Corvallis Activists March Against War and Corporate Globalization
November 16, 2001
CORVALLIS, Oregon - Student and community activists staged a mass die-in and march today against the current US military campaign and corporate globalization. The protest coincided with the opening day of meetings among key segments of the Group of 20 (G20), the International Monetary Fund, and the World Bank in Ottawa, Ontario. Organizers also linked their efforts to this weekend's annual demonstration and mass civil disobedience at Fort Benning, Georgia against the School of the Americas, an institution notorious for training dictators and death squads throughout Latin America.
The march brought together a multigenerational group of more than eighty people in a constant downpour of rain. Starting in the central square on the Oregon State University campus and marching to the downtown Benton County Courthouse, protestors demanded peaceful alternatives to the war in Afghanistan and called for an end to "corporate domination." Before leaving, activists drew chalk outlines simulating dead bodies, complete with words like "dead children" and "no war," even "smash capitalism."
Alicia Crain, a student activist and one of the march organizers, characterized the turnout as "extraordinarily successful." For Corvallis, a community of some 50,000 with a campus widely regarded as deeply conservative, it was indeed an unprecedented showing.
The march also demonstrated that dissent is brewing not only in the metropolitan areas of the United States. Crain hinted that it was a sign of "more to come." Community activist Helm, another march organizer, noted wryly, "I look forward to even more focused actions." Perhaps, then, Corvallis has seen only the beginning.
- reported by Chris Dixon for Portland Indymedia