Senator Lindsey Graham came to North Augusta on October 1, and the CSRA Peace Alliance, along with members from Aiken Peace and the Carolina Peace Resource Center, planned a demonstration to let the Senator and the public know that sabre-rattling against Iran is a bad idea.
About 10 people showed up, and we held our signs along Georgia Ave, in view of passing traffic. One of the attendees shared her photos on Facebook.
North Augusta peace officers, in accordance with current ordinances, dispersed our demonstration. Some of us decided to move into the North Augusta government building itself. When we got to the third floor meeting room, we found that the meeting was public, contrary to what had been printed in the Augusta Chronicle.
Senator Graham and Representative Joe Wilson, who is likely to be the area’s next representative to the U.S. House of Representatives due to redistricting, were there answering questions. An audio recording of the last 45 minutes of the session is available. The Senator and Representative did take our questions and answer them.
The following local media mentioned our protest: The Augusta Chronicle (click on the picture tab, and the picture was printed on the front page of the physical paper with its caption), WXFG (Fox-54) and WRDW (CBS-12).
Ayman Fadel sent an e-mail to The Guardian columnist Glenn Greenwald, and he mentioned Senator Graham’s remarks in North Augusta in a column entitled The true reason US fears Iranian nukes: they can deter US attacks.
On Tuesday, WJBF (ABC-6) ran a piece about how our demonstration revealed that North Augusta’s ordinance on demonstrations was unconstitutional. Ashely Bridges, the reporter who interviewed David Matos, is on Facebook and Twitter.
Last, but not least, the Women in Black peace activists conducted their regular vigil in Aiken. This vigil takes place the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of each month, from 4:30pm-6:00pm, at the corner of Whiskey Rd and Hitchcock Dr. You don’t have to be a woman, and you don’t have to wear black. Just come to ask for peace!