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3/24 Westwood Protest for Colombia

by A.R.G. Wednesday, Mar. 26, 2003 at 6:12 AM

March to protest U.S. military aid to Colombia/oil wars.

3/24 Westwood Protes...
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This was a great event. The artwork and puppets were inspiring.

As we marched to Occidental Petroleum, a group of men in an unmarked black car followed us. One man in the backseat was videotaping protesters. It was a bit eerie. At Oxy, there was another guy taping protesters.

A woman from "All Things Considered" was reporting on the march and interviewing people. She said the story 'might' air this afternoon. I took that to mean, it might air tomorrow, 3/25.

(The reporter interviewed me, and I cited a story about how U.S. teams are taking off from Occidental Petroleum in Colombia. I told her I got the information from the BBC or Guardian website. Oops. It was the LA Times.

"Videotape Shows Americans' Role in Village Bombing."

Two U.S. men flying a surveillance plane helped direct an attack on guerrillas in a 1998 Colombian incident that killed 18 civilians.

The Los Angeles Times; Mar 16, 2003; T. Christian Miller.)

After the march, I returned to the Westwood Federal Building and ran into two guys protesting against the war on Iraq. They asked me about the Colombia protest, and I replied that the U.S. is providing military aid and training to Colombia's military and protecting Oxy's oil interests.

I think it's important that we widen the debate about oil wars to include Colombia and Venezuela (and other regions), and question supply-side drug wars. The U.S. throws military solutions at world problems like many doctors push pharmaceuticals. What about non-invasive prevention? Solutions that respect human life?

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For more information on Colombia, you might try searching these websites:

NACLA: Report on the Americas

http://www.nacla.org/

Z Magazine's Colombia Watch Site

http://www.zmag.org/CrisesCurEvts/Colombia/colombiatop.htm

Global Exchange

http://globalexchange.org/colombia/

National Mobilization on Colombia

http://www.colombiamobilization.org/

http://www.OfficeOfTheAmericas.org/

Peace Brigades International Colombia Project

http://www.peacebrigades.org/colombia.html

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Bush Puppet

by A.R.G. Wednesday, Mar. 26, 2003 at 6:12 AM

Bush Puppet...
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Black Hawk helicopter

by A.R.G. Wednesday, Mar. 26, 2003 at 6:12 AM

Black Hawk helicopte...
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Before the show

by A.R.G. Wednesday, Mar. 26, 2003 at 6:12 AM

Before the show...
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Speaker tells story

by A.R.G. Wednesday, Mar. 26, 2003 at 6:12 AM

Speaker tells story...
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Music

by A.R.G. Wednesday, Mar. 26, 2003 at 6:12 AM

Music...
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Street Theater

by A.R.G. Wednesday, Mar. 26, 2003 at 6:12 AM

Street Theater...
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Defending the pipeline

by A.R.G. Wednesday, Mar. 26, 2003 at 6:12 AM

Defending the pipeli...
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Public Relations

by A.R.G. Wednesday, Mar. 26, 2003 at 6:12 AM

Public Relations...
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Start at Wilshire & Veteran

by A.R.G. Wednesday, Mar. 26, 2003 at 6:12 AM

Start at Wilshire & ...
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Street Theater...on the street

by A.R.G. Wednesday, Mar. 26, 2003 at 6:12 AM

Street Theater...on ...
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Another stilt puppet

by A.R.G. Wednesday, Mar. 26, 2003 at 6:12 AM

Another stilt puppet...
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We march down Wilshire

by A.R.G. Wednesday, Mar. 26, 2003 at 6:12 AM

We march down Wilshi...
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Unmarked Black Car

by A.R.G. Wednesday, Mar. 26, 2003 at 6:12 AM

Unmarked Black Car...
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We're videotaped, but the camera operator is shy!

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License Plate of unmarked car

by A.R.G. Wednesday, Mar. 26, 2003 at 6:12 AM

License Plate of unm...
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Who's this guy?

by A.R.G. Wednesday, Mar. 26, 2003 at 6:12 AM

Who's this guy?...
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This man was taping protesters on Wilshire outside of the Oxy building.

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