I think it's time the anti-war movement here in Portland reinvented itself. I have been feeling this for a little while, but seeing tanks rolling down Broadway this morning, and no visible anti-war presence makes it more of a priority in my opinion.
In general, I do not believe in trashing other well-intentioned folks or organizations, so I will try to avoid that. But it's time for some new organizations or new leadership or something. And I don't know where else to start this discussion. I have heard lots of folks saying things along these lines for several months now. Again, I don't want to air too much dirty laundry in such a public forum, but there are many reasons to work on developing some new groups/methods/ideas for challenging the US gov't and its policies.
Here's what I think we need, and if it seems feasible, I would be willing to help develop it. But I cannot work on these issues with the same groups, leadership ideas, tactics, etc. that have dominated the anti-war "movement" here recently.
We need an anti-war movement or organization that:
--effectively challenges US imperialism
--reaches out to folks most affected by US foreign and domestic policies (and is not mostly or entirely led by white men)
--recognizes and utilizes different kinds strategies and tactics
--has good internal democracy, and is not dominated by authoritarian or alienating "leadership"
I'm sure there is much more that is needed, but I just wanted to open the question. But I want to do it in a way that focuses on what we need, not in a way that overexagerrates our mistakes.