Around 250-300 folks gathered at the North Park Blocks for a little bit of pre-peace rally fun. Lots of young folks in their Sunday black, but also folks from other leftist groups and some unions. The march was led by a "Smash Imperialsim" banner and took to the streets at about 12:45. No official permits were sought or obtained for this march. Folks argued that they already had this right and did not need to ask permission or pay any fees for "free" speech. The march went straight up Broadway, and as it approached a Pioneer Square overflowing with anti-war protestors, many clapped and joined in with the chant "it's bullshit, get off it, the cause of war is profit".
Today's small but powerful action was successful on many fronts: it showed folks who feel a little alienated that by the more mainstream peace movement that there is a place for them, it expressed solidarity with that same mainstream peace movement, and it provided a little bit of an alternative to a fully state-sanctioned event.
Let's hope that BOTH groups continue to grow and work together to fight the real enemies: Bush, Imperialism, Racist Wars, etc. instead of fighting each other.