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DON'T KNOCK THE BE-IN ! (english)
31 Jul 2003
My response to the Weekly Dig's poor assessment of last week's successful occupation of Harvard Square.
In response to:

Dear Dig,

I take issue with Ria Ferich's derision of last week's be-in at Harvard Square as a non-event that had no impact. Contrary to her analysis that "nothing really happened", I can attest as one of the people who "was-in" from noon to midnight that the simple fact that SOMETHING took place is quite significant, and accomplished a great deal more than Ria may realize.

The public response to my own banner, which measured 6'x8' and read "Bush Lies, Freedom Fries" next to an illustration of the statue of liberty in an electric chair was extremely encouraging. Combined, the thumbs up, smiles, words of support and most important of all, photographs (which in the cameras of tourists will travel on to who knows where) easily numbered in the hundreds (remember I was there displaying it for 12 hours, through a series of well-attended band performances.) The pun, which was not immediately grasped by a number of small children and Republicans, led to questions, explanations, and discussion.

Together with the other attendees, whose displays audio and visual were no less creative and incisive, I feel that we accomplished a great deal that day. Like the now proverbial flap of the butterfly's wing, it may seem insignificant to some, but as the study of chaos and complexity shows, this is exactly the stuff that hurricanes are made of. I encourage all creative, independent thinkers in the area who are tired of waiting for the movement to be organized around them to join us every Saturday in Harvard Square to express their dissent in the company of fellow concerned citizens. Together we espouse no ideology other than the belief in the truism that people's movements begin with, well, people. That, and the faith that the energy contained in the spontaneous action of even a small group of individuals has the potential to far outpace that of a stagnant podium.

Gustavo A. Espada
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