The $98,000 to be paid to the ACLU covers attorney fees.

Cunningham said she first learned about the Women in Black, a worldwide movement, in the 1990s while visiting Israel and Palestine, and has since traveled extensively to meetings of the group. She remembers the first demonstration she organized in Baltimore.

"After 9/11, I saw a more fearsome world going on. More homeland security. More arms. More weapons," she said. "I wanted to be in a group that included Muslims, Christians and Jews. I went down to the Inner Harbor thinking I'd be lucky if any of my friends came, and there were 75 people standing for peace."

The numbers fluctuated as the years went by, rising when war was in the news and falling when it wasn't.

Since 2001, as many as 330,000 people have been killed in Iraq and Afghanistan and neighboring Pakistan during the global war on terror, according to research conducted by professors at Brown and Boston universities.

The U.S. military withdrew from Iraq in 2011, and President Barack Obama has pledged to withdraw combat troops from Afghanistan next year.

But with restrictions on demonstrations now loosened in Baltimore, the Women in Black are hoping more will join them.

"People are here every Friday, even if it's just two or three," LeVeque said. "Sometimes it's raining and windy, but our misery is nothing compared to the misery people are going through in wars. We've got to find a different way of settling arguments. Standing here, we hope somebody comes by, looks at our signs, and says, 'Peace: That's a thought.' At least we've made an impression."