10.08.2006

protest

Our friend Crabbi has a report and photos from World Can't Wait in San Francisco.

Other friend of wmtc reports are in this thread.

Anyone see anything in any mainstream media? I saw nothing. Nah, the media isn't complicit in people's ignorance. Not much.

10 comments:

James said...

Off topic

From the latest Weird Al album, based on "American Idiot" by Green Day:

Don't wanna be a Canadian idiot
Don't wanna be some beer swillin' hockey nut
And do I look like some frostbitten hose-head?
I never learned my alphabet from A to Zed

They all live on donuts and moose meat
And they leave the house without packin' heat
Never even bring their guns to the mall
And you know what else is too funny?
Their stupid Monopoly money
Can't take 'em seriously at all

Well maple syrup and snow's what they export
They treat curling just like it's a real sport
They think their silly accent is so cute
Can't understand a thing they're talkin' aboot

Sure they got their national health care
Cheaper meds, low crime rates and clean air
Then again well they got Celine Dion
Eat their weight in Kraft macaroni
And dream of drivin' a Zamboni
All over Saskatchewan

Don't wanna be a Canadian idiot
Won't figure out their temperature in Celsius
See the map, they're hoverin' right over us
Tell you the truth, it makes me kinda nervous

Always hear the same kind of story
Break their nose and they'll just say "sorry"
Tell me what kind of freaks are that polite?
It's gotta mean they're all up to somethin'
So quick, before they see it comin'
Time for a pre-emptive strike!

Crabbi said...

Hey, that's pretty funny.

Thanks for the link, Laura! I didn't see a lot of coverage on WCW -- suprise -- but there was some. WCW has a list here. That "hundreds of protesters" just cracks me up. I know there were well over one thousand at the San Francisco march, which means that you can probably double or triple that figure for NYC. Not bad for a work day -- and a rainy one, at least in my part of the country.

L-girl said...

Thanks for that media link, Crabbi.

I saw on your blog that you had mixed feelings about the weekday event. I did, too. A general strike / massive walkout is a very powerful tool, but if there isn't widespread support, it can end up being a lot of work for not much results.

But then, when do you know if it's right to use such a tool? What is the magical sign you wait for that enough people will participate? Maybe you just have to jump in and do it.

I don't know if WCW did this, but it's also good if people who can't participate have some way to signal solidarity. I remember, from my childhood, my mother driving with her lights on during the day to show support for the moratorium against the Vietnam War. People can wear armbands or a button.

It's so difficult and frustrating, trying to pierce the iron media curtain.

I hope it was a good day for you. I'd like to see Ellsberg speak in person!

Crabbi said...

What is the magical sign you wait for that enough people will participate?

There's the rub, eh?

I agree, too, that people unable to get time off work should be able to participate in these events. When I was a young working mom, it was often diffcult for me to get time off exactly when I wanted it, and risking my job was not an option for me -- I would have been in deep financial trouble, as well as losing my benefits.

I'm going to e-mail WCW with some questions/ideas. Thanks for the inspiration!

Many of us have a similar dilemma with voting. For example, the Green Party reflects my values -- my most cherished beliefs, in fact -- but until they are a more viable party, I'll have to keep voting for the Dem in close races. Now, if we had instant run-off voting, that would be a whole other story.

L-girl said...

Many of us have a similar dilemma with voting. For example, the Green Party reflects my values -- my most cherished beliefs, in fact -- but until they are a more viable party, I'll have to keep voting for the Dem in close races.

Right. Because you need the Dems who are "less worse" than the Evil Party. But then, how will the Gree Party become more viable unless we vote for them? It's an insoluble dilemma. Like you, I've done different things in different situations.

Re contacting WCW, when I did, they were very responsive. I wanted to know why the "call" on the website accepted only US addresses. I got a thoughtful reply. Good luck! (And I'd say you're welcome, but I didn't do anything.)

Crabbi said...

Like you, I've done different things in different situations.

Sucks that we have to do this, doesn't it? If we didn't have a winner-take-all system, we could all vote for our ideal candidate, every time. But of course the two major parties have no interest in IRV -- or opening debates up to other candidates, for that matter.

That's good to know about WCW.

L-girl said...

Sucks that we have to do this, doesn't it?

It's nuts. At least here, even though it's still first-past-the-post, there are more viable parties, and my vote (when I have one) will actually mean something.

Crabbi said...

Maybe the US will get there some day, but I won't hold my breath. San Francisco has IRV for citywide elections, so at least there's that.

Hey, I got a visit from the US House of Representatives; they were referred from wmtc. I hope it was John Conyers -- I heart him.

L-girl said...

Hey, I got a visit from the US House of Representatives; they were referred from wmtc. I hope it was John Conyers -- I heart him.

I'd be very honoured if we were reading wmtc!

Crabbi said...

Wouldn't that be lovely? Now there's a Democrat!