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Materials celebrating the February 15 - 16, 2003 demonstrations against the Iraq War
Over 180 Pictures from 125 Protests around
the World on February 15/16, 2003
Another group of Protest Pictures
Peace March Experiences
Mon, 17 Feb 2003 20:05:20 -0800
Didn't go to the whole March, rather went on a bus with Marilla, Lewis and the crowd from the Redwoods, who by the way, have been having peace demonstrations every Friday for the past several weeks... each of those demonstrations has rallied more people. Last week Frieda Engel (Lew's mother) said there were 150. They had all gotten together and had made signs, and someone donated a bus so as many as wanted could go. The turnout was good and there were a few teenagers as well as one munchkin about 6 years old in the group. Marilla brought her guitar and we all sang peace and freedom songs on the way over. The bus driver was great - very enthusiastic about the cause and being able to help the elders get there.
We parked near the Civic Center and walked a couple of blocks so that we were standing at the intersection where all the Marchers approached the rally site. I don't know if you can picture this, but there was Frieda and a friend of hers - Frieda had brought her walker which has a seat. Both of them had signs on - Frieda's said "Seniors for Peace".
Her friend was sitting on the walker seat and Frieda was standing behind with her sign draped over her chest, an American flag in her hand, a big patch over one eye (which she has now lost and will be having surgery on it to remove it later this month) and she was in her glory. She's been demonstrating and a serious activist for peace for her whole life. Just about everyone who approached that intersection who had a camera took their picture. She must have had dozens of pictures taken. I'm sure someday a picure of her will show up in some anthology.
Where we stood there was a great spirit, people of all ages, colors, and walks of life and it was peaceful. We really couldn't make out what was being said at the rally, eventhough we were close - the sound is so difficult, but we talked to a lot of people and read all the signs. We were very encouraged by the huge turnout around the world that had occurred on Saturday - it's really something how people are showing up.
We spent several hours and then returned to our bus, somewhat tired, but fulfilled, especially for the honor of having been with the elders who shared our commitment to the cause. We resumed singing songs like "Imagine" when the driver approached our home destination, we kicked in with a round of "For He's a Jolly Good Fellow".
It's the kind of day all our generations should have together regularly without this horrible threatening danger hovering in order to incent us, but that being said, it was wonderful coming together.
May there be peace and love between all peoples.
from Terry Jones (ex Monty Python).
I'm really excited by George Bush's latest reason for bombing Iraq: he'srunning out of patience. And so am I! For some time now I've been really pissed off with Mr Johnson, who lives a couple of doors down the street.
Well, him and Mr Patel, who runs the health food shop. They both give me queer looks, and I'm sure Mr Johnson is planning something nasty for me, but so far I haven't been able to discover what.
I've been round to his place a few times to see what he's up to, but he's got everything well hidden. That's how devious he is. As for Mr Patel, don't ask me how I know, I just know - from very good sources - that he is, in reality, a Mass Murderer. I have leafleted the street telling them that if we don't act first, he'll pick us off one by one. Some of my neighbours say, if I've got proof, why don't I go to the police? But that's simply ridiculous. The police will say that they need evidence of a crime with which to charge my neighbours. They'll come up with endless red tape and quibbling about the rights and wrongs of a pre-emptive strike and all the while Mr Johnson will be finalising his plans to do terrible things to me, while Mr Patel will be secretly murdering people.
Since I'm the only one in the street with a decent range of automatic firearms, I reckon it's up to me to keep the peace. But until recently that's been a little difficult. Now, however, George W. Bush has made it clear that all I need to do is run out of patience, and then I can wade in and do whatever I want! And let's face it, Mr Bush's carefully thought-out policy towards Iraq is the only way to bring about international peace and security. The one certain way to stop Muslim fundamentalist suicide bombers targeting the US or the UK is to bomb a few Muslim countries that have never threatened us.
That's why I want to blow up Mr Johnson's garage and kill his wife and children. Strike first! That'll teach him a lesson. Then he'll leave us in peace and stop peering at me in that totally unacceptable way.
Mr Bush makes it clear that all he needs to know before bombing Iraq is that Saddam is a really nasty man and that he has weapons of mass destruction - even if no one can find them. I'm certain I've just as much justification for killing Mr Johnson's wife and children as Mr Bush has for bombing Iraq. Mr Bush's long-term aim is to make the world a safer place by eliminating 'rogue states' and 'terrorism'. It's such a clever long-term aim because how can you ever know when you've achieved it? How will Mr Bush know when he's wiped out all terrorists? When every single terrorist is dead? But then a terrorist is only a terrorist once he's committed an act of terror. What about would-be terrorists? These are the ones you really want to eliminate, since most of the known terrorists, being suicide bombers, have already eliminated themselves.
Perhaps Mr Bush needs to wipe out everyone who could possibly be a future terrorist? Maybe he can't be sure he's achieved his objective until every Muslim fundamentalist is dead? But then some moderate Muslims might convert to fundamentalism. Maybe the only really safe thing to do would be for Mr Bush to eliminate all Muslims? It's the same in my street. Mr Johnson and Mr Patel are just the tip of the iceberg. There are dozens of other people in the street who I don't like and who - quite frankly - look at me in odd ways. No one will be really safe until I've wiped them all out. My wife says I might be going too far but I tell her I'm simply using the same logic as the President of the United States. That shuts her up.
Like Mr Bush, I've run out of
patience, and if that's a good enough reason for the President, it's good
enough for me. I'm going to give the whole street two weeks - no, 10 days
- to come out in the open and hand over all aliens and interplanetary hijackers,
galactic outlaws and interstellar terrorist masterminds, and if they don't
hand them over nicely and say 'Thank you', I'm going to bomb the entire
street to kingdom come. It's just as sane as what George W. Bush is proposing
- and, in contrast to what he's intending, my policy will destroy only
(with thanks to Dr. Seuss)
(C)2002 Doug Goodkin
Whos down in Whoville liked this country a lot,
In times of great turmoil, this was bad news,
But amidst all the apathy came signs of unrest,
As greed gained in power and power knew no shame
A mighty sound started to rise and to grow,
From that day onward the standard of wealth,
Subject: FW: protest
For those of you who weren't able to attend - - or bravely battled the weather in other places that actually have winters - bit of humor: below you'll find a smattering of slogans on signs at the huge peace rally/war protest in SF yesterday.
A bit of humor goes a long way in these desperate times. The creativity and ingenuity of people attending - not just posters, but costumes, paper maiche figures, skits etc. is as uplifting as being with such a wealth of diverse, like minded and peaceful folks.
Bush is Proof Empty Warheads Can Be Dangerous
A Wartime Budget Leaves Every Child Behind
Drunken Frat Boy Cowboy Drives Country into Ditch, Starts War for Coverup
This War Brought to You by the Letter Dubya (with a picture of Big Bird)
George, Get Sober NOW!
Bad Plan, Dude!
Bush is Old Texas
Stop Mad Cowboy Disease
Axle of Evil (with a picture of an SUV)
How Did Our Oil Get Under Their Sand?
How Many Lives Per Gallon?
Draft SUV Drivers First
I Asked for Universal Health Care and All I Got Was a Lousy Stealth Bomber
I'd Just Like an Ordinary Spring
We Want Smart People, Not Smart Bombs
Little Minds Make Big Wars
Make Hydrogen, Not War
Choke on This (under a picture of a peace-sign-shaped pretzel)
Have Another Pretzel
Fighting for Peace Is Like Fucking for Virginity
Give Brains a Chance
Remember when Presidents Were Smart and Bombs Were Dumb?
Bush Can't Even Find the Problem, Much Less Fix It
And You Thought He Was Pro-Life?
Saddam and George: Use Your Words
Peace is an Active Verb
Nice People Against Icky Stuff
If You're Not Outraged, You're Not Paying Attention
They're Selling War, We're Not Buying
What Would Gandhi Do?
I Love My Country, I'm Ashamed of My Government
Support Our Troops, Bring Them Home
The World Is My Country
Regime Change Begins at Home
Duct and Cover
You Can Only Bomb to Pieces, Not to Peace
Impeach the Global Village Idiot
War Begins with Dubya
Military Intelligence Isn't
Earth to Bush: No War
Wage peace with
©Judyth Hill (not Mary Oliver?)
no more win a war than you can win an earthquake."
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