by Bronwyn Mauldin
Evelyn Stern was planning to work in her Brentwood garden on Sunday, but instead found herself at the Westwood Federal Building with more than 200 other Angelenos protesting against the American and British bombings of Afghanistan.
When she heard about it on the radio that morning, Stern immediately went to the Internet to learn more. Sure enough, she already had two e-mails about the bombing. One was from a Southern California peace coalition, notifying her about the demonstration. The other was from friends in France.
Isael Hermosillo, a junior at the University of Southern California, had been planning to meet friends in Echo Park that day to make signs in preparation for a demonstration against former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, who would be speaking Tuesday at USC. When a friend called and woke him up to tell him about the bombing, he turned on the television.
The first thing he saw was a press conference with Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld. Hermosillo, a 21 year-old majoring in history and Chinese, was bothered that the reporters were not questioning what Rumsfeld told them.