On the second day of the 2004 Republican National Convention, five Vassar students were arrested in connection with a protest, called Day of Direct Action. This protest was centered on bringing awareness to the deadly consequences of the war in Iraq. The students boarded subways dressed in black clothing and white face paints, with signs hanging from their necks that read, “War Dead.” They sought to remind New Yorkers that while they may be able to go about normal lives, there are many around the world who are having their lives disrupted by war. Although the students were traveling with journalists and observers and believed they were not in violation of any laws, they were arrested by six police. After returning back to Vassar’s campus, the students maintained that they did not regret protesting and felt they were exercising their First Amendment Rights.