I was recently raked over the coals here because I drove my car to the last Sunday war rally and the fact that I did not very strickly obey all the traffic laws. I have been wondering exactly what the requirements to protest war in Portland.
Here's the one's I know of so far.
1 - Do not drive to a protest. You must use a bike or a bus. Im not sure if it is ok or not to use a car for other things like going to work or the store or visiting friends.
2 - Do not violate any traffic laws no matter what. Even if it does not have any danger to anyone. Im not sure if this applies to bikes. I see lots of bikes who run lights and stop signs all the time. Also many that don't use any kind of turn signalling or lights at night. Can these bad bikers be protesters?
Other things that might be no no for a protester are using animal products. Can people who eat meat protest the war? Can people who have leather shoes go in the march? Can people who shop in non-vegan corporate stores like Wild Oats protest the war? Can people who work for corporations protest the war? Can people who pay taxes that pay for the war protest? Can people who use signs made of paper not recyled and have chemial ink use them in the protest? Can people who live in houses with power from dams be protesters? Can people who have houses with old growth wood be protesters?
This stuff has me confused because if there are so many things you have to do to be perfect enough to protest then there are going to be a lot of people who are not good enough and just stay home and say Fuck It!
I hope you see what I mean by this letter that you people who have a lot of agendas might have a lot of good things you are doing but most people can't do all that stuff and only do what they can do. You should be welcome any kind of support you can get even if it is not as perfect as you are. Otherwise you are pretty stupidly killing your own support.