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meganmonkey Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-17-06 11:52 AM
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Daily Demonstrations in Ann Arbor - JOIN US!!!
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A group of concerned citizens are protesting every Monday through Friday from 5-6pm at the corner of Liberty and Fifth. We have been doing this for about 2 months now.

Unless it is super rainy we are there religiously.

Please join us. Bring a sign, or hold one of our extras. We have some professionally made ones including IMPEACH BUSH yard signs (which you can buy, btw) and lots of hand-made signs. We range from 3 people to 33 people, depending on the weather and mood, I guess.

We are NOT an organized group, we are not affiliated with anyone. We are just people who have had enough.

The woman who started it is named Libby, I have been involved since the get-go, as have a few others. We are bringing more and more people into the fray every day.

This is what inspired it:

The Limits of the Internet or The Silence Of the Streets
by Brigitte Schn

While we're all sitting comfortably at some desk looking at our computer screens, reading articles by people whose opinion we cherish, celebrating the feeling that we might be able to change whatever we want to change by just writing the kind of highly opinionated piece I am about to write, I have lately been giving this complacent feeling of mine a thorough cleansing which led to the following musings:

What if the world, this world of TV images we know, still was pretty archaic at heart and what if it still primarily reacted to centuries-old images and trigger patterns after all? In other words: What do political campaigns and articles via the internet really manage to accomplish? And: Does this mean that I still ought to brave icy winds or pouring rain instead and hold up some banners in demonstrations in order to really achieve anything, and does this mean that all these thoughful articles on the net don't have as much influence as all of us couch revolutionaries would like to believe?

Let me lead you through a little time machine experiment. All I'd ask you to do is imagine that there was an internet around when any of the following occured (there are thousands of cases to choose from; I just randomly picked a few):

The British are occupying India. Instead of rallying hundreds of thousands of Indians in peaceful marches, Mahatma Ghandi launches an internet campaign against the Raj (=British rule of India). Your best bet: Do you think that the British would still be ruling India?

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