This past Saturday
was host to anti-war demonstrations
in cities throughout the United States and even internationally
. In Washington, DC
a march, which was accompanied by a later benefit concert
, drew over 100,000 people
(estimates vary). Rallies in San Francisco
and Los Angeles
drew thousands more. Though there was some mainstream coverage
, it was largely overshadowed by hurricane news. [more inside]
In anti-war protests in Australia yesterday
as young as 12 were shown on TV coverage participating not only in protests, but in the violence that followed when the protesters attacked police. There has, in the past, been condemnation of those who bring their children along to protests, but this is the first time I have seen large numbers of children protesting on their own behalf - most of whom would have been truant from school and, judging by the way many hid from cameras, without the permission of their parents. Should we take them seriously, or are they too young to really understand what it is they are protesting against? [more inside]
Wake America from Its Bloodless Trance
"Unfortunately, most of you will never see my anti-war commercial. Why? Because the major network news outlets refused to accept it, claiming that the imagery was too graphic... linking death to war seems to be taboo at a time when the connection should be on the top of our minds. Few in the major media are talking about casualties in the Iraq war, and it seems our nation does not want to confront the reality that the war will result in casualties, anywhere from a few thousand dead and wounded (itself a horrific number) to tens of thousands, according to international experts. Let's be clear – that's thousands of dead or wounded people, at a minimum. "
Six anti-war commercials
, featuring, among others, Mos Def
, Russell Simmons
, Susan Sarandon
and Ben and Jerry.
Get your Anti-War on!
The definitive strategy guide for achieving everlasting peace. Amazingly, similar
stuff is actually happening
. Will Bush finally hear?
Peter Yarrow's daughter confronts the new police state.
Notes from the peace rally in NYC last weekend. Is the next generation ready to stand up for its rights?
Poets Against the War
At Sam Hamill's Poets Against the War
, the story of the recent cancellation
(link to Canada's Globe and Mail), by Laura Bush, of a Feb. 12 poetry symposium at the White House. From the G and M article: Stanley Kunitz, poet laureate 2000-01, told reporters, "I think there was a general feeling that the current administration is not really a friend of the poetic community and that its program of attacking Iraq is contrary to the humanitarian position that is at the centre of the poetic impulse."
Hamill is gathering contributions
from poets around the world, including Pulitzer Prize-winners Yusef Komunyakaa and W.S. Merwin, National Book Award winner Marilyn Hacker, novelist Ursula K. Le Guin, and Adrienne Rich.
This post is not intended the fan the flames of 'War on Iraq: Yes or No', but to explore Kunitz's contention: Is there at the centre of the poetic impulse a particular type of humanitarianism? Is there a space for poets and poetry in political debate? Are poets the "unacknowledged legislators of the world"? [more inside]
Evidence from Britain that the anti-war movement is having an effect.
Perhaps the upcoming anti-war marches in Washington and San Francisco on January 18th will turn the tide in the USA.