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RainbowPUSH to Reduce Masters Protest March

AUGUSTA, Ga. -- Jesse Jackson's Rainbow/PUSH Coalition will cut back its protest during the Masters golf tournament given the likelihood America will be at war with Iraq during the tournament next month.
Janice Mathis, the group's vice president, said Tuesday the coalition probably will avoid acts of civil disobedience and accept the two protest locations approved by local officials.
Rainbow/PUSH, headed by Jackson, and Martha Burk's National Council of Women's Organizations, have spearheaded protests against the Augusta National Golf Club and its all-male membership. Burk's group is also planning to scale back its demonstrations in light of the war.
'We have had a change of mind-set,' Mathis said. 'There is some feeling that we would have a more muted position if the country is at war. Not that we wouldn't be there, but we'd be there, perhaps, in a less confrontational way.'
The Richmond County Sheriff's office approved one permit Tuesday for as many as 100 people to protest on a five-acre parcel on club-owned Washington Road. That spot was offered as an alternative to two other requested locations closer to the club's main gates, which police said posed safety problems.
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