Sunday, January 28, 2007

Protests!

Yesterday was a big protest day across the USA. The biggest protest was in DC, and many people have written up about that one. I found this picture of protesting in the USA.

PHOTO:

Thousands of protesters of the war in Iraq heading to the Embarcadero after holding a rally at Powell and Market Streets, protesting the latest troop deployments, Saturday, Jan. 27, 2007, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Dino Vournas)

Here in Asheville, there was about 50-60 people who showed up for a Peace Rally at Vance Monument. This rally was called by a women who has not worked with the Peace Coalition or Vets for Peace or any other peace group in the area. She just felt inspired to call a rally. I had mentioned this rally when I was being interviewed by the only local TV station - and they covered the buses going to DC and also mentioned the local rally. That got some people there who were not connected to any local peace groups to the rally.

As I was walking to this small rally in Asheville, someone said to me: "War is not the answer, bigger bombs is the answer." I said "that's ridiculous" and kept on walking. I really don't know what to say to people who are so obviously stupid. I am sorry that they live in my country, however.

4 comments:

msliberty said...

On the tv coverage of our local protest they interviewed an observer who opposed our rally. She said, and I quote, "Don't these people remember what happened five years ago? Or have they forgotten?" implying that somehow what's going on in Iraq is related to the 9/11 attacks.

I will never understand these levels of idiocy.

Robert Rouse said...

I was at the DC rally and like all other rallies I attend, the feeling between those on the line is one of a sincere desire for peace.

Here in Fort Wayne, IN, we hold a monthly rally and for the past year there have been a few counter-protesters on the other side of the street holding signs that tell us that those boys and girls are in Iraq for our freedom. This is BS of course . . . we had those freedoms long before this war. If anything, Bush and this war have led to an erosion of our freedoms.

BTW, nice blog! I found you through Human's place. I'll add a link today over at Left of Centrist.

say said...

"The question really is," she said, "we face a lot of dangers in the world, and in the gentleman's words, we face a lot of 'evil men.'

"People like Osama bin Laden comes to mind."

She paused.

"And what in my background equips me to deal" --Clinton waited a beat and got a gleam in her eyes -- "with evil and bad men?"
Hillary Rodham Clinton

JC Shakespeare said...

Hi,

I have some pictures from the Austin march on Jan 27 at my blog, Peace Meme.

http://www.peacememe.typepad.com

Stop in and click on the photo album on the right column.

Very cool blog! One suggestion that I've been working on myself: instead of calling people with different opinions idiots, try to find a ray of compassion for them in your heart. Imagine what it must feel like to be trapped in a consciousness of fear, terror, and violence!