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On Sunday, August 15, at 12 noon 300+ people rallied and marched in downtown Pittsburgh for "Healthcare not Warfare".
The Market Square rally featured speakers from PUSH, SEIU local 3 (Justice for Janitors), SEIU 1199P (striking Health Care workers), Black Voices for Peace, NAACP Veterans Affairs Committee, Thomas Merton Center, Physicians for a National Health Program, and Pittsburgh Organizing Group.
The rally was followed by a march through downtown with stops at the Highmark Blue Shield Headquarters and the Federal Building.
Local 3, Pittsburgh's Justice for Janitors union movement, turned out for the march.
As several hundred marched for health care not warfare, a few Bush supporters joined the march. Their agenda was to support US war efforts and the private, for-profit health care system that leaves so many working Americans without health care access.
Pittsburgh's <a href="http://billionairesforbush.com>Billionaires for Bush were on hand to join the counter protestor ranks. (or was it a counter-counter-protest?)
The rally also featured musical performances by Mike Stout and the Raging Grannies.