Saturday, April 15, 2006

Quick Update on the Crawford Peace Rally

Well, the first thing I did was take this picture in the bathroom before I left for Crawford yesterday. As you can see, Glenda's magic was still working as the camera flash illumined a peace sign within the reflection. Someday I hope my grandchildren carry on this work of waging peace.

The big news from Crawford, already reported over at The Blue Republic, was the scoop that 14 protesters, including Daniel Ellsberg were arrested in a peaceful demonstration yesterday afternoon. When we arrived, we saw them being carried off in the paddywagons with full sirens blasting. Originally, they reported 16 arrested, but I'm not sure the police counted them correctly. It seems there were only 14. Of course, one has to wonder, if under the influence of Bushco, whether the Crawford public schools actually have math on their curricula.

The city of Crawford has been passing ordinances to make it more difficult for people to assemble peacefully to voice their opinions. Last fall, they made it illegal to park one's car on the grassy side of the road, out in the country. Now there is a more recent ordinance against walking or standing anywhere on the side of the road, and especially close to the entrance to the Bush ranch. Freedom of speech? Freedom to assemble? That's Commie propaganda!

Thanks goes to Ellbserg and his staunch companions who made the decison to test the validity of this ordinance, knowing they would go to jail. They ended up in the Waco jail, while friends and supporters tried to rouse a judge to come hear their case on Good Friday. When I left late yesterday, they had not yet been successful. Time will tell when they will be released.

Tomorrow, Easter Sunday, the protest will come to Austin.

The Crawford Peace House website reports:

April 17 Day of Protest in Austin.

04/17/2006 - 11:00am
04/17/2006 - 8:30pm

11am - 12:15 pm
ANTI WAR RALLY with Cindy, De De, Juan Torres, Bill Mitchell and others from Gold Star Families for Peace and Ann Wright, and other Camp Caseyites yet to be determined. LOCATION: UT East Mall, near MLK statue

I will be there. Come on down!


At 9:54 AM, Blogger Stella said...

I offer my profound thanks to all Crawford protesters. (I so wish I could be there.)

This comment includes a link from the Washington Post criticising progressive bloggers.

Finkle writes, "To what, effect, though? Do the hundreds of thousands of daily visitors to Daily Kos, who sign their comments with phrases such as 'Anger is energy,' accomplish anything other than talking among themselves?"

The answer arrived when I thought about the protesters in Crawford this weekend. I wonder how much mobilization for the event occurred as a direct result of blogging.

I would enjoy reading your response. A partial post of the article and my letter to the Post appears on our blog.

Always wonderful and enlightening to stop your blog. I send my vehement protest in solidarity. And I wish I were there to thank each one of you for supporting the First Amendment

At 10:02 AM, Blogger isabelita said...

glenda - here are books and auhtors I have read or re-read and are on my top ten for now, in no particular ranking:
Independent People by Halldor Laxness
Moby Dick by Herman Melville
Eva Trout by Elizabeth Bowen, as well as anything else by this woman
Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell
Don Quixote by Cervantes
Anything written by Margaret Atwood
Anything by John Updike
The Transit of Venus by Shirley Hazzard
Anything by V.S.Pritchett

I have a hard time with top ten lists, but this is a good sampling of my most appreciated.

At 12:52 PM, Blogger Tinky/Caddy said...

With you in thought (from way over on the West Coast =)

At 1:43 PM, Blogger Peacechick Mary said...

I am sending all the warm supportive thoughts I can generate your way. Know that millions of people will be watching and that we care very much. You are wonderful to do this. I'll be out at a local demonstration knowing that you are all out there doing your thing.

At 4:20 PM, Blogger glenda said...

Thanks, all, and Isabelita, what a gift. Con mucho gusto.

At 8:10 PM, Blogger isabelita said...

De nada! ;)

At 4:41 AM, Blogger Neil Shakespeare said...

Sounds like they have the Laws Against Existence down pat down there in Crawford. Best regards to all.

At 12:16 PM, Blogger Citisucks said...

That is why I call it a war on dissent. The corporate terrorists will go after anyone who disagrees with them and the pigs have become their personal hit men.

Thanks for joining the protest and getting out their Glenda. I don't live in the same part of the country as you so I won't be there in person, but I will be in spirit.

At 3:55 PM, Blogger glenda said...

You don't need to be here or even at this rally to work for effective change. Everyone can chop wood and carry water in their own area.
Here's what you can do: organize voter registration drives, help out at a food bank (my husband does this) be a big brother or sister, etc., it all counts.
Thanks, Glenda

At 6:04 PM, Blogger GraemeAnfinson said...

keep up the good work!!

At 6:07 PM, Blogger fallenmonk said...

Go Glenda and know that the force of many are with you. Give peace a chance. Wish we were with you but you know that there are many behind you in spirit.

At 8:46 PM, Blogger Spider Girl said...

We had a protest in our town by the military base back in March and fortunately it was fairly well-received.

I hope the demonstration in Austin goes well! Thanks for being there! :)

At 3:00 PM, Anonymous Elizabeth Branford said...

Thanks for posting on this, and interesting questions raised in the first comment.
I agree that blogs CAn have an impact on organizing, I wonder why more don't? When we did the "blog festival" everyone agreed that it was a good way to highlight a theme- so I wonder why more organizing doesn't happen? More campaigns?

I wonder if its because too many are writing and not enough are doing the reading, being moved by others. Ego? The criticism is often aimed at that and the fact that what is read is often out of reciprocity vs. earnesty. Not sure what role bloggers can play but where a voice can be had- it should be used, I say...

At 3:22 PM, Blogger glenda said...

There was a rally at the University of Texas today, 50,000 student population, only 50 sudents showed up.....think we have some work to do with the younger generation?

At 9:02 PM, Blogger SNAKE HUNTERS said...

Two Sides To Every Coin.

Have you ever heard of
Leslie Cagan? She's a
Masterful Puppeteer.

She has all of the Key Words
Students For
Wife's of Veteran's For...
Environmental Peace Alliance
People of Color For...
Gay & Lesbians For...
Stop the Bombs!
Save the Spotted Owls
Save the Whales
Save Us All From Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld, and
Halliburton! etc
Progressives For... (Yeah!)
Grassroots For...(Uh Huh)

She was an organizer for
Fidel Castro for seven yrs
during standoff with Nikita
Krushchev amd JFK's Cuban
Missle Crisis...1962
She's good! Real Good!

P.T. Barnum said, "There's a
sucker born every minute, &
two to take him"...Don't feel bad, everyone's been had by a predator...
when young & vulnerable.

Read the letter from
Barcelona...Thank you. reb

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