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Photos from PPRC Rally

Photos from PPRC Rally by Bison. 8/9/02 (article 1)
Photos from PPRC Rally
Photos from PPRC Rally
Photos from PPRC Rally
Photos from PPRC Rally
Photos from PPRC Rally
Photos from PPRC Rally
Photos from PPRC Rally
Photos from PPRC Rally
Photos from PPRC Rally
Photos from PPRC Rally
Photos from PPRC Rally
Photos from PPRC Rally
Photos from PPRC Rally
Photos from PPRC Rally
some comments about the rally 09.Aug.2002 23:27

notetaker

Tonight's rally depressed me a little. It's disappointing to see the number of people at these regular Friday events stay about the same. There was an uptick last week, but it was back down again today. I admire so much -- and love, really -- the people who are so dedicated that they come out regularly. They are awesome, beautiful people. And all the new signs that have popped up lately are great. But...

But the event itself leaves a little to be desired. I'm not trying to be a naysayer here, or pick any fights; I'm just offering some obervations that you may take or leave as you will. Crossing streets continued to be an issue this week. There were just enough people that everyone could't quite make it through on the WALK signal. This gets awkward, as you know, when a chunk of a group is then stranded behind. This could be solved by slowing down the main march somewhat from the front, or just being more aware of its size. I was told that the idea of just blocking traffic to get everyone across was still an issue, and not everyone agrees on how to handle it. You know what? I'm sick and tired of people worrying about "inconveniencing" cars. The people in Iraq are pretty damn inconvenienced by the sanctions and bombing that the U.S. uses to control the oil over there to fuel the cars over here, and we're not going to have a meaningful change in the status quo if "inconvenience" to drivers is where our fear starts. Let's put the blame for being inconvenienced where it belongs -- on the drivers. People who live here should just know by now that if they're driving through downtown there's a chance they'll be held up by a protest. That's part of the damn culture here, or oughta be.

Another comment: I guess the City Council has voted to put an f'n skating rink in Pioneer Courthouse Square, which will totally screw it up as a public gathering place. One of the speakers brought this up. After talking about how lucky we are to have this space, he asked people to look into the issue and contact elected officials about it "if they decide they feel that way". It was a very soft pitch he delivered on a topic that's pretty darn important. What? They're going to fuck up the square? I mean, this is a big deal. Fortunately, a woman in the crowd said, "Who needs democracy when we can skate?" People laughed, but I don't know if the importance of the issue sank in. I'm not sure if the importance of any of these issues are sinking in, with anyone, to tell you the truth. Here we are, teetering on the edge of oblivion, and folks are shying away from interfering with traffic on public streets that we own and that are ours to use.

Case in point: On the last street crossing I stood in front of a turning car so everyone could get across in one bunch. The driver suddenly maneuvered around me and tried to get through. In front of him was a woman with a baby carriage. I jumped in front of the car. "What the fuck are you doing? That's a baby carriage! Do you have any idea how dangerous this thing is? You could kill someone with this." I pointed to his car. "Yeah", he said, "like you since you're standing in front of it."

Look folks, that's who we're dealing with here. That's the prevalent attitude. "I could kill you so get out of my way." That's what war is about. That's what we're protesting. That's what we need to stop, everywhere it appears whenever we see it. It's all around us, in our daily lives, in our families, and on the streets. Being polite and civil is not going to work. We need to be active in our resistance, loud about our dissent, boisterous with our actions. That's what's working in South America right now. I'm not talking about violence or property destruction either. (Insert obligatory "I am non-violent" statement here.) I'm talking about passion and bravery. We all have these things, and if we don't learn how to use them soon, we are all totally fucked. We're probably fucked anyway, but we might as well go out kicking and screaming, don't you think?


in agreement 10.Aug.2002 12:43

autonomy

Agreeing with the commentator above, I think her/his comments were correct about structuring the marches, street issues, etc. I want to add that the marches seem vry fragmented. To people in the know we may see the connection between all the various events being protested, but to the masses at large who may or may not have exposure to alternative media, it may just seem like a jumble of of unrelated issues that they don't understand.

Taking this further, the flyers being handed out gave a good demonstration of our goals and values, but they didn't really inform anyone of why we think the way we do. This is a big problem in the community. I feel that all too often we fail to educate people to our causes and many protestors are either incapable of explaining themselves, uneducated on the issues, or are unwilling to teach people on the streets. It is hard to win people over, given that most people you meet think protests are stupid and pointless, if they have no idea why we are out there. Spitting out liberal dogma written in the typical leftist jargon only underlines the gap between the populace and ourselves. So I guess what I am saying is outreach!!!

wish i could be there 10.Aug.2002 23:09

enji

nice pics, bison.

regarding the comments, you both say some useful things, why not bring these observations to the (tuesday) meetings? infuse some new blood and energy into the movement. pprc folks are amenable and nice, and responsive. they also like to go out for a beer. help make these gatherings more effective. help us all improve our peace-mongering skills.

i have to say i think something is being done right about these rallies, or they would have dwindled to nothing. it takes dedication to keep something like this going week after week. one of the things that pprc has been doing right is that they have been responsive. when we're faced with same old militarism and warmongering week after week after week, naturally numbers drop off, I think, due to apathy.

fresh ideas are a good thing. even better is a commitment to back them up with your continued presence and dedication. it is your choice to be discouraged, or to be dedicated to bringing your talents/skills/ideas to good use.