In January and March, before the war began, Portland turned out nearly 40,000 demonstrators. Thursday saw a few thousand (BRAVO!!!) and Friday's turnout was a few hundred (YAY!). The next demonstration is rumored to be 2 PM at the Waterfront and 4 at the Square. Contrast Portland with what's happening in cities in the US and other countries. See the Yahoo News slideshow of Anti-War Protests. Everyday, I've been viewing hundreds of captioned photos of protests happening everywhere, and it's updated daily. There is no other good source that I can find, and forget about mainstream media which has marginalized and dismissed the protest movement even though protests in many other countries are growing bigger and more violent every day, and threaten to destabilize several governments. Athens (200,000), Cairo, Switzerland, Australia, Indonesia, Turkey, Glasgow, Dublin, France, Germany, Lebanon, Russia, and on and on. Look at what others are doing, especially in NYC and SF!! Learn from them, organize ourselves, get creative and let's get effective.
I don't think I want to participate in another aimless demonstration in Portland, playing cat and mouse with the cops. Venting is one thing, effective organization is another. Where are the tens of thousands who marched in previous demonstrations? They want to march again, but something's holding them back. The Peace Movement must be All-inclusive or Bush will win and war will prevail and only escalate (Iran, Korea, ....) Nuclear war and WW3 are very real possibilities, folks. Let's get real!!
Let's stop this war and bring home the troops now. Let's give the cops a reason to put down their weapons and stop their violence against us. Nobody wants to be pepper sprayed or hit by a baton. They are our brothers and sisters and they must be won over to our side. Civil disobedience can still be part of the equation, just chain yourselves en masse the next time with bike locks. Stage Die-Ins. Spread slaughterhouse pig and cow guts all over Pioneer Square and other places to symbolise the slaughter of ordinary people in Baghdad in our name. Beyond that, call our political representatives (city, county, state, and federal) and give them HELL! Their Silence equals Consent. If they have no backbone, then kick them out of office. Get unions involved. The president of the AFL-CIO just came out in support of the war. I'm union and I resent that. Unfortunately, the Peace Movement is allowing itself to be destroyed by the argument that we don't support our troops. That is Bullshit. We are the true supporters of the troops. They are our brothers and sisters, sons and daughters, fathers and mothers and we want them home alive. They are suffering the consequences of Bush's wrong decisions. WE are America's true patriots. We love our country, but we don't have to love our government, a government that has violated international law by needlessly starting a war.