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Glad We Went!

John called me a hippie-flower-child this morning, as I tied bright mylar flowers to my black umbrella.

If I could have found duct tape (there's a shortage, I hear), I'd have written out WAGE PEACE on the umbrella. But since it's a black umbrella, and the only thing I could find in the house was black electrical tape, I went with the flowers.

Seattle Center can hold a lot of people! The police estimate was 8-15 thousand. The organizer's estimate was 20 thousand. That usually means it's somewhere in between.

Sherman Alexie (author of The Business of Fairydancing) opened the speeches. I loved his story about how, after 9/11, he was crossing the street, when some white man, in a big pickup, flying big american flags, yelled at him to "Go back to your own country.". He says he didn't think of it until the man was halfway down the block to yell back "You first!". (Sherman Alexie is native American).

Pramila Jayapal and Jim McDermott didn't disappoint either.

I'm really glad that we went. I think that the world is reminding Mr. Bush that he's a little out of touch, and that peace can be a patriotic act.

I forget who it was who said that being anti-war didn't mean that they didn't support the troops (I think it was Alexie). He said "I do support our troops. I want them all to die of old age, at home, surrounded by family and people they love". I'm really annoyed with the rhetoric of being pro-peace doesn't support the troops. And that many of the pro-war rallies are draped in the clothes of being "supporting our troops". I just can't imagine that anyone, with family in the military, would want to see them go off to a war.

Anyway, I'm rambling. It was good to be part of history today. It might not have been much, but in my own little way, I helped make a difference. This was my act of patriotism--supporting those who say that war terrorism.

(I should plug Noam Chomsky here, since his speech "The Journalist from Mars" on the nature of terrorism has really helped define a lot of my feelings about it. You can get it at www.alternativeradio.org.)

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hiddeneye
Feb. 15th, 2003 05:45 pm (UTC)
there was very little trace of portland's peace march, by the time I got downtown at 2:30. I didnt' see much trace on my way over to the east side at 11:30, either. having said that, we've been having small-scale "no war" marches for several months now...
sisterfish125
Feb. 17th, 2003 10:09 am (UTC)
Savannah, Attempt #2...
Previous post eaten, as I guess somehow I got logged out....

Savannah was pretty quiet, had maybe 30 people there. No button people, and only a few signs. I was around that area for about half an hour or so, as it was on the same intersection as the visitor's center, so I even managed to have my parents stay in the same vicinity for a short while.

I was a bit disappointed, but there were so many activities going on, with the Irish festival and a couple of other things going on in the area. Also, was big weekend for the art & design school to have open house. TONS of prospective students and families in the area too...
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