The protest was held Saturday afternoon against U.S. foreign policy and involvement in wars overseas. One man said he had driven more than nine hours from Ohio to attend the rally.
One protester said that instead of shutting down the government they need to shut down the wars. Certainly that would save a great deal of money. Tom Murphy from Brooklyn said:"It's costing $100 million a day. In the meantime, we are being told that there is no money for badly needed social programs. We don't want war. We want more jobs,"
Carol Kennedy from Pennsylvania and said that the killing of innocent people must stop:"Anytime you have drones and other bombs-they kill people even if your intentions are to kill people like Ghaddafi," Another protester said:"It's not enough for President Obama to say in his election ‘Yes, we can.' We need to see action. We just see words. We should stop this corruption. We should stop these wars," Since the election of Obama the anti-war movement in the U.S. has been relatively silent.