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LIGHT UP THE SKY

It's better to light one candle...
LIGHT UP THE SKY

The Republicans have every right to meet and choose their
candidate in our city without abuse. At the same time their
convention creates an opportunity for all of us to express our
disagreement with the culture of militarization and violence
that our current leaders represent. It is time to change the
meanspirited and abrasive tone of our civic discourse. We
need an alternative to the harsh and degrading words and
images that have filled our consciousness since the war began.

AN ALTERNATIVE RESPONSE THAT REQUIRES NO PERMIT

On August 30, from dusk to dawn, all citizens who wish to
end the Bush presidency can use light as our metaphor. We
can gather informally all over the city with candles, flashlights
and plastic wands to silently express our sorrow over all the
innocent deaths the war has caused. We can gather in groups
or march in peaceful confrontation without violence. Violence
will only convince the undecided electorate to vote for Bush.
Not a word needs to be spoken. The entire world will understand
our message. Those of us who live here in rooms with windows
on the street can keep our lights on through the night.
Imagine, it's 2 or 3 in the morning and our city is ablaze with
a silent and overwhelming rebuke... Light transforms darkness.

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2 things 30.Aug.2004 18:11

reader

1. This sounds very ineffective. Who is going to notice these lights in New York? If it makes you feel better go ahead but if you can't be seen then your message can't be heard.

2. If 1968 was any indication violence at the hands of the police will cause Bush to lose. I don't understand how people keep missing this. Perhaps people are just too afraid to think clearly.

Why so negative "reader"? 30.Aug.2004 18:31

Tony Blair's dog

"This sounds very ineffective. Who is going to notice these lights in New York? If it makes you feel better go ahead but if you can't be seen then your message can't be heard."

A giant candle light march would be seen by the whole world,
since it would be shown on every tv channel.

It's a great idea.

negative? 30.Aug.2004 18:40

reader

To say something is ineffective doesn't mean it's a bad thing to do. This is the kind of thing I would do and have done. But I challenge the assumption that this is an effective way to convey a message. A large march would be a good thing regardless of its theme, but that's not what is being advocated, by my reading. Plus, given the coverage of the marches of the past 2 days I strongly disagree that "it would be shown on every tv channel." To me, this is just another let's be quiet and pray for change message. There's nothing wrong with that, but alone it is an ineffective way to create change. That doesn't mean people shouldn't do it, but the message here is clear, and it is counter-productive. 1968 sunk the democrats; 2004 will sink the republicans.