Students and Poughkeepsie community members banded together to protest the reelection of George W. Bush by holding a mock funeral procession on the streets of Poughkeepsie. The procession included a drummer and four coffins: three labeled “Justice,” Liberty," ''Peace,” while the last was simply black. One student reported to the Miscellany News that the reason for this type of protest was meant to convey “feelings of dispossession and disappointment” due to the anticipated “death of democracy.” The protest was not sanctioned by Vassar College and was attended by students of Bard and State University of New York at New Paltz and members of the Dutchess Greens and Dutchess Peace Organization. Attendees hoped that this would be the beginning of a coalition of similarly-minded people in the Hudson Valley.