On resistance and marches

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These are photos from the 2003 world-wide marches and protests that occurred as the Bush Administration –operating on the lie that Saddam Hussein possessed weapons of mass destruction – moved inexorably towards its war on Iraq:

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On March 20, 2003, the United States started bombing Baghdad.

We marched a little more.

But our government did not stop and has not stopped bombing Iraq (which we do now for different reasons that trace back to the original lie). We will probably continue to bomb Iraq over the next four years.

Like those anti-war marches, our marches yesterday were powerful. We pledged our resistance to Donald Trump, the GOP, the administration that is shaping up, and the policies that they hope to inflict upon us.

Trump and the GOP, however, don’t give a damn about our marches. Like Bush, they intend to bomb anyway – bomb health care, bomb social security, bomb civil liberties, bomb the Treasury, bomb reproductive rights, bomb the poor, bomb immigrants….

In addition to Iraq, they intend to bomb some other country, most likely Middle Eastern.

The only question, then, is what resistance will we offer that will not prove as impotent as our resistance during the Bush years?  Will we walk away from these marches, giddy with the delusion that they are the only work that we need to do?

Or have we learned the lesson of Iraq (I have great hopes that we have), which is that the world pays a huge price for – that children, women and men suffer and die because of – our political quietism and submission to those in power, of which our anti-whatever marches have too often been the first phase?

 

 

 

5 thoughts on “On resistance and marches

    Julia said:
    January 22, 2017 at 4:41 pm

    Couple of ideas: Monthly Neighborhood Letter writing parties…sitting down together at the picnic tables in backyards across the country to write to our representatives to let them know what we think, what we are outraged by, what hurts our families, friends and neighbors. Let’s tell them how their policies affect us. This is difficult to accomplish in isolation and easy to avoid if we remain isolated from each other. Through the isolationist Murk’n Dream of “I got mine, too bad for you” has allowed this to happen. The myth of “self-sufficiency” and “independence” has screwed with our sense of responsibility to each other. We have to get out of our cars, come out of our houses, be courageous enough to engage one another directly, honestly and humbly, instead of standing there stupidly watching another and another group be persecuted and dehumanized.

    I would also propose an adoption project wherein we adopt one another as true and legal, capital-f Family. Individuals or entire families could adopt each other. Forge alliances between congregations of all kinds, by officially proclaiming in writing that we are committed to each others’ freedom and wholeness–that we adopt one another. It could actually be a lot of fun! My sangha could adopt your mosque temple or church and vice versa to ensure fair and equal treatment for all of us. Civic groups could also adopt one another, artistic groups, animal rescue groups, senior citizens, teens, young parents, everybody ad infinitum, could all make commitments to stand for each other and not allow anyone to be abused or threatened. There is a lot we could do without the government’s sanction or approval. Every time an immigrant gains their citizenship, one of us could be there to adopt them and let them know we welcome them. Every time a teenager defies the odds, turns their life around and gets a GED someone could be there ready to commit to their success. That’s it! We have to commit to other people’s successes just as much as we try to be successful ourselves…you may say I’m a dreamer…

    I look a bit further back, to the French Resistance of the 1930s-40s, which I think may be a better example than the kind of half assed, disjointed one we sort of had in the first years of this millennium. Thank you for giving us an opportunity to think, Alycee Lane…you are a BadAss of the Highest order, and you have my gratitude. Sorry if I took up too much space on your page…

      Alycee Lane responded:
      January 22, 2017 at 4:51 pm

      Fantastic ideas! Take up all the space you need. I’d like this site to be exactly what you’re making it: a place to connect, exchange ideas, and launch serious action. So no apologies please!

    Julia said:
    January 22, 2017 at 6:46 pm

    Happy to go on and on! I am forwarding the link to this blog to several friends and inviting them to Engage!

    Julia said:
    January 22, 2017 at 7:52 pm

    I just looked up the Naturalization Ceremonies in St. Louis, and found a listing for 2017. I will be at the one this coming Friday at the MO Botanical Gardens. Gonna make some cards to hand out…
    “Immigrants Enrich US(A)!” This is the America I want to be from…

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