Ed Tant

 

Athens antiwar activists assemble at Arch

In late 2002, months before the invasion of Iraq began, antiwar activists in Athens, GA assembled at the University of Georgia Arch, a historic focal point in this college town.  As war clouds gathered in early 2003, hundreds joined a peace march through the city.  Four years later, in 2007, weekly peace vigils led by the Athens chapter of Women in Black are a Tuesday afternoon fixture at the Arch.

In rain or shine and in every season, resolute peace people are on the march even in conservative Southern towns like Athens, GA.  Local groups like Women in Black,  Athens Quakers, Doubts About War and Our Peace Efforts Now (OPEN), have spearheaded marches and vigils for more than four years as George W. Bush’s war drags on in Iraq.

Rain doesn’t dampen the spirits of Jimmy Tsao and Joy Tant as they smile from under an umbrella in the photo at top left, and Nancy MacNair is bundled against the cold  with the Arch in the background in the photo directly to the left.  No matter the weather, all are welcome to rally for peace at the Arch in Athens at 5 pm each Tuesday.