10.05.2006

today

It's today: October 5, World Can't Wait, national action against the Bush regime and its immoral war.

This was action was conceived to take place only in the US, for Americans to take responsibility for the actions of the government. To say: No. You don't represent me. More than 230 events are now planned throughout the country.

Wmtc readers, if you participate in a protest, or if you see news about it anywhere, will you please let us know on this thread?

15 comments:

Mike said...

I was pleasantly surprised to find this post today, because I was just telling a friend of mine that I was going to walk over to the protest here on campus in Chapel Hill, NC. It's a long walk for lunch, but I think it's probably worth it.

Granted doing it at lunch hour doesn't keep the "spirit" of what they are trying to do. Take off work, school, and driving for the day is just not feasible for me right now. Oh well.

Jere said...

I go to Union Square every Thurs night anyway. Perfect. I will be there tonight. Thanks. (In fact, I saw "events throughout the country," and I knew Union Square would be involved somehow...)

L-girl said...

Mike, lunch hour is great. You'll be there - that's what counts.

Good on you guys. Please stop by to report. Jere, if you blog about it, maybe you can stop by and post a link in comments.

redsock said...

Note:

Cost of the Iraq occupation: $2 billion every week (plus $350 million every week for the Afghanistan occupation).

$2,350,000,000 every 7 days.

deang said...

Just got back from one in Austin but was only there for about 30 minutes. About 50 people there when I left, gathered in front of the capitol building, including several members of Code Pink and various people from nearby towns. As with last year's World Can't Wait event here, young people were more in evidence than they usually are at these things, with a number of students from the nearby college town of San Marcos. This year, no march was planned, just speakers and music on the capitol steps. More people were arriving as I left.

On a personal note, I was more involved in political activism ten years ago than I am now, though never as an organizer (too timid). I now rarely show up at demonstrations or marches because it seems so futile to me, though I know low numbers of people are better than none at all.

If the US once again had people taking over government buildings and attempting to shut them down, throwing a wrench in the gears of empire, as it were, I'd feel a bit more motivated, but at present I don't.

The words of a Guatemalan woman I met at a rally years ago also echo in my head:

"Why do Americans always plan their protests months in advance and always obey the police?! In my country, our marches are spontaneous because we really care about what is going on, and if the police say we can't go somewhere, we do anyway! They're our streets! And we refuse to pay money to march down them! I just don't understand Americans! What good does marching do if no one sees it?!"

And she did acknowledge that the defiance of the police resulted in people being killed, but she felt that issues of justice were worth dying for, especially since people were dying anyway from enforced poverty and oppression.

L-girl said...

Thanks so much, Dean. Thanks for going, and thanks for the report.

It's very hard to stay motivated for activism. My biggest motivation was always selfish and personal: I felt better doing something than nothing. Activism helped combat my own feelings of frustration and helplessness.

Being in a crowd of like-minded people made me feel stronger and gave me hope, if only fleetingly.

Also, if there is ever going to be serious resistance, we need to be able to recognize each other - to have some kind of organization in place from which to start.

Your Guatemalan friend asks some good questions there. I often think of the people in South Africa who kept up resistance for so long, under the most tremendous odds - and eventually won.

For most Americans, it's not important enough (yet). It's not life or death like the people in South Africa. They can still go home to watch TV and live in relative comfort.

Or at least that's my thought tonight.

I'm glad you went. As for organizing, well, that seems to be the way some people are oriented. I can't seem to help myself, I just gravitate towards it. It's such a challenge for me to join something and just attend as a member without organizing. But if everyone were like that, it would be very difficult. :)

Crabbi said...

I went to the rally and march today and will be posting some photos soon.

L-girl said...

Thanks, Crabbi! I'll stop by and take a look, then link to you.

deang said...

It's such a challenge for me to join something and just attend as a member without organizing.

I wish I were more like that. When I was asked to do something as simple as collect donations or pass around lists, I would get so nervous I could barely function. I did it, though, but probably not as well as less timid people. And in this part of the country, activist groups are so small that they really need everyone who attends to do some amount of organizational work.

On your motivation for remaining active, I really feel the same way, so I do attend some, just not as often as I used to. I'm more likely to write letters or donate money now (when I have it).

Jere said...

http://letsgosox.blogspot.com/2006/10/moonion-square.html

Don't get your hopes up. I missed the rally. So these rather dark pics don't offer much....

But it looked by the amount of garbageand the size of the temporary stage and speakers that it was a pretty big rally.

L-girl said...

Thanks Jere! (Funny one of the only things you can see is the 9/11 sign!)

Crabbi said...

I posted some photos of San Francisco's event.

Wish my pictures of Daniel Ellsberg turned out, but it was rainy and I was a little far from the stage...

L-girl said...

Thanks, Crabbi! I'll link to you tomorrow.

Cybergirl said...

Friendly hello to all.
I went to the Rutgers NJ rally. I was really disappointed in the turn out. The organizers did a great job. The location perfect with heavy student flow. Not many stuck around though, but information was handed out and email addresses collected. So the word got out!

I then took train into NYC in late afternoon. I thought there would be more there for sure. But again the word got out, that's all one can hope for. I worked the WCW tshirt table and meet and spoke with alot of great people. One of them suggested that similar organizations with the same message should combine...I thought that great idea. Unity is what is needed. Overall a great job was done there also. Nothing on news here in NY or Jersey....YouTube has some footage to view.
Peace All.

L-girl said...

Hi Cybergirl, thanks for the report. I thought it was a coincidence you were reporting from New Brunswick, where some of my family lives, until I realized who you were.

Glad you went. I hope it was a good experience for you, despite the disappointing turnout.