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October 06, 2002

Not In Our Name

New Yorkers says No to Iraq War.
This article is relatively accurate-- although as is typical, the media halved the size of the rally, claiming 10,000 people, while the organizers doubled the real number in their estimates to 50,000. I was working on the legal observing team-- nothing to do since the cops were well behaved -- so we idled away in the sun doing the basic count. A good solid 20,000 folks with a relaxed vibe with families and strollers galore.

Picture thanks to LBO.

Here is Skippy's post on his attendance at the Los Angeles rally.

One thing the article did not mention is the campaign by the Not in Our Name coalition to promote people distributing and signing the following "Pledge of Resistance" to oppose any upcoming war:

We believe that as people living
in the United States it is our
responsibility to resist the injustices
done by our government, in our names
Not in our name
will you wage endless war
there can be no more deaths
no more transfusions of blood for oil
Not in our name
will you invade countries
bomb civilians, kill more children
letting history take its course
over the graves of the nameless
Not in our name
will you erode the very freedoms
you have claimed to fight for
Not by our hands
will we supply weapons and funding
for the annihilation of families
on foreign soil
Not by our mouths
will we let fear silence us
Not by our hearts
will we allow whole peoples
or countries to be deemed
Not by our will
and Not in our name
We pledge resistance
We pledge alliance with those
who have come under attack
for voicing opposition to the war
or for their religion or ethnicity
We pledge to make common cause
with the people of the world
to bring about justice freedom and peace
Another world is possible
and we pledge to make it real

Posted by Nathan at October 6, 2002 08:21 PM

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