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Sunday, March 13, 2005

"U.S. Troops Out Now"

A couple of weeks ago while on my way to the bus stop here in my Uptown Minneapolis neighborhood, I noticed a flyer stapled to the telephone pole. It reads,

"Stop the War in Iraq. End the Occupation. Bring the Troops Home Now! On the weekend of March 19/20 anti-war protests will be held around the world to mark the second anniversary of the start of the U.S. war in Iraq."

I removed it from the pole and shoved it into my pocket for reference. It conveniently provides a web address to an organization called Department Of Peace. For research purposes, I contacted the provided email addresses and signed up for my information in a Yahoo! Groups site.

On Friday this message was posted;

MINNEAPOLIS MN--TROOPS OUT NOW! SATURDAY, MARCH 19, 2005, 1:00PM--Gather along Hennepin/Lyndale Avenues and be part of a massiveantiwar presence. 1:30--March, followed by a closing event at alocation near the park.On Tuesday, March 15th the House of Representative is scheduled to voteon the president's request for an additional $82 billion for the war inIraq. Just a few days later the 2nd anniversary of the beginning of thatwar will be marked by protest activities in at least 300 cities aroundthe country, and scores of other places around the world. (Visit to find an action near you, or to listyour event.)Now is the time to ratchet up our pressure on Congress and let them knowhow disgusted we are at the waste of our tax dollars for this deadly,criminal war. They have the power to stop the flow of money. Many of you have already made calls, sent faxes, and organized lobby visits. Let'sexpand and intensify those efforts by bringing more people and strongertactics into the struggle to stop this obscene $82 billion appropriation.

There are also suggested avenues of action such as contacting your congressman and senators to demand the above agenda.

And there is also this rather active calendar;

Every Wednesday, 7 to 8 a.m., Vigil at Alliant Tech, 5050 Lincoln, Edina.FFI: Wednesday, 4:30 to 5:30 p.m., Vigil to end the occupation of Iraq,Lake/Marshall bridge over the Mississippi.Every Thursday, 4:30 to 5:30 p.m., Vigil in front of Lockheed Martin, NWcorner of Pilot Knob Road and Yankee Doodle Road in Eagan.Every Friday, 4:15 to 5:15 p.m., Vigil to end the occupation of Palestine,Snelling and Summit, St. Paul.

I imagine there will not be quite so many people who will participate in this protest. It's got to be pretty clear to just about everyone that a corner was turned on January 30th when Iraqis turned out in the millions to participate in what now promises to be a democracy there. These organizations have all the appearance of being peaceful in their demonstration. If I'm right about that, then I seriously doubt there's much chance of this protest turning violent.

America is a democracy and these groups that will be protesting are completely within their rights to make their voices heard. It will be interesting to note how many people participate. At this point in the debate between the supporters and the anti-war folks, I see no need whatsoever to organize a counter protest. I think it even more demoralizing to them to simply ignore their little fantasy.


  • At 2:38 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Pink Monkey bird.
    Thankyou for your timely research. You've got one of the best blogs in the MOB.


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