War is over — if you want it.
Banner-toting peaceniks hit the streets to protest the War in Iraq at a weekend of rallies mobilized by the Interfaith Peace Coalition and Fort Greene Peace and timed to the seventh anniversary of the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq.
The street-pounders made their footprint outside the office of Rep. Mike McMahon (D–Bay Ridge), where Coalition coordinator Vicki McFadyen and members remonstrated the pol — though a freshman — for “seven years of death, debt and destruction.”
The group underscored its message on banners emblazoned with such phrases as, “Billions for warfare, nothing for healthcare” and “Money for jobs and education, not for war and occupation.”
At Fort Greene Park, marchers discussed, “Who’s dying, who’s lying and who’s profiting,” transforming the emerald empire into a verdant podium against a war that has led to the death of 4,000 American troops.
“We’re concerned that billions of dollars are being spent on these wars while problems mount in this country,” said Fort Greene Peace rally co-coordinator Ed Goldman, a retired teacher who added, “The needs of people are not being met while Congress debates throwing away huge amounts of money on a war that cannot be won, is not necessary and that is wrong to be there.”