A great event! Thousands attended, rallied at Waterfront Park and marched to the tune of many different drums. The Portland Drum Corps, the March Forth Band, much music and spontaneous chants and an enormous outpouring of heart, soul, and physical reisistance to the growing evil being visited upon the people of this land and by the people of this land upon the peoples of the world.
Say what you will about the ineffectiveness of these mass demonstrations. I think that the thousands and thousands and thousands who attended this event might have cause to disbelieve you. The folks at this event were "ordinary" Americans, drawn to the streets by their resistance to tyranny and despotism, however nuanced by a lapdog media, however excused and justified by lofty phrases, often repeated and falsely passing for fact. These everyday, work a day human beings, chose to spend their day in the solidarity of peace, justice, and the spirit of humanity lacking in both our foreign and our domestic policy.
Palestine, Iraq, Afghanistan, we see it will never end. We cannot depend upon our elected leaders to deliver us from the evil they have deliberately passed upon the world. By their aquiesence in approving and further funding this Occupation, our elected leaders have demonstrated that it is their values which have brought us and the rest of the planet to the brink of exhaustion. And it is up to the people to right that wrong, each in their own way, as One People of One Earth.
From the music and speeches in the begining to the speeches and music at the ending, a joy filled the air, diametrically in opposition to the grief, the outrage, the untold abuse of the human spirit which passes for our daily ration in the Corporate Snooz. There is much work to be done, and there is no reason why we can't sing and dance at times during the uphill implementation of Peace. This was the real demonstration today; yea, resist the war, in love and respect for the diversity of Human Beings, everywhere voicing our opposition to the tyranny exampled in Washington DeCeit and other world capitals who have bartered their souls for 30 pieces of silver.
Here are some photogs of our community in Joy and righteous resistance to Velvet Fascism. Audio of the speakers will soon follow.