Post Road Protest

In the 1960s and ’70s, the Post Road bridge was the site of anti-Vietnam War protests.

In the 1990s and ’00s, that spot — now named the Ruth Steinkraus Cohen Bridge, in honor of the longtime UN volunteer — was where demonstrators railed against other US incursions.

Today, a few dozen people — and a couple of younger ones — again protested. This time the catalyst was the failure of grand juries to indict police officers in the deaths of 2 unarmed black men, in Missouri and New York.

(Photo/David Vita)

(Photo/David Vita)



10 responses to “Post Road Protest

  1. So typically Westport!

  2. Terribly creative artwork ! COPD ? Mission accomplished: Got photo posted to a blog ! But ya gotta admire their spunk factor.

  3. I admire those demonstrators.
    In the early 1970’s my father, Harry Wunsch, a man in his sixties, was one of a group of anti-war demonstrators arrested on that bridge. The group was protesting the extension of the Vietnam war into Cambodia. . They blocked traffic on the road. . The town elected to drop charges against them . Among those arrested was the wife of the prosecutor in the local court. This created an awkward situation. I was proud of my father. I didn’t live in the town then or I might have joined him.
    A. David Wunsch
    Staples 1956

  4. Very proud to be a Westporter.

  5. Sharon Paulsen

    Wow! And … Yes!!! Keeping it real in Westport! I’m proud of my hometown.

  6. I have a beautiful black 5 year old grandson, and I love this country but it is breaking my heart. I am so proud and grateful to know that my wonderful town is on the right side of history.

  7. James U. Stephens

    On a lighter and brighter note (no pun intended)……according to all media sources covering the current issue, we can apparently begin using the word “black” again without fear of retribution. Perhaps we are making progress after all.

  8. Thank you to those who demonstrated. And I second my brother David’s comments. Actually, our father and mother on Saturday mornings for seven years stood in front of the bank (I think) in downtown Westport in a silent protest against the Vietnam War.
    Many years later, my father showed me a letter he had received from Cornell University informing him that I had been reprimanded for blocking marine recruiters at Cornell where I was a student. My only reaction when he showed it to me was to be incensed that they had only written to my father and had not also addressed it to my mother. Do people remember the protests against the World Affairs Center in Westport, accusing it of being a communist organization?

  9. Terrific. I was thinking what I could do. When will the next demonstration be? For years, yes years, I stood at the Bridge on Saturday mornings with Estelle Margolis and others “speaking out” against the war in Iraq. The recent homicides of several blacks reflects a real and serious problem. Add one more, torture by the American government.
    Don Bergmann

  10. Sarah,
    It is actions like yours that encouraged me to serve my country. You are welcome.