Posted by Joelen Mulvaney, a resident of another community, on Feb 22, 2008 at 9:39 am
There is great value for demonstrators themselves when they act out for peace or against war. The more the merrier and when folks learn how empowering and, yes, FUN it is to join groups like the Raging Grannies, then the collective voice may be heard farther and wider. Democracy takes practice, and practicing democrcy by speaking out is the best insurance a free society has to stay free. Billionaires for Bush, the Anarchist Marching Bands, Queerleaders, Radical Cheerleaders and other performance and humor focused protest groups get their message accross much better and to a wider audience than angry shouters and window smashers. Humor is also more effective in speaking truth to power, they can't resist listening! When Ragin Grannies brought cookies, serenaded, spoke and got arrested for not leaving the Marine Recruitment Center in Barre, Vermont, the Marine recruiters admitted that they felt bad about lying to potential recruits about benefits and advantages of joining up and one had tears in his eyes as one of the grannies talked about her own military service during WWII. All I can say to the Raging Grannies is....KEEP ON SINGING!
Posted by Resident, a resident of the Old Mountain View neighborhood, on Feb 29, 2008 at 1:31 am
The reason "we" didn't take the hint in 1993 with the first terrorist attack on the World Trade Center, is that Bill Clinton and his corrupt gang were in power. They simply weren't interested in such things. Be prepared for even worse negligence and incompetence if Obama or Hillary get elected.