Students Across USA Drop Books to Protest a WarSeveral thousand high school and college students from New York to California took to the streets Wednesday, walking out of classes to protest a possible war with Iraq. Several thousand high school and college students from New York to California took to the streets Wednesday, walking out of classes to protest a possible war with Iraq.
In Chicago, about 1,000 people rallied at Federal Plaza downtown. Jesse Jackson Sr. compared the protests to the student sit-ins at Woolworth's during the civil rights movement in the 1960s.
In New York City, hundreds of students chanting "Drop books not bombs," gathered in New York City's Union Square before making their way uptown to Hunter College where they held an anti-war rally.
Roughly 1,500 demonstrators protested at Penn State University in State College, then submitted petitions asking local council members to speak out against a possible invasion.
A throng of students demonstrated at Marquette University in Milwaukee, while roughly 500 others set aside their textbooks at the University of Maryland and marched out of their classrooms.
The walkout was part of a national day of protest, organized to build on the momentum sparked Feb. 15, when tens of thousands of Americans and millions around the world protested proposed military action in Iraq.
Though the demonstrations in the USA were non-violent, 18 people were arrested for blocking a Los Angeles intersection. Roughly 500 students demonstrated in front of Venice High School and another 1,000 students staged a protest at Santa Monica City College.
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