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Regarding the March 29th Peace rally ... (english)
01 Apr 2003
Modified: 02 Apr 2003
Read this please.
I did not write this...however I agree 100% to it.

03/30 - I noticed a great difference in the protest tactics shown on Saturday. United for Peace wasn't very active. They led us along a pre-planned route and had a sit-down in a closed street. I ask everyone who organized/supported this, what difference does that make? President Bush isn't going to look at Boston and say, "oh no, they sat down in a closed street with the police's permission, i better stop the war." He's going to think, "hey, who cares what they say, as long as they don't disrupt the country." We have to sit down in open streets, stop traffic, shut down the city. THAT is when politicians will listen. When we cooperate with their system, they will not listen. When we disrupt the system, throw our bodies upon the machinery, they will HAVE TO listen, or else, we have to let them know, their system will stop working. Lying down in a closed street and obeying the police when they tell you to get up because the street is opening is not going to make any difference. Direct action is the only way. When civil disobedience is backed up by such large numbers, the police cannot do anything about it. We had such a great turnout on Saturday, but the numbers were never put to good use. Even Gandhi would have practiced more direct action than the people out there. Come on people, wake up, your voice won't get heard unless you give the leaders a reason to listen. "
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I agree too (english)
01 Apr 2003
The powers that be have their agenda already. They only look at the relative costs of various actions, not their morality.

When a policy costs to much economically or in terms of social stability, only then will the powers that be change course.

That said, disruptive tactics can and should have tact. They should not turn average people against the cause. They should be well thought out and well executed, and cost the system the most while costing average people the least, but still getting the message out to them. The message should also be well thought out and polite enought to at least be considered by most people. It should be intelligent, creative, perhaps beautiful. They should be inspiring -- they should cause the people who see it to fall in love with the ideas it conveys.
None (english)
01 Apr 2003
The only possibility of stopping this current military action is to engage in strategies and tactics which severely disrupt the war machine, the U.S. economy, and the overall functioning of U.S. society particularly how it relates to consumerism and the economy. Marches, picketing, rallies, parties, benefits, civil disobedience and even property destruction are pointless, and perhaps even counterproductive, unless they serve to severely disrupt the functioning of the political system and its economy. An atmosphere of severe unrest, if manufactured properly, will force the U.S. government to place military resources in the streets of the United States, will threaten the economy (the chief motive behind this military excursion) of the United States, and ultimately create a political atmosphere unfavorable for Bush to continue on with the war.
Finally! This needed to be said (english)
01 Apr 2003
I've been in pretty much every protest in the Boston area( since this thing has started. This seems to be the most disheartening thing about them. There are vain attempts at civil disobedience and meaningful disruption, sitting down for 2 minutes, etc. This does nothing. Apparently people are scared of arrest or think protest is, as a friend stated 'something to do on a Saturday'.

ANSWER and UJP don't help, they officially don't condone it. One of the most frustrating things I've seen is something I observed from afar this Saturday. The UJP volunteers linked arms and cleared off the street. One kid refused to go. He was promptly arrested. His arrest could have been much more meaningful if people didn't run off in fear.

Please, Boston, lets do something important on the 7th, the National Day of Direct Action. Its time...
thank youuuuuu (english)
01 Apr 2003
ahhh thank you so much all of you, you've given me some more confidence in this boston-area anti-war movement...finally some others willing to take part in civil disobedience/direct action/whatever else would disrupt the status all of those people who think change can come about from nice pacified sit-downs in closed streets: open up your eyes, i know it'd be nice if this was true, but sorry, its not. wake up and realize those in power won't listen unless they have a reason to listen...the only way we can give them a reason is to disrupt what makes them wealthy and powerful; the everyday procession of people producing and consuming without a thought, going to work, paying taxes, etc....disrupt this, and theres their reason to listen...and there's our victory.
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direct action gets satisfaction (english)
02 Apr 2003
im not going to repeat, but this kind of discussion is whats going to stop the war. let's keep it up.
Ok now what (english)
02 Apr 2003
There needs to be some organizing for this sort of thing and, from what I can tell, there isn't anything going on. Are there *any* organizations here in Boston who would at least have a way to promote this and open up discussion...?
organization (english)
02 Apr 2003
I agree about the lack of organization for any meaningful CD. On that note, if anyone here knows any groups around BU/MIT/etc. that are participating in the April 7 action please contact me, I'd like to get involved but it's sort of difficult to do alone. nelazul (at)