"After the first 1,000 U.S. soldiers were killed in Iraq, Lloydene Cook ironed a collage of transfer photos of those who had died onto a military camouflage coat to wear during anti-war protests....One of the photos is of the son of Cindy Sheehan, the well-known "peace mom" whose activism was sparked by the loss of her child in the Iraq war.
During Saturday's peace rally outside Arden Fair mall, Cook hung her well-worn coat on a tree along Arden Way. Instead, she wore a costume of the Grim Reaper, scythe in hand and skull mask covering her face. The 59-year-old school librarian from Rio Linda splashed the words "650,000 dead in Iraq" in white on the front of her black robe.
"People are totally fed up with this war," Cook said. "The government isn't going to do anything about it, so the people are going to take to the streets."
Thousands who shared Cook's view attended rallies and marches planned across the country Saturday to support a national day of anti-war protests.
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