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bloom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-28-05 08:13 PM
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"Make Levees, Not War"
Make Levees, Not War

Liza Featherstone

"If you stayed away from Saturday's antiwar demonstration in Washington, DC, fearing extremist messages and pathetic numbers, you missed out.

Some people did just that, disturbed that United for Peace and Justice had agreed to co-sponsor its rally with Act Now to Stop War and End Racism (ANSWER), a group that attracts criticism wherever it goes, for a lack of political nuance and a bullying attitude toward other organizations. Liberal groups like did little to promote the event, despite the fact that with President Bush's approval ratings lower than ever, and more than half of Americans opposing the war, it presented a historic opportunity for a vigorous show of dissent.

Luckily, huge numbers of Americans--at least 100,000, maybe more--did seize that opportunity, traveling to the nation's capital from places as divergent as Louisville, Kentucky, and Orange County, California. Marchers included many more African-Americans than a typical DC antiwar march, as well as more people in their 30s and 40s with children. Despite the event's lack of support by any major Democratic Party leaders, clean-cut suburban liberals still proudly affiliated with the Kerry and Dean campaigns were also well represented.

Any fears about intemperate rhetoric were unfounded. Both in the marchers' own sentiments--scrawled on thousands of handmade signs--and in the speakers' exhortations from the podium, the protest was tighter and more consistent in its message than any such event in years.

There was no laundry list of grievances; rather, protesters expressed unified, clear and eloquent opposition to the war on the Iraqi people, and its toll on domestic priorities, especially as exemplified by the tragedy in the Gulf Coast. Speakers like Jesse Jackson, George Galloway and Cindy Sheehan were inspiring and succinct..."
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Catchawave Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-28-05 08:33 PM
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1. Great article, I love The Nation
Thanks for posting :hi:
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bloom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-28-05 09:07 PM
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2. I thought it was interesting since this is the article...
that United for Peace and Justice links to - to describe the event.
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