Posts Tagged ‘protest’

Just for fun

Tuesday, November 27th, 2007

As a letter writer to the Herald gets torn apart in the comment section for humorously Musing about anti-war protests , I’d like to offer this also humorous view from Olympia.

On the night of the 13th, the anarchist witches and wizards patrolled the crowd around the women’s blockade, following under cover cops and guarding each other against fascists. The blockade held up the shipments until they were all arrested. And then the military tried to sneak the death-machines by on another road. All of a sudden, light began to leap from the shadows and the police guarding the Strykers were bewitched and pummeled by the new spells spread throughout Olympia. Everyone was running. Witches and wizards conjured objects from the sky. The internal military began to open fire on the crowd. Concussion grenades were going off as people suddenly realized they had a wand in their pocket. They took it out, gripped it firmly in their hands and began to counter the spells of the enemy which they had been trying to evade all of their lives.

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Do not have full fledged consensus meetings during an action. ABSOLUTELY DO NOT HAVE MEETINGS DURING A RIOT! Instead, have an idea of what YOUR group wants to do before you find yourselves in a riot. Constant motion is your greatest ally (besides Magic). Spontaneous, creative, imaginative thought is what accomplishes things on the streets. Meetings do nothing but dull the energy that a riot needs to sustain itself.

Do not FIGHT EACH OTHER!

FIGHT THEM!

We would like to wish you all beautiful dreams tonight. Take comfort and strength in what you just were a part of if you were. If you were not there, do the same thing. There are no rules and no limits. We are all together.

With eternal love to all,

The Port Liberation Front (PLF)
A Faction Of The Olympia Chapter Of The Eugene Anarchists
A Centralized Branch Of The International Anarchist Conspiracy (IAC)

Witches, wizards and magic wands is just simple humor, but for those who demand high brow humor, I offer this bit of irony. (more…)

Do they know?

Monday, November 19th, 2007

You know, but do they know?They… the students who recently walked out of school to protest the war in Iraq. Do they really know what they are protesting against? Are they old enough to comprehend the impact on the world if we were to leave Iraq now, if we were to leave tomorrow or even if we were to have never entered Iraq? Some say many of the students just wanted to skip while at least one of the students said

[She] … joined because she wanted to draw Ferndale residents’ attention to the war.“Also it shows that youth know something and are willing to support their beliefs,” she said.blogs.bellinghamherald.com

While I feel many high schoolers are truly capable of comprehending the Iraq situation, I also feel that many more just think they can comprehend the situation and protest away.But if some can comprehend and some can’t comprehend, then where do you draw the line on who we listen to and who we don’t? Should we draw a line?? (more…)

Two wrongs don’t make a right

Sunday, November 18th, 2007

Yes, I’ll admit the title is a bit cliche. But I have a right to be cliche; Don’t I? Well I think I do, don’t we all have a right to do whatever we want? Isn’t that what America is all about? Well the short and long answers are both the same; No.

Students in Ferndale and across the nation walked out of school on Friday in protest of the Iraq War. Was it within their rights to speak out against the war? I say yes. Was it within their rights to break school rules to do it? That answer is a bit fuzzy, since it is a school rule they broke, not a law.

Ferndale Principal Dawn Fairchild said the students were exercising their civil liberties, but they were warned there would be repercussions. Leaving class without authorization gets a student Saturday school, Fairchild said.

“We’re just being consistent with what we would do in any other situation,” she said.

Herald: Ferndale and Windward students leave school to protest Iraq War.

I commend the principal for separating the student’s civil liberties from the act of breaking the school rules. In this nation they have the right to speak and assemble as they see fit, but they don’t have the right to break rules in exercising their civil liberties. It is a wrong to walkout of school; it is not a right.

In Olympia there are regular demonstrations against the port being used to support the the war in Iraq. Do the participants have the right to assemble and speak out against the war? You betcha they do! They have a right in this nation to assemble, speak, chant, wave signs and yell until the cows come home and even beyond that. But they don’t have a right to break laws any more than the student in Ferndale had a right to break school rules. Civil disobedience is not a right, it is wrong.

Civil disobedience is wrong even if you are prepared to suffer the consequences, whether it’s criminal prosecution in Olympia or Saturday school in Ferndale.  Wrong is wrong, it is not a right.  Take heart though, if you are one of the walkout students.   YAWR the organizer of the event,  will send a peace version of Guito to blackmail convince your school  administrators that wrong is right, i.e. doing wrong is a civil right.

If you or any other students face discipline for walking out of school, please contact us immediately.  We can mobilize hundreds of antiwar activists to protest your school authorities with emails and phone calls to protect your right to participate in this act of mass civil disobedience.  Please forward this email to any students who may have faced any discipline.

Youth Against War and Racism

The irony of both these situation is that the news and public interest will follow the bad behavior rather than the message of their protest.

My Commitment to Recycling

Wednesday, February 21st, 2007

Today’s post is made from 100% recycled material. This is one of the many letters I wrote to the Bellingham City Council last fall regarding the Troops Home Resolution. With a resurgence of the well used but never explained Bush lied talk accompanying all the impeachment business I felt like a recycling some of my writings to counter the left’s recycled rhetoric.

9/14/06 email to Bellingham City Council

No matter how many resolutions and sign waving protest there are, the President must get up every morning and do the job for which he was hired. And similarly, no matter how many people are in the room supporting this proposal, the council still has an obligation to do the job for which they were hired. (more…)