We had a server outage, and we're rebuilding the site. Some of the site features won't work. Thank you for your patience.
imc indymedia

Los Angeles Indymedia : Activist News

white themeblack themered themetheme help
About Us Contact Us Calendar Publish RSS
Features
latest news
best of news
syndication
commentary


KILLRADIO

VozMob

ABCF LA

A-Infos Radio

Indymedia On Air

Dope-X-Resistance-LA List

LAAMN List




IMC Network:

Original Cities

www.indymedia.org africa: ambazonia canarias estrecho / madiaq kenya nigeria south africa canada: hamilton london, ontario maritimes montreal ontario ottawa quebec thunder bay vancouver victoria windsor winnipeg east asia: burma jakarta japan korea manila qc europe: abruzzo alacant andorra antwerpen armenia athens austria barcelona belarus belgium belgrade bristol brussels bulgaria calabria croatia cyprus emilia-romagna estrecho / madiaq euskal herria galiza germany grenoble hungary ireland istanbul italy la plana liege liguria lille linksunten lombardia london madrid malta marseille nantes napoli netherlands nice northern england norway oost-vlaanderen paris/Île-de-france patras piemonte poland portugal roma romania russia saint-petersburg scotland sverige switzerland thessaloniki torun toscana toulouse ukraine united kingdom valencia latin america: argentina bolivia chiapas chile chile sur cmi brasil colombia ecuador mexico peru puerto rico qollasuyu rosario santiago tijuana uruguay valparaiso venezuela venezuela oceania: adelaide aotearoa brisbane burma darwin jakarta manila melbourne perth qc sydney south asia: india mumbai united states: arizona arkansas asheville atlanta austin baltimore big muddy binghamton boston buffalo charlottesville chicago cleveland colorado columbus dc hawaii houston hudson mohawk kansas city la madison maine miami michigan milwaukee minneapolis/st. paul new hampshire new jersey new mexico new orleans north carolina north texas nyc oklahoma philadelphia pittsburgh portland richmond rochester rogue valley saint louis san diego san francisco san francisco bay area santa barbara santa cruz, ca sarasota seattle tampa bay tennessee urbana-champaign vermont western mass worcester west asia: armenia beirut israel palestine process: fbi/legal updates mailing lists process & imc docs tech volunteer projects: print radio satellite tv video regions: oceania united states topics: biotech

Surviving Cities

www.indymedia.org africa: canada: quebec east asia: japan europe: athens barcelona belgium bristol brussels cyprus germany grenoble ireland istanbul lille linksunten nantes netherlands norway portugal united kingdom latin america: argentina cmi brasil rosario oceania: aotearoa united states: austin big muddy binghamton boston chicago columbus la michigan nyc portland rochester saint louis san diego san francisco bay area santa cruz, ca tennessee urbana-champaign worcester west asia: palestine process: fbi/legal updates process & imc docs projects: radio satellite tv
printable version - js reader version - view hidden posts - tags and related articles

A DAY FOR PEACE IN WESTWOOD

by ANNA KUNKIN Tuesday, Oct. 02, 2001 at 5:51 PM
annekunkin@earthlink.net

Between two and three thousand people gathered at the Federal Building in Westwood, California Saturday, joining in solidarity with the September 29th nation wide protest against the pending war on Afghanistan.



The new anti-war protestors are people of all ages and all walks of life. The expected old- guard-activists were excited to see in their midst not only people of the newer anti-globalization movement and anarchists, but also a majority of new faces; normally mainstream people feeling compelled to take a stand and have their voices counted with the growing number of dissenters against what they perceive as the looming war by the United States against innocent civilian victims, and the potential for complete global disaster if this is allowed to transpire.

People enjoying a Saturday afternoon coffee at the many sidewalk cafes lining the streets of Westwood were surprised when the protesters marched through the streets of the village wielding signs saying things like “Peace Is Patriotic,” “ War Does Not Stop Violence,” “Wage Peace,” and “Don’t Terrorize The Innocent,” sending the message that many Americans, while deeply effected by the thousands of deaths that occurred in the attack on the World Trade Center on September 11, do not feel that unleashing the power of the American militia on Afghani citizens is any kind of an appropriate response.

There were many reactions from the onlookers, some interested and wanting to know more about the movement, and some passionately against the marchers and what they stood for; adopting the standard “Anti-War Equals Pro-Terrorist and Anti-American” rhetoric promoted by the Bush administration. Signs saying “Act Now to Stop War and End Racism,” confused many. These signs, endorsed by The International Action Committee, seemed to have too general a message to really speak to the specific issue. Hopefully a lesson learned.

The numbers of participants swelled from maybe 1500 at the beginning of the march to what the police estimated to be around 2500 people by the time the crowd gathered back at the Federal Building for a rally and speeches. Speakers included Madga Miller from the International Action Center, Jim Lafferty from the National Lawyers Guild, Steve Martin, councilman from West Hollywood, and long time peace and justice activists Teresa and Blase Bonpane among others, who spoke of uniting to promote aleternatives to war.

Jim Lafferty celebrated the fact that during the anti-war movement in the 60’s it took years to get the kind of response generated now in less than two weeks, and reminded the crowd that the people marching in the streets was exactly the thing that ended the Vietnam war.

The rally served the duo purpose of allowing the thousands of people driving by see that there are many who don’t feel compelled to go along with the sheep-like frenzy of American flag waving and war mongering that has gripped the nation. People driving by honked their horns and displayed the peace sign in solidarity. Many stopped and joined the protestors, saying they were relieved and excited to discover that they were not the only ones with a different opinion, some saying they feel like martians in their offices and amongst their friends, but know in their hearts they can’t agree with the constant drumbeat of war surrounding them.

While the police in attendance as guards were polite, saying they were there to protect the gathering from potential attacks from dissenters, there were reports of parking lots not allowing people claiming to be demonstrators to park in their structures, and of closed freeway exits; blocking people’s approach to the Federal building. It is not known how many were prevented from participating in the event, and of course many speculated about the government’s role in this.

“It’s a great day for the movement,” said one veteran of the 60’s, and yes; the day ended with great feelings of hope and enthusiasm for the coming days as more people are expected to join in solidarity for peace. Demonstrations are scheduled for every Saturday at noon at the Federal building in Westwood.
Report this post as:

© 2000-2018 Los Angeles Independent Media Center. Unless otherwise stated by the author, all content is free for non-commercial reuse, reprint, and rebroadcast, on the net and elsewhere. Opinions are those of the contributors and are not necessarily endorsed by the Los Angeles Independent Media Center. Running sf-active v0.9.4 Disclaimer | Privacy