INTRO: With each passing day, the war in Iraq brings home ever increasing war dead, and the patience of the American people is growing thin. Grass roots protests against the war bring the reality of American and Iraqi dead and wounded to neighborhoods all across the nation. Now, in a joint demonstration, three bay area groups, St. Pete for Peace, the Nature Coast Coalition, and Citrus Peace Now have joined forces to oppose the war. WMNF’s Mark Antokas has more. Roll Tape: “Two thousand two hundred forty five people are dead! For what?�

SCRIPT: At the intersection of U.S. 19 and Cortez Boulevard in Weeki-Watchie this Saturday, about seventy-five protesters from three Bay area groups gathered to demonstrate against the war in Iraq, the Patriot Act, and domestic eavesdropping. The debate at times was heated. Roll tape.

Protesters lined U.S. 19 with all manner of signs. Here are some voices. Roll Tape:

Peggy Moore of Spring Hill targeted Republican U.S. Congresswoman Ginny Brown-Waite for her support of the war, in particular. Roll Tape.

Congresswoman Brown-Waite did not attend the event, but on Veterans Day, in November of last year, WMNF asked the Congresswoman about her feelings on this war. Roll Tape:

Someone who is also busy these days is Brian Moore co-founder and chairman of the Nature Coast Coalition for Peace and Justice whose membership encompasses Citrus Hernando and Pasco Counties. Roll Tape:

SOCK OUT: The Nature Coast Coalition meets in Spring Hill. You can visit our database at for more information. Click on database, and look for this story. Reporting from Hernando County, this is Mark Antokas for WMNF, radio news.

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