I will be there with you on September 15, but donâ€™t you think itâ€™s time we employed some other tactics? I just had a really interesting conversation with a girl who is here illegally from Indonesia. She said, â€œThose arenâ€™t protests [talking about our anti-war protests specifically] those are celebrations.â€ Then I read a really interesting piece on Indymedia LA; and the guy was basically making a similar argument. Saying, â€œYou donâ€™t ask for permission [getting permits and the like] to protest. The ruling elite can accept that all day long.
Now Iâ€™m not saying we give up on the large demos. But there seems to be a need to do something more. To ratchet it up a bit. I wonder what your thoughts are.
I agree. Mass protest is important, but more is needed. Sometimes, even at big demonstrations, it feels like the speakers are talking to the already converted. More outreach is always good, but polls show the majority of the public now opposes the war and nearly 50% favor impeachment of Bush, so the outreach is mostly done. Yet Congress ignores the antiwar sentiment of those who elect them.
So, how about we protest pro-war congress members wherever they go, at any public event. Ditto for cabinet members, Cheney, and Bush. Make it uncomfortable for them to appear in public. This could be creatively done, not just angry protesters, but with street theater and massive civil disobedience too.
Work stoppages and walkouts. Sure, this would be hard to organize, but imagine the effect. In 2006, the work stoppages coupled with the historic immigration rights marches sent a clear message – and that’s when the ruling class started paying attention. The antiwar movement needs to do the same.
Unity. The antiwar movement is fractured, often with quite real, hard to resolve differences between the various antiwar organizations. Somehow, we all need to come together under one banner, End The War. Imagine what could be accomplished if we did.
So, those are my thoughts, what are yours? How do we end these insane wars?