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Monday, August 27, 2012

Activists mark the 10th year of the War in Afghanistan

Last Friday afternoon, protesters gathered at the corner of 15th and Peachtree streets to mark the 10th year of the ongoing war in Afghanistan. Congressman John Lewis, D-Atlanta, and the Rev. Joseph Lowery, the "dean of the civil rights movement," joined the crowd of men and women rallying for peace.

Friday's event wasn't just a protest against the war, but also a reminder of the protesters' dedication. Aside from a short pause after President Barack Obama was elected in 2008, the group has rallied, rain or shine, every Friday since Aug. 27, 2002.

John Lewis gave a rousing speech at the end of the protest
  • Dustin Chambers
  • Congressman John Lewis gave a rousing speech while encircled by dozens of protesters.

More photos after the jump.

Civil rights activist Joseph E. Lowery spoke along with his wife Evelyn G. Lowery.
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  • The Rev. Joseph E. Lowery spoke along with his wife, Evelyn.

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  • Rain or shine, activists have gathered to protest the war every Friday since Aug. 27, 2002

A relatively small gathering on the corner of 15th St. and Peachtree
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  • A relatively small gathering on the corner of 15th St. and Peachtree streets

Spike Lee was on his way to lunch and happened upon the protest.  John Lewis and the famed director of Do The Right Thing took a few minutes to quietly chat.
  • Dustin Chambers
  • Filmmaker Spike Lee was on his way to lunch and came across the protest. Congressman John Lewis and the famed director of "Do The Right Thing" took a few minutes to chat.

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