|60+ folks came out for the friday anti-war rally tonight, a few more than usual.|
the drum corps fueled a spirited march through downtown.
the brightly colored NO WAR signs stood out strongly in the greying of twilight.
chanting "while you're shopping, bombs are dropping," a contingent of folks broke off from the main group and marched through the pioneer place shopping mall. the security guard was quite flustered and was on his walkie talkie right away. the protesters, however, went straight through and out the other side without pausing. considering how long it usually takes for building management to get a police response to an action like this (as if police are needed to respond to an action like this), it's a tactic that could be used all over downtown to great effect. now that the holiday shopping season is almost upon us, the "while you're shopping, bombs are dropping" chant will be extra relevant. war thrives on monopoly capitalism (the economic system we're currently living under, which is not the small-scale community capitalism that adam smith envisioned), and monopoly capitalism lives off consumerism, so the consumerist addiction must be broken. until that happens, no meaningful rEvolution can occur, so shopping malls are quite appropriate places to protest. that such speech is illegal in most speaks to the dependency of the powers-that-be on all the regular folks sticking to their materialistic habits. they can't hold us down under empire unless we keep shopping. let's stop.
speaking of anti-capitalism, these young people brought a new (and welcome, imho) message to the rally today. NO WAR BUT THE CLASS WAR. indeed. hopefully this was the start of more ideologically diverse friday rallies. they can be a big tent.
newspaper boxes are one of the most appropriate places to put anti-war messages. corporate media outlets are, after all, pro-war, not only in their overt messages but in their article/fact selection. corporate media is another scam that needs to be busted for rEvolution. fortunately, there are alternatives.
the friday rallies occur at 5:00 every week, starting at the southwestern corner of pioneer square. though officially sponsored by the portland peaceful response coalition, the tenor and shape of the event depends on who attends. as tonight's shopping mall excursion and anti-capitalist contingent showed, they can be whatever the community makes of them.
see you next friday!