By Ted Gleichman of Portland, Oregon. Ted describes himself as a "Portland-based political, civic, and business consultant; arrived August 1, 2005, from Denver. (Fell in love & she's here.)"
I haven't searched exhaustively, but my local arrogance leaves me annoyed that The New York Times ignored us in today's edition. Their lead story, "On Anniversary, Bush and Cheney See Iraq Success," includes this graph in the jump:
The administration could take heart this weekend from the relatively small antiwar protests around the country, compared with protests held on the previous two anniversaries of the Iraq invasion. Seven thousand people demonstrated in Chicago on Saturday and smaller protests were held over the weekend in Boston, San Francisco and othere cities. In Times Square, the figure was about 1,000.
According to today's Oregonian, the official estimate by the Portland Police Bureau was "upwards of 9,000 to 10,000."
Portland's turnout clearly exceeded Chicago and the other bigger cities cited.
To be sure, Bush-Cheney-Rove-Rumsfeld can still "take heart," in The Times characterization, in the relative exhaustion of much of the public, but we can take pride here in our relative energy.
As for The Times, please, Blue Oregonians, help bust them on this. Letters to the editors and / or requests for a correction will help ensure they watch us more closely in next round.