Parent Article: Anti-War Protests in Boston and DC: 9/24 Remembered
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Re: Anti-War Protests in Boston and DC: 9/24 Remembered
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12 Oct 2005
we were there -
memories: I loved the Inter-Faith Gathering on Sunday night to strengthen the resolve of protesters who signed up for and were educated as to proceedures and peaceful non-violence for the Monday am arrests at the Whitehouse gates.
Togetherness and Support: Prests, an Imam,Two Rabbies, many sorts of Christians, the Irish Catholic sistah who won the Nobel Prize way back in the day, an elder brother from New Orliens, a representitive of the HipHop Contingent gave an elegant prayer, the founder of TIKKUN Magazine spoke on economic warfare and the need for a spiritual left responce to the pain and spiritual hole in Americans living in the capital value system... it was so specail, then up stand our elegant Buddist brothers (one of whom was born on the death-day of Harriet Tubman) and oneJapanise Buddist Monk proceeded to knock Cornell West and all of us off our chairs with his spirit-channelled deep voiced and loudly sung
"Go Down Moses" - you had to be there! that was incredable!
drumming and chanting with israliand arab brothers and sisters we slept over their place singing late into the night Shalom Salaaam Shalom Salaam... much beatboxing and freestyling too...
Marching the next am we arrived from our DC Transit station just in time to join the front of the right hand flank of the marchers (Who parted in the center to surround the WhiteHouse with our march and chants) then re-joined at the front, we marched to the Pharoh's gates (thinking of Go Down Moses...Let My People Go! Troops Home Now)
We were met at the White House by all manner of performance artists, flower-carrying tall young men, anarchist youth, teenagers looking for the party, babys and mothers, Breasts For Peace, priests and clergy of every sort of denomination and affiliation, old Vietnam Vets who broke down and shouted out their stories of rehab and madness and post-traumatic stress (not shown on the TV news)
The brave mobilized once more with prayer and the Imam chanted and the Rabbis sent forth witrh blessing and the Christians called upon Christ for help, and they went to the guardhouse led by Cindy Sheehan.
They were of courese tuned away, a giant CodePink contingent ran up and delivered a giant stack of "Reasons to Get Out of Iraq" and folk turned left to the front of the gate before the whitehouse facade.
They began hanging the nameplates from around their necks upon the gate - soon the whitehouse black iron picket fence was full of names of Iraqi and US dead, allong with banners, and people clinging to the iron bars, people sitting down in front of the gate and the horses of the mounted police snorted and stood in line. (They seemed ready to charge at one point but turned back after much vigorious chanting of "Get those Animals Off those Horses!" tactical change with the Press right there to witness things - much chanting of "The Whole World Is Watching" )
Prayer broke out with Cornell West and the Rabbis kneeling together. 3 Iraq Vets Against The War stood in a handsome tableu in front of the gates and behind Cindy Sheehan.
I joined a Black clergyman standing behind the Press corp in singing with much feeling "Oh Freedom" and "We Shall Overcome" w many many joining us on "we shall Live in Peace/This Day..."
Then the anarchist youth activists jumping around in a happy circle singing "Arrest Bush! Arrest Bush!" noticed the snipers on the roof behind us to our right (we had alll already seen the snipers and secret service on the white house roof & walking near us in their "I'm just a Tourist" dark sunglasses shorts , radios cellphones earpieces & fat bellys)
We were a bunch of kids, grandmothers & grandfathers, cindy sheehan, some chicks in pink and a whole bunch of reverends and other holy people : you sure need to point so many guns at THOSE people, dontcha. "what is this, today is Kent State day?", I thought
But thankfully, it was not.
These people "in power" are seriously crazy.
Peace & Keep On