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38 Years Later, Margolis Still Fights For Peace

On May 11, 1972, Westporter Estelle Margolis was arrested on the Post Road where the bridge crosses the Saugatuck River for an act of civil disobediance against the Vietnam War. On April 17, 2010, she stood in the rain near the spot of that 38-year-old arrest quietly protesting the Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts.

“When a mother says, 'My son died for a good cause,' it just makes me sick,” said Margolis. “That is why I am here.”

Every weekend for the past five years Margolis has tried to rally like-minded people to show their support for ending United States involvement in foreign wars. Some days, ten people show up; other days, only one or two stand with her for a few hours on the bridge.

Margolis remembered the circumstances back then as another rainy day. She said people were talking about the United States bombing Cambodia.

Margolis said, “It was a moment of profound frustration for all of us.”

Margolis and her companions walked slowly across the Post Road and then walked slowly back. Finally, they decided to sit down and block traffic. The police responded with arrests. Margolis's husband, Manny, was practicing law in Stamford and had to come home to bail her out. He still praises her dedication to her beliefs.

Until the United States withdraws from Iraq and Afghanistan, the 83-year-old Margolis will continue to stand for a few hours at her post on the bridge holding signs and asking drivers to give peace a chance.

“Vietnam was a complete disaster,” said Margolis. “And we feel the same about these two wars.”

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