Source: Mercury News
On February 16, 2003 the Mercury News reported that "awakened and alarmed by America preparing for war, thousands of chanting demonstrators gathered in San Jose and Santa Cruz on Saturday, joining an increasingly visible movement against a U.S.-led invasion of Iraq... The San Jose turnout was as deeply diverse as the city, with many of the estimated 3,000 marchers from the Latino, Asian, black and Middle Eastern communities. As they marched down Santa Clara Street, Unitarians joined Methodists; Jews walked with Palestinians. The Sierra Club turned out; so did members of Local 393 of the Plumbers, Steamfitters and Refrigeration Fitters Union."