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September 21 (part 2) Monday, October 30, 2006

Bill Kuechmann, a 63-year veteran of the peace movement, shows his feelings about the war in Iraq as part of a protest held in Marshall Community Park in Vancouver on Sept. 21, 2006. Vancouver for Peace, which demonstrates weekly at the site, organized an all-day camp as part of nation-wide Day of Peace activities.

I first photographed a Vancouver for Peace activity back in March. They have been protesting the war every week, but for Sept. 21 they put an extra effort into getting their voices heard. As well as setting up an all-day camp on a busy corner in Vancouver, a small delegation marched down to the offices of Rep. Brian Baird, D-Wash., to talk with him. They had more luck than the group in Portland. While they couldn't meet with the congressman (he was in Washington), they were able to meet with his representative.

Kelly Love (third from left), Acting District Director for Rep. Brian Baird, meets with anti-war demonstrators in his Vancouver office on Thursday. They presented her with petitions asking the congressman to sign a "Declaration of Peace." The congressman was in Washington, D.C.