It looks like a number of local news sources picked up the Wake Up Call rally in downtown’s De La Guerra Plaza last weekend. This rally was organized by the Veterans for Peace and our new Ron Paul meetup group member, Penny. There ended up being over 200 people show up at the event, and four of our meetup group members were there as well. The rally marked the 8th anniversary of the Iraq War and was intended to be a non-partisan event to protest what’s going on in Washington DC with all the wars and spending. After congregating at the plaza and listening to some speakers, the protesters then marched down State Street to the Arlington West beach where all the crosses representing each US soldier that died in Iraq are displayed. Our meetup’s group focus for the event was not only to protest spending at the wars, but to also network with other groups and to promote the false left-right paradigm. Overall the event ended up having mostly liberal folks, but there was a cross section of some other groups such as ours and the 9/11 Truthers.
Here’s some video coverage from KEYT news: http://www.keyt.com/news/local/Rally-Aganist-War-Held-In-Santa-Barbara–118302339.html.
The Santa Barbara Independent press release can be found here: http://www.independent.com/news/2011/mar/18/wake-call-rally-and-march/.
Here are some pictures of the protest, thanks to Ed Hat contributor Robert Bernstein: http://swt.org/act/wakeup2011/.