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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