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"Stop the war, make some noise": 11/16 peace/anti-SOA action in Eugene

summary of eugene peace/anti-SOA action, 16 november 2001

About 60 people marched from the University of Oregon to the Federal Building in downtown Eugene today to demand an end to the U.S.'s military response to the Sept. 11 attacks on NYC and DC, and to call for the closing of the School of Americas (SOA). This weekend, hundreds of people will descend on the School of Americas in Georgia for the annual protest against the terrorist-training that takes place there. Solidarity actions were planned in dozens of cities across the U.S. today, so Eugene was not standing alone in its vocal and visible opposition.

Citizens who support justice rather than war hold protests at the Federal Building in Eugene every Friday. Support for the cause from passing drivers was strong, as the protesters chanted, "Stop the war, make some noise!" among many other slogans. Many people honked their horns, shouted and waved. Only a handful of individuals made derisive remarks or squealed their tires.

Police presence was heavy, in all likelihood due to last week's civil disobedience that resulted in the arrests of seven passionate individuals who took over an intersection. Police followed the march on bicycles and shadowed it in cruisers. In a parking lot around the corner from the Federal Building, officers suited up and awaited orders, testing the weight of billy clubs in their hands. At least three different cops videotaped the march and the rally. Activists ignored them and concentrated on expressing their messages instead.

More people were in attendance this week than last, perhaps as a result of SOA education that took place at the University the day before. Leafleting, tabling, and a die-in sponsored by the (unofficial) campus chapter of SOA Watch helped bring attention to worldwide effects of the SOA. During the die-in, people laid down by crosses that bore the names of people killed by SOA graduates. Educational materials highlighted specific atrocities, naming names, places and dates. That so many people still know nothing about the SOA, and the U.S. government's complicity in the international terrorism network -- including those accused of attacking NYC and DC on September 11 -- shows the alarming efficacy of the propaganda machine in this country. How many people, for example, know about Oscar Romero, an Archbishop in El Salvador, who was killed by an SOA graduate in 1980 (during Jimmy Carter's administration)? Romero paid the ultimate price because he supported the criminal and murderous government that had been installed by the U.S. at the behest of private corporate interests. A Thursday evening showing of the movie "Romero", depicting his life, struggle, and death, was one attempt to bring such stories to light. Friday's public action was another.

A few people spoke at the Federal Building rally, mostly on the topic of the SOA, during an open mike. A Latina woman and a girl who appeared to be her daughter were there, specifically to call attention to the deaths of Archbishop Romero and other Catholic activists in Central America. They were not the only people there who were not "your typical activists", which shows the breadth of a movement that is still trying to find the courage to come out of hiding and express itself. The woman held a large, framed photograph of Romero. The girl had a painting showing Romero and other murdered priests. Both presented their subjects as martyrs worthy not just of respect but veneration. This faith-infused view brought a sense of the mystical/mythical potential of humanity not often expressed in leftist circles.

Wanting to take to the streets, but lacking the large numbers required for a decent traffic-shutdown, a group of activists at the Federal Building action skipped from corner to corner -- always on the Walk signal !! -- to show their presence without risking arrest. One policeman, observing this creative choice and smiling, commented, "what a great idea!" Another policeman laughed and goodnaturedly turned down an activist who asked if he would hold his sign. For the most part, the cops kept their distance, though one officer with a video camera frowned down upon the crowd from one of the windows in the Federal Building during the entire action. Such tactics can make a scene more adversarial than it needs to be. I mean, what do they need those tapes for anyway? Do they actually sit and watch them all later and take notes and make files? Do they really have time for that? Government budgets these days are so stretched, it's hard for me to imagine them actually doing anything with all this footage. But I suppose it could all turn out to be very "useful" in court at some point, especially if the current erosion of civil rights continues unabated.

The bulk of the crowd -- which rose to 75 at the Federal Building -- was in force through rush hour. One activist who attends weekly noted that not only has the number of people attending the Friday action risen over the last few weeks, but the amount of support shown by the community -- drivers, passers-by, etc. -- has also been growing steadily. Perhaps more people are seeing that protest and peace are truly patriotic.

Local activists are encouraging you to come to the Lane County Courthouse next Wednesday, at 1:00 p.m., to show support for the seven people who were arrested at last week's peace vigil. Watch the newswire for details.

"back to Portland please." 20.Nov.2001 00:08

drunken videotaping Eugene anarchist

I've never read such weak ass shit in my life. Let's give you all an example of the dudes writing who wants to bring the IMC into Eugene. please, please don't suck the big pink ass of the pigs. Be prepared for the sounds of big sucking sounds...

"Wanting to take to the streets, but lacking the large numbers required for a decent
traffic-shutdown, a group of activists at the Federal Building action skipped from corner
to corner -- always on the Walk signal !! -- to show their presence without risking arrest.
One policeman, observing this creative choice and smiling, commented, "what a great
idea!" Another policeman laughed and goodnaturedly turned down an activist who
asked if he would hold his sign. For the most part, the cops kept their distance, though
one officer with a video camera frowned down upon the crowd from one of the windows
in the Federal Building during the entire action. Such tactics can make a scene more
adversarial than it needs to be. I mean, what do they need those tapes for anyway? Do
they actually sit and watch them all later and take notes and make files?"

Jeremy you won't have to worry about the pigs watching those videos, because nothing happened that worried them, pissed them off, concerned them. Just a bunch of people who "skipped from corner to corner--always on the walk signal." or "policemen laughing and goodnaturedly....or " protesters chanted, "Stop the war, make some noise!" among many other slogans.Many people honked their horns, shouted and waved" or as you put it "such tactics can make a scene more adversarial than it needs to be." Oh my mustn't do that.

I don't want to spend more time on such trash, but i do have one thing to say to you. We don't need or want your help in setting up the Eugene IMC. The talent is already here and i must say a little more radical than
" Perhaps more people are seeing that protest and peace are truly patriotic."

get lost






"Stop the war, make some noise": 11/16 peace/anti-SOA action in Eugene
by Jeremy David Stolen 10:05pm Fri Nov 16 '01
 fellowtraveler@riseup.net

summary of eugene peace/anti-SOA action, 16 november 2001



About 60 people marched from the University of Oregon to the Federal Building in
downtown Eugene today to demand an end to the U.S.'s military response to the Sept.
11 attacks on NYC and DC, and to call for the closing of the School of Americas (SOA).
This weekend, hundreds of people will descend on the School of Americas in Georgia
for the annual protest against the terrorist-training that takes place there. Solidarity
actions were planned in dozens of cities across the U.S. today, so Eugene was not
standing alone in its vocal and visible opposition.

Citizens who support justice rather than war hold protests at the Federal Building in
Eugene every Friday. Support for the cause from passing drivers was strong, as the
protesters chanted, "Stop the war, make some noise!" among many other slogans.
Many people honked their horns, shouted and waved. Only a handful of individuals
made derisive remarks or squealed their tires.

Police presence was heavy, in all likelihood due to last week's civil disobedience that
resulted in the arrests of seven passionate individuals who took over an intersection.
Police followed the march on bicycles and shadowed it in cruisers. In a parking lot
around the corner from the Federal Building, officers suited up and awaited orders,
testing the weight of billy clubs in their hands. At least three different cops videotaped
the march and the rally. Activists ignored them and concentrated on expressing their
messages instead.

More people were in attendance this week than last, perhaps as a result of SOA
education that took place at the University the day before. Leafleting, tabling, and a
die-in sponsored by the (unofficial) campus chapter of SOA Watch helped bring
attention to worldwide effects of the SOA. During the die-in, people laid down by
crosses that bore the names of people killed by SOA graduates. Educational materials
highlighted specific atrocities, naming names, places and dates. That so many people
still know nothing about the SOA, and the U.S. government's complicity in the
international terrorism network -- including those accused of attacking NYC and DC on
September 11 -- shows the alarming efficacy of the propaganda machine in this
country. How many people, for example, know about Oscar Romero, an Archbishop in
El Salvador, who was killed by an SOA graduate in 1980 (during Jimmy Carter's
administration)? Romero paid the ultimate price because he supported the criminal
and murderous government that had been installed by the U.S. at the behest of private
corporate interests. A Thursday evening showing of the movie "Romero", depicting his
life, struggle, and death, was one attempt to bring such stories to light. Friday's public
action was another.



A few people spoke at the Federal Building rally, mostly on the topic of the SOA, during
an open mike. A Latina woman and a girl who appeared to be her daughter were there,
specifically to call attention to the deaths of Archbishop Romero and other Catholic
activists in Central America. They were not the only people there who were not "your
typical activists", which shows the breadth of a movement that is still trying to find the
courage to come out of hiding and express itself. The woman held a large, framed
photograph of Romero. The girl had a painting showing Romero and other murdered
priests. Both presented their subjects as martyrs worthy not just of respect but
veneration. This faith-infused view brought a sense of the mystical/mythical potential of
humanity not often expressed in leftist circles.

Wanting to take to the streets, but lacking the large numbers required for a decent
traffic-shutdown, a group of activists at the Federal Building action skipped from corner
to corner -- always on the Walk signal !! -- to show their presence without risking arrest.
One policeman, observing this creative choice and smiling, commented, "what a great
idea!" Another policeman laughed and goodnaturedly turned down an activist who
8 asked if he would hold his sign. For the most part, the cops kept their distance, though
one officer with a video camera frowned down upon the crowd from one of the windows
in the Federal Building during the entire action. Such tactics can make a scene more
adversarial than it needs to be. I mean, what do they need those tapes for anyway? Do
they actually sit and watch them all later and take notes and make files? Do they really
have time for that? Government budgets these days are so stretched, it's hard for me to
imagine them actually doing anything with all this footage. But I suppose it could all turn
out to be very "useful" in court at some point, especially if the current erosion of civil
rights continues unabated.

The bulk of the crowd -- which rose to 75 at the Federal Building -- was in force through
rush hour. One activist who attends weekly noted that not only has the number of people
attending the Friday action risen over the last few weeks, but the amount of support
shown by the community -- drivers, passers-by, etc. -- has also been growing steadily.
Perhaps more people are seeing that protest and peace are truly patriotic.

Local activists are encouraging you to come to the Lane County Courthouse next
Wednesday, at 1:00 p.m., to show support for the seven people who were arrested at
last week's peace vigil. Watch the newswire for details

Don't give them the division they want 20.Nov.2001 18:07

Rebeccah White rebeccahwhite@hotmail.com

I just want to say that I was disgusted by the response to Jeremy's article on the Friday SOA/Peace march and rally. We are doing what we can to make a statement and thankfully there is some media there to cover it. The individual responding was rude and made no effort to recognize the efforts of Eugene anti-war activists. It is exactly this type of division that makes social/economic justice movements ineffective in the eyes of the public. I encourage the person who wrote this response to participate to the extent they feel is necessary and not criticize others for doing the same. I for one am glad Jeremy is here to help with the long overdue Eugene IMC. Welcome.
Rebeccah White

effectiveness and good manners 21.Nov.2001 15:11

anon

***WARNING TO LIBERALS:the following is an example of one form of communication called "frankness, as we stand on the verge of appocolypse" if you can't take it, come back later


Dear readers, though the drunken videographer was more than a little rude, who cares? We're all so close to fucked right now (the world, that is) that if I think your meek-assed "peace march" is a fucking waste of time, then I think it's pretty important to be frank about that. I do appreciate the efforts that such folks put into what they do, but where are you coming from to not recognize the absurdity of events like last fridays? If, for example, there were a couple of hundred people there and doing even INTERESTING street theatre, well shit, that would be something. Or perhaps the 75 of us that were there could have been helped and encouraged to distribute info door to door throughout town, or go and speak to schools and other groups. Your imagination needs help because "making a statement" like those peace marches have been doing does just about a big fat nothing, except perhaps make you feel good, though that is something to be taken seriously itself.

the message being communicated is another question alltogether. We all know what the liberal annalysis is, but when was the last time you came to Subversive Pillow Theatre, the Shamrock, watched Cascadia Alive or listened to Anarchy Radio. How bout checking out foodnotlawns.com or the Cascadia Free School, or any damned thing else so we could have some meaningful dialogue. We're busy, there's shit going on, and if you're not even willing to check it out then we have no obligation to be nice when saying that your marches suck. wish it wasn't that way, but it's on YOU to change it.

Oh, and fuck pigs, smiling or otherwise. But super fuck patriotism, get some guts allready and call this culture the lie that it is.

------One pissed off anarchist

reply to the drunken and/or angry anarchists 22.Nov.2001 15:39

Jeremy David Stolen fellowtraveler@riseup.net

if you are offering hate and angry words as an alternative to peace marches, then i suggest you rethink your tactics. Such vitriol is unlikely to help produce a rEvolution of love, which is what we'll need to do if we want to change the world for the better. anger and hate are what produce war, and the civilizations, classes, and governments that need war to survive. we don't all need to do the same thing in order to bring about change, and we will likely succeed/survive only with a diversity of tactics. skipping across the street is one way, direct action of a more confrontational form is another. but anger and hate will only get us into more trouble. my email is posted here; if you would like to pursue dialogue in that way, you have my invitation. we need to work together past this negativity if we are going to succeed in the face of tremendous repression and power. making more repression among ourselves will only destroy all of us. let's not do that. let's find a way of cooperating.

thank you !!

hello again jeremy 23.Nov.2001 00:01

drunken

You know Jeremy my being pissed off wasn't so much directed at the people in the streets skipping along on the walk signals. Oh sure thats frustrating for me, just like it was frustrating when they skipped along in front of the nike store in seattle almost 2 years ago trying to stop pissed off people from busting out their windows. I don't see pissed off anarchists trying to stop people from skipping, we might rant and rave about it but the skipping won't be stopped by anarchists, it'll be stopped by the pigs somewhere down the line, probably the same pig that you wrote about who was so jolly and full of smiles.

But primarily I'm pissed off at you. Who are you? Why have you come to Eugene to "help" with setting up an IMC in this town when you're not needed? Why do you go to Eugene police commission meetings and tell the cops that the local IMC can work with them? when you don't know shit about the pigs in this town or how folks here might react to such a statement. Why after going to a IMC meeting with 35 people agreeing upon a radical approach that best represents Eugene, the following week you try to retake what you think is control away from the radicals. Like I said anarchists don't stop people from skipping if they want to, but over the past few decades liberals have always tried to stop, kill, control anarchists from skipping to their own visions or especially sprerading that vision beyond the circles of their own.

What the hell did you mean by: "Perhaps more people are seeing that protest and peace are truly patriotic."
I'm sure George Bush and John Ashcroft are pretty Jolly and full of smiles with this kind mind set.

To me you're trying to control that vision here in Eugene and thats why I'm pissed.







Perhaps more people are seeing that protest and peace are truly patriotic.

inappropriate responses to article 27.Nov.2001 22:42

Marc

i know very little about about the anarchist scene in eugene and the squabbling btwn imc, but i think these attacks are undeserved, especially on a website i check for news.

this angry energy could be so much more wisely used. for instance, i have been one of the 4 or so people organizing these friday rallies. the reason there isnt more info or street theatre or whatever is because people never show up to the meetings. its very hard to organize effectively with 4 people.

maybe you could all get off the internet and come to the meetings wednesdays at 6:15 at the growers market, 454 willamette. i'm sure people would like to hear your opinions about organizing then...

and i really don;t think this is the best time to argue about this stuff when 90% of the people are against us...
-marc

reply to drunken 03.Dec.2001 11:04

Jeremy David Stolen fellowtraveler@riseup.net

Re. your question, "Why do you go to Eugene police commission meetings and tell the cops that the local IMC can work with them?" I will not bother to address this, or any of the other malicious lies I have heard in this town. Such ignorance and anger deserves no response other than to reiterate that my rEvolution is about love, and it is from love that I act in all things as much as possible. I want no part of your fear and paranoia -- they are both destructive. Love need not be accepted in order to accept.