Friday, March 14, 2008

5YTM March: Saturday, 3/15

Photo (left) of demonstrators in Paris, 1-13-07, from AAW (Americans Against the War), France. The sign is a pun: bouche ["boosh"] is French for "mouth":
"Shut Guantanamo! Shut your mouth/Bush!"

March 19, 2008, is the fifth anniversary of the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq. "Five Years Too Many" demonstrations are planned around the country--and around the world.

This Saturday, the 15th, in Minneapolis: gather in the Uptown at Hennepin Ave. and Lagoon (by the public library) at 1 p.m. March to Loring Park at 1:30.

[If you happen to be in London, gather at Trafalgar Square at noon on Saturday.
Paris? Join a candlelight march:
le mercredi 19 mars 2008 de 18h à 20h à La Fontaine St. Michel Metro/RER : St. Michel.]

It probably won't make a bit of difference, but you never know.
As my father always says, "If you don't ask, the answer is no."

When the war first started, Jenise and I went around our neighborhood getting signatures on a petition asking the City Council to pass a resolution saying our city didn't support the war.
One cool, bitter young man came to the door and kind of sneered at our naivete.
"What's the point?" he asked.
I told him the point was that if the world blew up anyway, he would have the final satisfaction of knowing that he, at least, had spoken against it.
He signed.

Along those lines, I was inspired by Mark Simpson's lastest post, "Larry Craig Found Not Guilty!", commenting on the 3/8 Pioneer Press news story that "a jury Friday acquitted a Minneapolis man arrested in the same airport bathroom sex-sting operation that snared U.S. Sen. Larry Craig." The man was one of only two out of forty-one men who contested the sting.
Simpson points out that entrapments like Craig's count on the victims "not daring to contest and go to trial."

As John Adams says, Let us dare...

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