There has been a lot of discussion about action against the war, and a division between three kinds of people... Those who support direct action, those who support peaceful protest, and those who support both. I am of the third kind, but that is irrelevant.
There has been so much discussion on what to do. People are desperate and taking desperate measures. Neither the peaceful protest or the direct action currently used are going to stop this war, or the next, or the next. They are however both very important. But we need to start thinking outside the box, and asking ourselves questions. A good, old fashioned journalist approach is a good start. Who, what, when, why, where, how?
What is you're real objective? What are your goals? We are caught in a sort of dillemma. Shutting the city down will hurt the poor far more than the rich. Can you imagine being a single mom working for minimum wage who can't get to work for a week? Is this what you want to do? However, drastic times do call for drastic measures. So, these measures are considered a last resort.
But what else can be done? Think outside the box. Brainstorm. Can we shut down companies that support the war? Can we impede the rich and help the poor? Can we stop up the internet? Can we petition the help of other contries?
Is this a movement, a revolution, or a civil war? To stop this war I believe that it has to be revolution. The war is caused by a whole system. It would do no good to just "Stop the war" without getting rid of those that are waging it.
One does not have to be a pacifist to be against this war. It is not hypocrycy to fight this violence with violence of our own if necessary. If a child were being attacked, would you call someone who stopped them a hypocryte? That is what is happening. a bully is attacking children. In a roundabout way, even our own children, by taking resources away from them and giving them to the war machine. I am not a pacifist. This war is just one aspect of an imperialist regime that needs to be stopped. But we need to not hurt poor people any more than necessary. They are already being hurt by this war.
And do not be so impatient! I know you are all itching to go out and fuck shit up every day, but that time and energy can be used to plan, to organize, to strategize. People are going to whine and complain. People are going to be against us no matter what we do, someone is going to have an opinion about it. As a matter of fact, many of us might be considered terrorists and go to prison for life. If that happens, make sure it is worth the risk, because if that happens after annoying people on their morning commute, it isn't worth it. Yes, go out, shut the city down, but come back, stop and rest so you can THINK about what to do that would actually work. I think that the argument that we need to fuck shit up is as shortsighted as the argument that we need to "set an example". Neither are very effective. Peaceful protest would not have worked in Nazi Germany, nor will it have much effect here, but it does sway people. People are listening. People are learning. People do change their minds.
Clear channel may be a good start. Think corporate offices, sit ins, and peaceful civil disobedience that would impede Clear Channel from doing it's job.