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Time to take a look at how well the Daily Kos Do's and Don'ts advice went over with this weekend's protest crowd. We're only looking at the "don't" list today. The remainder of the text below is from Daily Kos; the pictures from various reports on the festivities.
Don't have a hippy drum circle:
There are few things more annoying and irrelevant than a bunch of dreadlocked Boulderites banging on drums while dancing around with erect nipples under their hemp shirts.
Don't have a gothic pagan chorus on the stage talking about mermaids:
This actually happened at the last November 3rd movement rally. It has nothing to do with the overall point of the protest. Rather it is just an opportunity for superficial hipsters to whine about "mother earth". They then leave to go get coffee and don't stay for the rally.
Don't talk about gay rights or other issues that have little to do with the Iraqi invasion:
Believe it our not, all of the protesters do not see eye to eye. Although Palestine and gay rights are very important issues (and yes, I do realize that there are parallels between imperialism with Palestine and Iraq) that does not mean we should have speakers that talk for 30 minutes on the subjects. It is sloppy and off message to the united coalition of organizations and individuals against the Iraq war to talk about different issues that they may not agree with. Stay with a poignant message and prosper.
Don't use the slogan "No Blood For Oil!":
Face it. The bromide is tired, used. Be creative.
Don't march to the Halliburton building:
Guess what, most of the workers aren't there on Saturday. We've done it two times with little to show for it, enough is enough.
Don't talk for an hour and a half, leaving supporters standing:
Last time different speakers talked for a little over and hour and a half. The primary reason we showed up was not to hear people speak about things we are already aware of or don't care about. We wanted to march! By the time the speeches were over, a good chunk of the crowd had left, and no media was around.
Don't wear black bandanas or gas masks:
Want the police to target you? Wear a black bandana over your face. Wear a gas mask. I know, I know, it's the cool anarcho thing to do, but it's also very foolish. If you feel you might need them later (for whatever reasons...), put them in your bag where you'll have easy access to them.
If you bring kids or animals, stay on the sidewalk.
Don't set up a [deleted] T-shirt stand selling Anti-Bush propaganda made in Hanes sweatshop factories:
Everytime I go to a rally I see some baby boomer liberal [deleted] shelling his shallow and petty white T-Shirt crap. Don't do it. To ad insult to injury, the shirts are usually from some sweatshop company like Hanes. When you try and talk to the vendor he gets all defensive and babbles something about an "honest" living. Yeah, right. For that matter, let's keep all aspects of consumerism out of the rally. Protests are about community empowerment and action, not buying stuff. Save it for conferences and book signings.
DC photos here
LA protest photos here.
Video of rally to honor military families (a counter-protest) on CSPAN here.
Closing thought from Holly Aho, must read.
Ha. Turns out many of those marching in London yesterday were actually ex-employees of a catering company, protesting their dismissal. You couldn't make this stuff up.Posted by sortapundit at September 25, 2005 06:43 PM
Didn't realize Chewbacca had fallen on hard times. Guess the Star Wars residual checks are no longer paying the bills.Posted by dogwood at September 25, 2005 06:45 PM
There was a "peace protest" by a group of aged hippies at a very busy intersection in my town yesterday afternoon. They followed standard protocol by brandishing "No Blood For Oil" and "Bush Lied People Died", signs.
Their garb and hygiene habits were hippie standard issue as well. Tie dyed shirts. Birkenstocks. Protruding underarm hair. Gray, scraggly pony tails attached to the back of balding heads. The men too.
They also had a number of "Honk For Peace" signs. I pulled over and watched for a bit as hundreds (actual numbers, not Sheehanesque estimates)of cars drove by. Many people laughed at them. Some shook their heads. Not one single car beeped.Posted by Buckley F. Williams at September 25, 2005 06:56 PM
Actually Dogwood, I posted on Chewbacca's involvement in the anti-War movement just the other day.
Posted by Buckley F. Williams at September 25, 2005 06:59 PM
"Gray, scraggly pony tails attached to the back of balding heads. The men too."
How supremely ironic! The eternally hip generation dusts off the 1968 playbook and puts it's fogey-ness on display.Posted by wcf4440 at September 25, 2005 07:09 PM
I don't get it. The drum in the middle looks like it was made by a corporation. And the white bucket drum on the right looks like a plastic bucket, which, of course, was made from petroleum products produced by a really big corporation. I wonder how many brown people Bush had to kill to make that guy's bucket?Posted by YetAnotherRick at September 25, 2005 07:35 PM
Hey! Some of us were fogeys even then, at age 21 or so. Of course, we were also only there for the drugs, sex, and rock and roll.Posted by JorgXMckie at September 25, 2005 07:48 PM
By contrast, the people at the Support the Troops Rally today in DC looked like they actually take baths occasionally. I am not saying that those that don't regularly bathe are not free to march and speak their minds but....
Story and pics herePosted by Jeff at September 25, 2005 08:38 PM
Don't try to revive your parents' or at this point your grandparents' glory days, especially when their democratic party was comfortable with an assertive foreign policyPosted by Jeremy Abrams at September 25, 2005 09:04 PM
On the "drum" thing: Those were two very military-looking, not Amerind-looking, drums in that picture. The one carried by the woman creeped me out, being one of those thin, flat snare drums originally invented for the Hitler Youth drummers, those kids not being big enough to march with a full-size snare drum.
Owhell, rhythmic drum beats are a way to submerge the individual consciousness into the collective. That's why armies used them. Also why hippies use them.
Being neither soldier not hippy, I march to my own cadence.Posted by Justthisguy at September 25, 2005 09:10 PM
Why does Kos hate poor brown people and not want them to have employment?
Mean ol' Kos.Posted by Sigivald at September 26, 2005 05:07 PM
Hey now, *I* have a greying ponytail on a balding head. It complements my rapidly-silvering temples and beard.
FWIW, I shower twice a day most days.
I should floss more often, though.Posted by corrie at September 26, 2005 06:26 PM
Speaking as a former Boulder, Colo. resident,
the dreadlocked drum circle with the erect nipples is the _best_ part of any rally. Nothing like about 5000 of them on a mountainside. Trust me on this.
The Movement has gotten really boring in the last 20 years.Posted by Bruce Dearborn Walker at September 27, 2005 02:58 AM
I happened to be in downtown Los Angeles, and caught the tail-end of the rally there by chance last Saturday. Pictures are here.Posted by wordsmith at September 27, 2005 02:13 PM Hide Comments | Show/Add Comments in Popup Window(14) | (Note: You must refresh main page to view newly posted comments here)