That's me and my friends... My buddy on the right used to be
involved with the old De Center (L.A. Anarchist Center in 1994)
D'Angelo (Southern Califoria Anarchist Federation/
Cop Watch / KPFK)
Her shirt reads - Go Vegan and no body gets hurt
Josh from L.A. Food Not Bombs
Acitivist getting interiew by the media
Joaquin (a former RCYB - communist group)now an Anarchist
talking with a Revolutionary Communist Party member
High school kids
More high school kids who that participated in the walk out
(click on the above link and it will take you to a differnt site)
I’ve been attending rallies for many years and never
got burnt out or tired of them. Everytime I go they
renew my faith in humanity. Political demonstrations
are such a great place to network with other activists
Why do people continue to protest?
There are many ways to answer this. Protest is a form
of public outcry. Protests have the ability to raise
consciousness. Every so often the corporate media
includes a small segment about them, usually watering
down the message and underestimating the numbers of
people in attendance. Nonetheless, protest proves that
there are people struggling to make radical changes in
Protest brings attention. Activists usually hold signs
and distribute literature to by-standers. Not everyone
who goes to protests necessarily have the same views.
Some people believe in voting and petitioning as the
major way to achieve change, while others believe in
more revolutionary ideas and means. I remember in the
past someone said “ You aint gonna change anything”.
This was stated many years ago during the Women
Sufferage march. When women couldn’t vote, have the
same access to jobs, or be independent. They were
organizing on the streets and people would proclaim
"you won't change anything." Imagine saying this to
the people of color who were marching for equality,
self-determination and dignity as human beings during
the civil rights era. Would Martin Luther King Jr.
back believe it if someone told him that protests were
a “waste of time”?
Fundamental change will not happen over night and may
take many years of mobilizing and building movement
before we experiences major victories. It definitely
takes more than just wearing a radical t- shirt,
patches, or singing about the issues. When there are
rallies we have to support them 100%. In my opinion we
have to live it, it has to be a way of life, not just
holding banners or chanting. That’s why my friends
like Austin and Joaquin are involved with a community
space in South Central L.A. They believe in community
organzing and listening to what oppressed people in
their communities have to say.
At the World Can't Wait demonstration on Oct. 5th, I
saw Joaquin and he told me that this years October
22nd rally is being organized by a broader coalition
of organizations, including anarchist and
anti-authoritarian ones. And after that march there
will be facilitated group discussions on getting
organized combined with an open mic for the families
whose loved ones were victims of police terrorism. I
am really proud of him and looking forward to this.
Later on that day Tom Morello, from Rage Against
Machine/Audio Slave, performed an acoustic set singing
about Union organizing issues. I thought this was so
awesome and he even had an IWW
(anarchist/anti-authoritarian union) hat on.
People were showing up to the World Can't Wait
demonstration throughout the day. It was inspiring to
see a lot of High School youth who decided to
participate in the walkouts. It's great to know that
more and more people, especially youth, are realizing
that this country always has enough money for war but
not for health care and education. It's great to hear
people acknowledging that Bush is the worst president
in history. Although, having Bush kicked out of office
won't change our situation that much cos he's just a
puppet. Corporations runs this country. They fund war
and pay off/control politicians. We really need to be
out in the streets everyday fighting, cos if we stand
silent and still it will seriously affect future generations.
The World can't waite:
Your government, on the basis of outrageous lies, is waging a murderous and utterly illegitimate war in Iraq, with other
countries in their sights.
Your government is openly torturing people, and justifying it.
Your government puts people in jail on the merest suspicion, refusing them lawyers, and either holding them indefinitely or
deporting them in the dead of night.
Your government is moving each day closer to a theocracy, where a narrow and hateful brand of Christian fundamentalism
Your government suppresses the science that doesn't fit its religious, political and economic agenda, forcing present and
future generations to pay a terrible price.
Your government is moving to deny women here, and all over the world, the right to birth control and abortion.
Your government enforces a culture of greed, bigotry, intolerance and ignorance.
People look at all this and think of Hitler — and they are right to do so. The Bush regime is setting out to radically remake
society very quickly, in a fascist way, and for generations to come. We must act now; the future is in the balance.
Millions and millions are deeply disturbed and outraged by this. They recognize the need for a vehicle to express this
outrage, yet they cannot find it; politics as usual cannot meet the enormity of the challenge, and people sense this.
There is not going to be some magical "pendulum swing." People who steal elections and believe they're on a "mission
from God" will not go without a fight.
There is not going to be some savior from the Democratic Party. This whole idea of putting our hopes and energies into
"leaders" who tell us to seek common ground with fascists and religious fanatics is proving every day to be a disaster, and
actually serves to demobilize people.
But silence and paralysis are NOT acceptable. That which you will not resist and mobilize to stop, you will learn — or be
forced — to accept. There is no escaping it: the whole disastrous course of this Bush regime must be STOPPED. And we
must take the responsibility to do it.
And there is a way. We are talking about something on a scale that can really make a huge change in this country and in the
world. We need more than fighting Bush's outrages one at a time, constantly losing ground to the whole onslaught. We
must, and can, aim to create a political situation where the Bush regime's program is repudiated, where Bush himself is
driven from office, and where the whole direction he has been taking society is reversed. We, in our millions, must and can
take responsibility to change the course of history.
This will not be easy. If we speak the truth, they will try to silence us. If we act, they will to try to stop us. But we speak for the
majority, here and around the world, and as we get this going we are going to reach out to the people who have been so
badly fooled by Bush and we are NOT going to stop.
The point is this: history is full of examples where people who had right on their side fought against tremendous odds and
were victorious. And it is also full of examples of people passively hoping to wait it out, only to get swallowed up by a horror
beyond what they ever imagined. The future is unwritten. WHICH ONE WE GET IS UP TO US.
People listening to D'Angelo