> Anti-Bush Banner Launched in Grand Central


New Yorkers Launch Huge Anti-Bush Banner
with Balloons in Grand Central Station

(and walk away unhassled, amid cheers)


This action was conceived as a peaceful, provocative, visual message of
protest against the Bush Administration's manipulation of fear and
repression of dissenting voices and to show that many New Yorkers and US
citizens stand opposed to the Bush Administration's exploitation of fear in
the wake of 9/11. We are opposed to their lies, and the wars they have

Press Release:


NEW YORK, August 18, 2004 - Today at 5:43 p.m., a group of New Yorkers
released a 15-foot banner suspended by helium balloons in the main
concourse of New York’s Grand Central Terminal. The banner reads:


The banner now hangs from the Vanderbilt Avenue end of the Terminal’s
vaulted ceiling, across from the large American Flag hanging above the
eastern end of the concourse.


Watch streaming video footage of the action. (courtesy ACT UP: Republican National Convention Protests)

Digital stills are available at:

The action was conceived as a peaceful visual message of protest against the
Bush administration: Its exploitation of fear and uncertainty in the wake of
9/11, its lies, and the wars it has engendered.

Rather than healing the gaping wounds left by 9/11, Bush has bombarded us with lies.

Rather than acting to improve the nation’s anti-terrorism efforts, he has
launched wars that have added to the violence and incited terrorists.

Rather than working with our allies and abiding by international laws, Bush
has shown contempt for the United Nations, the Geneva Conventions, and other
world governments.

Rather than reinforcing democratic and humane ideals, Bush used 9/11 to push
through the Patriot Act and launch an assault on American civil liberties
and freedom of expression.

The protesters chose Grand Central Terminal because it is a main artery of
New York City, which will soon be infiltrated by a Republican Party that,
through the President and its majority in Congress, has made this country
and the world more ruthless and dangerous places.

The protesters have chosen to resist the climate of fear and to show that
there are many New Yorkers and U.S. citizens who stand opposed to the war in
Iraq, opposed to Bush’s foreign policy, and to the Republican Party’s
neglect of actual needs such as jobs, healthcare, housing, education, and
true national security.

Today’s action is part of a groundswell of visual, non-violent protest
against the Bush administration that has surfaced despite the repressive
climate this administration has fostered.

For more information about this action, please email:


press coverage:

CNN: Paula Zahn, August 26, 2004 (8pm EST)

The Village Voice
Conventional Wisdom: Sound Check

On the streets and in courtrooms, convention preliminaries are under way
August 24th, 2004 12:15 PM
"New York is awash in pre-convention antics as the opening for the GOP confab approaches. In Grand Central Station, in the midst of rush hour last Tuesday evening, anti-war protesters unleashed a 15-foot-high giant banner, suspended by helium balloons. "No Bush Lies Wars," the banner read, and commuters applauded as it rose toward the cavernous ceiling. The banner stayed aloft for three hours while Metro-North police waited for the helium to escape."

Major Transit Hub Site of Anti Bush Protest
NY Activist 19 Aug 2004 02:55 GMT

Referrers: Blogs + Message Boards
August 27, 2004
Annatopia: the game begins

August 25, 2004
Social Design Notes: Grand Central Banner

August 24, 2004

Savannah Area Gateway to Social Justice and Sustainable Living: Balloons Against Bush

August 23, 2004
Bush Filter Newswire (left sidebar): Anti-Bush banner launched in Grand Central Station NYC

Metaflter: "Now this is pretty clever..."

c u l t u r e k i t c h e n: NO BUSH LIES WAR Anti-Bush Banner Launched in Grand Central

Passionate Patriots' Message Board: Welcome to New York, Republicans!

August 22, 2004
BuzzFlash: Anti-Bush Banner Launched in Grand Central Station

Daily Kos: The protests have already begun: Anti-Bush Banner in Grand Central

Democratic Underground: anti-bush banner launched in Grand Central (helium balloons)

Diggers Forum: check out grand central station

Smirking Chimp Message Boards (members only): New Yorkers Launch Huge Anti-Bush Banner (and walk away unhassled, amid cheers) The Peaceful Protests have already begun...

Mike Essl: No Bush Lies Wars

August 21, 2004
Houston Indymedia: NYC activists launch anti-bush banner in Grand Central Station

Omaha For Peace: GRAND CENTRAL STATION: Banner rises amidst applause

Counter News: New Yorkers Launch Huge Anti-Bush Banner with Balloons in Grand Central Station

the Official Kerry-Edwards blog: The protests have already begun excellent idea!

August 20, 2004
Ollapodrida: balloons fly bush lies

Tsuredzuregusa: Guerilla Activism

And Then...

Phlogredux: Should be an interesting couple of weeks.

August 19, 2004
RNC Watch: Anti-Bush Protest in Grand Central

Choire Sicha: Convention Protests Begin; Writers Arrested for Taking Pictures

Rhythmism: yesterday in grand central

Citizens For Legitimate Government: New Yorkers Launch Huge Anti-Bush Banner with Balloons in Grand Central Station

RNC Not Welcome (scrolling news items - no longer there)

August 18, 2004
ACT UP NY: Republican National Convention Protests

Indianapolis Hardcore: bush banner "dropped" in central station

Rhizome: New Yorkers Launch Huge Anti-Bush Banner with Balloons in Grand Central Station