Anti-Bush rally rolls through campus

UNCG students and members of the community took to the streets of downtown Greensboro on Nov. 2 armed with signs, bullhorns and drums in hopes of opening eyes to their cause: "The World Can't Wait: Drive Out the Bush Regime."

By: Matt Blalock, Chris Lowrance
Issue date: 11/8/05 Section: Campus News

About 60 marchers, possibly 70, were seen marching behind a giant, "The World Can't Wait: Drive Out The Bush Regime," banner last Wednesday. Drums and whistles echoed across campus. Someone in a Bush mask, suit and devil horns led the march like a parade. At least one large black coffin with "New Orleans" painted on the side in white was part of the spectacle.

Starting at the fountain, they could be seen where College Avenue meets Spring Garden. They filled the street, marching down College Avenue, turning right in front of the library, doubling back and passing in front of McIver, taking a left onto Spring Garden then a left onto Tate Street. They stopped in front of Kinko's, then continued down Tate, turning right on to Walker.

There, they filled the street again, cars having to stop behind them, and continued towards downtown.

By the end, more than a hundred people marched through the UNCG campus and then to downtown Greensboro November 2 in an effort to "Drive out the Bush Regime." The event was one of many protests occurring simultaneously nationwide.

According to a website created by Samantha Korb, a major organizer and speaker at the rally that followed the march, it was an event that will "begin the social movement" and eventually "end and Drive Out the Bush Regime."

The event was organized by "The World Can't Wait - Drive Out the Bush Regime," set up by college students around the country.

"It was a non-partisan effort, but the biggest supporters were the Revolutionary Socialists," said Crista Cuccaro, who was one of the first to arrive at the fountain.

"There were about 25 of us at the fountain when we started and by 2 o'clock we had about 100 people," said Korb.

The event is considered a success by most attendees.

"People came out of buildings and gave us thumbs up," said Korb. "One guy came up to us and ask us, 'What about the people who died on 9/11, what about the Bible?' We got a few middle fingers, but for the most part the positive support overwhelmed the negative response."

Desmond Florence, an active member of the UNCG Campus Anti-War Network, agreed with Korb that the event was largely successful.

"There were so many people supporting us - honking their car horns, throwing up peace signs. It was great!"

As the group marched around campus, they were joined by a group of drummers who helped to spread the message a little further than their voices could reach, making it a literal wake up call for some resident students.

"The message was more of a wake-up call than the drummers, because I hope it opened a few eyes to what Bush is doing," Florence said.

The organizing team created a set of several things they were particularly against, and you can find those posted on their Web site at