Wednesday, November 03, 2004

no justice, no peace

I stopped going to marches and rallies a while ago. I've become cynical -- they just didn't do anything for me anymore. I've come to believe that there are other ways to make a statement, especially because where I live, there's a rally every five minutes, and all the causes get jumbled up together, and you end up wondering, What are we trying to say?

But on my way home just a few minutes ago, I chanced upon a big procession -- some 300 or 400 people strong -- of anti-Bush (and anti-Iraq War and anti-Palestinian occupation and pro-unification of South and North Korea...) folks with drums and chants and signs on Valencia Street. They'd started downtown, and they were still going. With their police escorts, they were literally stopping traffic.

And you know, though I had absolutely no desire to join them, it was a relief to see them. Given the frustration and powerlessness that I and many people around me feel about this election, it was heartening to see such spirited resistance.

What will it accomplish in the grand scheme of things? Maybe it'll get a mention in the newspaper tomorrow. Maybe nothing -- except make a lot of people (including me) feel a lot better. Which I guess is reason enough. Though I still think the left needs to find a better way to send a message than with a march. Sometimes I feel like we're using outdated strategies to fight a 21st Century struggle.

option8, San Francisco


At 9:11 PM, Blogger Jackie200 said...

Good point

At 5:21 PM, Blogger Axalotal said...

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At 8:28 PM, Blogger JoeyPier said...

You have described "symbolism over substance"

At 10:53 PM, Blogger CleverCynic said...

I think you need it. It's a snowballing thing. In your areas, when 9 out of 10 people tell you the president is a bad guy, eventually you're going to believe it. It's all in the presentation...ask Mr. Moore.


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