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critique of 3/19

by activism Sunday, Mar. 20, 2005 at 4:25 PM

The March took too long to start, and that may have driven some people away. (esp. when RAINING!!!!)

I liked the energy of today's rally, and the diversity of people and political stances. I and the older people with me also appreciated the "Buffalo Springfield" cover. Only one thing, we had to leave before the march even started, because we had parked at Union Station for the maximum of three hours, and our time was running out. It was already two hours, and we hadn't even started walking! So we left. We really did want to march, but it just seemed like it would never start, and we didn't want to risk getting towed.

Somebody suggested to me that maybe the speeches were front-loaded this time because people have a habit of drifting away after the march arrives at its destination, so that many people don't hear the speeches. Uh, yeah, that's right. Maybe the solution is fewer speeches, not delaying the march. I personally don't agree with that type of planning decision, because you have to consider that people don't want to stand still in the !@#$%& RAIN for OVER AN HOUR. Also, older people may find it easier to walk than to stand in one place for a long time. When it's dripping rain, and people are chanting in the crowd, "Start the March!" -- START THE DAMN MARCH ALREADY.

I hope my criticism is taken as constructive, not as destructive. I know it's hard to plan and carry out these things, but constant feedback, evaluation and self-criticism are an essential part of the planning process.

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Critique Patrick Henry Sunday, Mar. 20, 2005 at 9:01 PM
Marching Better Than Rallying? OhRally Monday, Mar. 21, 2005 at 4:45 PM
Talk-action=0 No more Speeches Monday, Mar. 21, 2005 at 6:56 PM
20,000... who they kidding? disappointed Monday, Mar. 21, 2005 at 9:36 PM
Sobering thought BlackCladSkatePunk Tuesday, Mar. 22, 2005 at 6:44 AM
skatepunk is right: xispa Tuesday, Mar. 22, 2005 at 10:18 AM
You got to be kidding me The Youth Tuesday, Mar. 22, 2005 at 3:09 PM
come on dirp Tuesday, Mar. 22, 2005 at 7:26 PM
Oh for real The Youth Tuesday, Mar. 22, 2005 at 9:54 PM
Had to throw the spell check The Youth Tuesday, Mar. 22, 2005 at 9:57 PM
dude, dirp, THE PLANET Tuesday, Mar. 22, 2005 at 11:14 PM
So who makes up ANSWER? The Youth Tuesday, Mar. 22, 2005 at 11:56 PM
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I Hear You A Youth Wednesday, Mar. 23, 2005 at 12:08 AM
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