Here at ANSWER LA, we’ve been organizing for Saturday’s antiwar march and rally for over three months.
We’ve printed and distributed over 90,000 flyers, pasted up thousands of posters, done outreach at dozens of events, worked with many other organizations, made 1,500 phone calls, sent numerous emails out on the listserv, faxed and called several dozen media outlets, and held many organizing and planning meetings.
That’s what it takes to put on a major demonstration – months of planning and work. No, we’re not paid. What we’re doing in L.A. is being repeated in over 200 other cities, with dedicated activists working to end the insanity of these wars for empire and oil, planning mass protests for this weekend.
Will it rain here on Saturday? Maybe. It did last year, and thousands still came. Lives are being destroyed in Iraq and Afghanistan. Yet neocons want more invasions and war, like in Iran – North Korea and Venezuela too. So, what’s a little rain when innocents in Badhdad are getting their homes blown up?
PS The Net is great for spreading information. But it is not, and can never be, a substitute for real life organizing. Nor can it bring about change by itself. The change comes from elsewhere, the Net can only help to transmit it. Signing net petitions and leaving comments on blogs will never bring about the real change this country needs. Bloggers need to take that energy and get into the streets and communities and organize.