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Unity 2000 March Brings 12,000 to Philadelphia

An estimated 12,000 protestors representing a coalition of various progressive organizations and causes took to the streets in Philadelphia this weekend, protesting the Republican National Convention. Abortion rights was the march’s main focus, sending a message to GOP delegates that their anti-abortion stance is out of tune with the opinion of the public. The march down Benjamin Franklin Parkway highlighted abortion rights, women’s rights, lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights, and opposition to the death penalty. Feminists, union organizers, Green Party members, and anti-racist activists were all represented, and protestors called for universal health care, an end to police brutality, and more scrutiny of multi-national corporations that exploit workers. Jessica Terlikowski, an intern at the Feminist Majority, called the march “empowering and inspiring,” and described the atmosphere as “united.” The peaceful march was the first event in three days of scheduled protests in conjunction with the GOP Convention.

Sources:

Philadelphia Inquirer - July 31, 2000 and Associated Press, U.S. News - July 31, 2000 and Associated Press, U.S. News - July 29, 2000 and Washington Post - July 31, 2000

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