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Westwood Parade

by 1Planet1People Saturday, Jan. 22, 2005 at 11:05 PM

The Westwood Pep Rally, followed by the ANSWER Anti-inaugural Parade went almost exactly as intended.

Westwood Parade...
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The Westwood Pep Rally, followed by the ANSWER Anti-inaugural Parade went almost exactly as intended. There were about three thousand people in Westwood, mostly from UCLA, who participated in an anti-bush parade. There were a few protestors there, but the ANSWER coalition, supported by the police officers, that I suspect ANSWER paid to do security at the event, were able to marginalize them before they had any real effect on Bush’s war machine. The people watching the parade were few in numbers, probably due to the area that the police/ANSWER team chose, and the police’s success at keeping pedestrians away. Nonetheless, there were a few conservatives that did attend, drinking their cappuccinos from the windows of the several Star Bucks along the parade route. Below are pictures from the night’s festivities.

Though my critique of the leadership of the last four years of the anti-bush movement is not yet complete, I will say this. I have no doubts that groups like the ANSWER coalition has created a system of protesting that marginalizes the movement and keeps political dissent in the background. It is one thing for ANSWER to say that they cannot and will not condone an action, but when ANSWER openly criticizes direct action, they reduce the effectiveness of the entire movement, and marginalizes everyone; they become agents of the repression that many of us stand against. It is through a diversity of tactics that gives strength to a movement. This city, these streets, this government, it is ours. We cannot expect our government to change itself, and we did not come out on the streets to go to a parade. This is our democracy, and we need to take it back. When I criticize the march, as I did above, I fully understand that ANSWER has its purpose. It is a place that parents can bring their children to. It is a place for college buddies that are more worried about a misdemeanor on their record than the Palestinian kids that are being shot with our bullets can come and voice their opinions. But this really is our country, and these types of gatherings by themselves are not going to change a thing.

Just ask yourself, why did Ukraine get a new election? Was it because they listened to the police and the government? Something tells me that if the people that stole their election to disperse because a permit expired, they would still be there.

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The Organizers

by 1Planet1People Saturday, Jan. 22, 2005 at 11:05 PM

The Organizers...
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A Banner Drop coming into LA

by 1Planet1People Saturday, Jan. 22, 2005 at 11:05 PM

A Banner Drop coming...
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True, but with no one to hear....

by 1Planet1People Saturday, Jan. 22, 2005 at 11:05 PM

True, but with no on...
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Dawn of the.....

by 1Planet1People Saturday, Jan. 22, 2005 at 11:05 PM

Dawn of the........
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Are they really free? For the record, this couple had a lot of great energy.

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Impeachment...

by 1Planet1People Saturday, Jan. 22, 2005 at 11:05 PM

Impeachment......
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They still think that we can work within the system.

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A Protestor

by 1Planet1People Saturday, Jan. 22, 2005 at 11:05 PM

A Protestor...
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There were a few who demanded to be heard, just a few...

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A Good Message

by 1Planet1People Saturday, Jan. 22, 2005 at 11:05 PM

A Good Message...
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Police ask people to move

by 1Planet1People Saturday, Jan. 22, 2005 at 11:05 PM

Police ask people to...
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When ANSWER saw people trying to commit direct action, they first told everyone that they were not allowed to protest, and when that didn't work, they asked the police to help.

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A Revolutionary

by 1Planet1People Saturday, Jan. 22, 2005 at 11:05 PM

A Revolutionary...
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The Few, The Brave, The Revolutionaries...

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ANSWER

by 1Planet1People Saturday, Jan. 22, 2005 at 11:05 PM

ANSWER...
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Follow the Rules, Turn Right, Heads Up, Important People In Front, Follow the Truck.

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The Spectators

by 1Planet1People Saturday, Jan. 22, 2005 at 11:05 PM

The Spectators...
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Here are "the people" that we were speaking too. Do you see the urgency in their eyes? I wander if they called their senators to say things have to change.

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Sign In The Tree

by 1Planet1People Saturday, Jan. 22, 2005 at 11:05 PM

Sign In The Tree...
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Someone is pushing the envelope.

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Go Left

by 1Planet1People Saturday, Jan. 22, 2005 at 11:05 PM

Go Left...
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The Police were nice enough to tell us where ANSWER agreed to marginalize us.

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The End of The March

by 1Planet1People Saturday, Jan. 22, 2005 at 11:05 PM

The End of The March...
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ANSWER makes sure that everone stays together and does what they are told. If you cross the line, they get the cops to get you. I sometimes wander if this method was established by the FBI or the Shin Beth?

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More of the Same

by 1Planet1People Saturday, Jan. 22, 2005 at 11:05 PM

More of the Same...
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ANSWER Man

by 1Planet1People Saturday, Jan. 22, 2005 at 11:05 PM

ANSWER Man...
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Telling us to leave the area or we will be arrested and telling us to do what we are told, and on and on.....

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Defeated?

by 1Planet1People Saturday, Jan. 22, 2005 at 11:05 PM

Defeated?...
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And a revolutionary seems defeated by the well-oiled ANSWER/LA Police Coalition.

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