San Francisco during the build up to war was a hotbed of discontent not only over the invasion of Iraq, but of a wide range of policies that have affected the nation. We were over 100,000 strong, we were heard. Many disagree that it matters not. That peaceful protest is ineffective. I say stand up and be counted. Having faith that my vote will be counted, surrounded by hundreds of thousands of people who all wished good will was a powerful experience. There were all kinds out, but mostly moms, dads, brother and sisters, children.. young and old. A large swatch of the public cried out for peace..