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Goodman Clueless on Peace Movement (english)
19 Dec 2002
Ellen Goodman, moderate liberal columnist for the Globe, is of the opinion that today's peace movement is merely a blast from the past, if it exists at all. Where's this woman been??
If you've read Boston Globe columnist Ellen Goodman's latest on Iraq and efforts here in the U.S. to block the Bush regime's war machine ( see: ), you could hardly be faulted for wondering if she'd fallen asleep on her keyboard a few months back and just now woke-up with a deadline in her face. The moderate liberal seems to be of the opinion that the growing peace movement in the U.S. is a mere pale reflection of the Vietnam anti-war movement, if it exists at all. Where's this woman been? Certainly not scaning the pages of Indymedia's various websites where stories appear almost daily of some new anti-war action or effort somewhere in the country. Many of those actions are creative, inclusive and connect the dots; something your 1960's peace actions often lacked. As an example, African-American groups are becoming increasingly engaged in anti-war activity. The recent nation-wide December 10 actions Goodman references in her sorry-ass column saw several such groups taking to the streets.
Goodman makes lite of chants and songs against war posted on some websites, rekindling the dying fire of that old corporate media slam about protests being "vaguely reminiscent of the '60s". Such Fourth Estate manipulation serves the interests of the corporate elite and their friends in government, but is a true disservice to the readers and the public-at-large. It's called perception management in some quarters. Reporters, columnists and editors who play that bogus card in the face of what's actually happening in the streets or in church basements should turn in their press passes. The duty of a journalist, after all, is to gather the facts, to look beyond the surface.
The fact is, many of today's anti-war actions utilize the same creative street theater, puppetry, and creative activity that the global justice movement has become famous for; good reason too: many of the same young people are involved. It's not today's peace movement that's "out of time and out of place"; it's formerly active Boomers who've forgotten their activist roots and compromised their principles, THEY are out of place. But fear not Ellen and your "old activist friend", there's plenty of room in the line for the next peace march or rally. All you have to do is ACTUALLY LOOK FOR IT and shed your useless inhibitions and sad excuses for not doing something.
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