A few dozen of us protested at the Federal Building in Eugene this afternoon in the warm October sun. The Women in Black stood silently while some of the rest of us chatted amongst ourselves. I mostly spoke with David who has been at the Federal Building protesting the pending War on Iraq for the last three afternoons.
David said that his new name for the U.S. government is the "Political Mafia", with Cheney telling us: It's business. I told him that my son was not going to be a part of their business, that if the draft is reinstated like Bush wants it to be, I'll be throwing myself over my son's body. He is NOT going to fight in their War!
David said that he has two young sons, one ripe for the draft at 21 and the other 14. He said they he and his family have been contemplating where to go if the need arises, the government is not getting his sons either. We both agreed that it is wise to have passports in order. And then a comrade came to where we stood talking and said that she is thinking of renouncing her U.S. citizenship and wondering where to go.
Today a friend shared a correspondence that she received from someone currently living abroad:
"It's amazing travelling around the world so much... I really get to see just how much negativity people of all countries seem to have toward the USA. There is this impression in their minds that the American Govt (which unfortunately ends up meaning the Whole Country in their mind) is like a demanding, bickering little child, taking all it can get, controlling all it can, and screwing whoever it likes for whatever reasons it wants."
Sounds about right.
One of the protestors, an elderly gentleman, held a sign that read: "Honk For Peace". And were people honking! If the horns are any indication of how many people are against attacking Iraq, it'd be hands down, or rather, hands off. There were only a few spoil sports who told us to "get a life". Yawn...
Things are quickly coming to a head. With Congress backing Bush, I fear the worst. I feel strongly that we must unify and take swift and serious action. I still advocate taking the streets! Those who feel strongly about this issue of War against Iraq will either applaud us or join us. If folks get "pissed off" about it then they're obviously not paying attention. Because as Native American activist and poet John Trudell reminds us: If you're not outraged, you're not paying attention".
The Protest continues at the Federal Building tomorrow at noon. At 7 pm there will be a march from the EMU Amphitheatre (UofO) to the Federal Building.