jane Fonda, right, smiles with Eve Ensler, author of ‘The Vagina Monologues,’ center, at the U.S. Navy Memorial as they participate in a protest against the war in Iraq, Saturday Jan. 27, 2007, in Washington. Actor Sean Penn can be seen at left.

Rep. Dennis Kucinich, D-Ohio, center, who is running for the Democratic presidential for a second time, speaks at protest against the war in Iraq on the National Mall on Saturday, Jan. 27, 2007 in Washington.

Iraq war protesters march 5 January 2007 in Washington, DC. Thousands of people are expected to gather in Washington to protest the Iraq war and hear speeches by Jane Fonda and other veteran anti-war activists.

Demonstrators walk past the Capitol during a protest against the war in Iraq on the National Mall Saturday, Jan. 27, 2007 in Washington.

Actor Sean Penn, center, joins [professional protester Medea Benjamin] as they march past the U.S. Supreme Court during a march to protest the war in Iraq, Saturday Jan. 27, 2007, in Washington.

Jesse Jackson, Susan Sarandon, with sunglasses, Tim Robbins and other event speakers march with a banner past the Capitol during a march to protest the war in Iraq on the National Mall on Saturday, Jan. 27, 2007, in Washington.

Actors and anti-war demonstrators Susan Sarandon (L) and Sean Penn stand together as they listen to speeches while thousands of protesters gathered on the National Mall to rally against the war in Iraq in Washington, January 27, 2007.

Alice, an anarchist from North Carolina, tries to shake hands with Capitol Police officers as they guard the Capitol during a protest against the war in Iraq Saturday, Jan. 27, 2007 in Washington.

Protesters dance during a demonstration against the war in Iraq on the National Mall on Saturday, Jan. 27, 2007, in Washington. Protesters demanded a withdrawal of U.S. troops in a demonstration Saturday that drew tens of thousands and brought Jane Fonda back to the streets.

"Tens of thousands"? That must be Million Man Math. Apparently Medea Benjamin’s paid stooge, Cindy Sheehan didn’t even bother to show up.

But note, as usual, the artful angles and tight cropping the photographers employ to misrepresent the situation.

By the way, our watchdog media also fail to report that Jodie Evans and Medea Benjamin of Code Pink plan to take over House and Senate offices on February 5th, if they don’t get their way.

Just another minor detail not worth mentioning.

Meanwhile, in a parallel universe:

Anti-abortion demonstrators march along Constitution Ave. in Washington, Monday, Jan. 22, 2007 on the 34th anniversary of the Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion.

Anti-abortion demonstrators make their way past the Capitol in Washington, Monday, Jan.. 22, 2007, as they participate in a rally marking the 34th anniversary of the Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion.

There were absolutely no projections of crowd numbers in last week’s anti-abortion demonstration in any of the wire service photos that I have seen.

And, as we have mentioned often before, the group behind this, United For Peace And Justice, are professional America haters.

From Discover The Networks:

UFPJ’s Steering Committee. Note Medea Benjamin on the far left.

UNITED FOR PEACE AND JUSTICE (UFPJ)

P.O. Box 607
Times Square Station
New York, NY
10108

Phone :212-868-5545
URL :http://www.unitedforpeace.org/

* Anti-war coalition consisting of more than 1,300 local and national groups
* Co-chaired by pro-Castro socialist Leslie Cagan

United For Peace and Justice (UFPJ) is an anti-war coalition consisting of more than 1,300 local and national groups joined together "to protest the immoral and disastrous Iraq War and oppose our [American] government’s policy of permanent warfare and empire-building." The coalition’s Unity Statement denounces "the ‘pre-emptive’ wars of aggression waged by the Bush administration" in its "drive to expand U.S. control over other nations and strip us of our rights at home under the cover of fighting terrorism and spreading democracy."

In an effort to diminish the potential calamities that might result from what UFPJ characterizes as America’s aggressive pursuit of world domination, the coalition has launched a Nuclear Disarmament Campaign. "The world," it says, "is destined to find itself in a state of perpetual war so long as the United States maintains its bloated nuclear arsenal. Nuclear disarmament must become a core issue on the global peace movement’s agenda."

UFPJ was officially created on October 25, 2002 in the Washington, DC offices of People For the American Way. Its initial membership consisted of approximately 70 organizations. Prior to UFPJ’s founding, the anti-war movement had earned a reputation as a hodgepodge of radical elements. All the large-scale peace demonstrations to that point had been held under the auspices of International ANSWER, an organization aligned with the Marxist-Leninist Workers World Party; Global Exchange, headed by the longtime pro-Castro communist Medea Benjamin; and Not In Our Name, a project organized by Ramsey Clark and fellow leaders of the Revolutionary Communist Party. United For Peace and Justice was created explicitly to put a milder face on the anti-war movement, although from its inception UFPJ shared with the aforementioned groups a passionate hatred for the United States and for capitalism.

The Co-Chair and principal leader of UFPJ is Leslie Cagan, an original founder of the Committees of Correspondence (a remnant organization created by the American Communist Party upon going out of business) and a strong supporter of Fidel Castro since the 1960s; Cagan proudly aligns her politics with those of Communist Cuba.

The breadth of UFPJ’s agendas extends well beyond anti-war activism. Passionately anti-American, this group condemns virtually every aspect of U.S. foreign policy and domestic life. It impugns America’s "daily assaults and attacks on poor and working people, on women, people of color, lesbians/gays and other sexual minorities, the disabled, and so many others." It asserts that "the government treats all immigrants as potential terrorist threats until proven innocent, in violation of the Constitution," thereby "expanding the scope and depth of racial injustice within the U.S."

UFPJ was a Co-Sponsoring Organization of the April 25, 2004 "March for Women’s Lives" held in Washington, D.C., a rally that advocated unrestricted access to taxpayer-funded abortion-on-demand.

UFPJ has campaigned against American support for Israel’s construction of an anti-terrorist security fence in the West Bank, which it describes as an illegal "apartheid wall" that violates the civil and human rights of Palestinians.

UFPJ is also a sponsoring organization of the Immigrant Workers Freedom Ride Coalition, which seeks to secure ever-expanding civil rights and civil liberties protections for illegal aliens, and policy reforms that diminish or eliminate all restrictions on immigration to the United States.

The UFPJ steering committee is a somewhat fluid collection of nearly four-dozen individuals; in recent years this committee has included representatives of such organizations as Historians Against the War, the Independent Progressive Politics Network, Iraq Veterans Against the War, Global Exchange, Peace Action, Veterans For Peace, September 11th Families for Peaceful Tomorrows, the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom, Tikkun Magazine and Community, the Communist Party USA, Code Pink, Not In Our Name, the American Friends Service Committee, the Institute for Policy Studies, the U.S. Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation, and Military Families Speak Out. Among the individuals serving on the steering committee are Medea Benjamin, Van Gosse, Kevin Martin, and Rania Masri.

UFPJ has received financial support from the Colombe Foundation, the Samuel Rubin Foundation, the Shefa Fund, the Tides Foundation, and the Town Creek Foundation.

Again, our watchdog media can never be bothered to report such insignificant details.

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Saturday, January 27th, 2007. Comments are currently closed.

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