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Frying Pans for Congress? War Protest Honors Molly Ivins

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 By Chris ThomasContact
March 14, 2007

This weekend, some Washingtonians will mark the fourth anniversary of the Iraq war by sending pots and pans to Congress. The protest honors late journalist Molly Ivins, who suggested in her last column that everyone "hit the streets, banging pots and pans" to demand an end to the war. Protest organizers are calling on war opponents to send or drop off pots and pans at the offices of lawmakers who voted for the most recent troop surge. The gesture doesn't surprise Jim Vesely, editorial page editor of The Seattle Times. The newspaper carried Ivins' political humor column for more than a decade despite many requests to drop it.

"Not only was she skewering the president and the vice-president and the war, but she was laughing at ourselves as Americans, and how we go about our business. We certainly resisted the campaign to get her off of our pages, and it was worthwhile."

Vesely says he'll contribute some of his own pots and pans to the cause. Organizers of the effort, known as "Raise Hell for Molly Ivins," say their target date to deliver them is Monday, March 19, the actual anniversary date of the war.

Jim Vesely believes that, although she was often labeled "liberal," Ivins' views were closer to those of average Americans.

"In the papers that carried her across the country, I think she was like Mencken, like some of the other great satirists, like Twain. She was able to, with rustic language, be a voice for the people."

Learn more about the protest at www.raisehellformollyivins.org.

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