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Saturday, September 24, 2005

protest: cindy and rita

I was glad to read the news that Rita has proved, so far, less deadly than feared, though still an utterly serious disaster. It is a tremendous relief after Katrina's devastation.

Having spent all day marching in the streets of San Francisco, where I joined up briefly with the Booman Tribune contingent...I have to say the march in San Francisco was about the people who came more than anything else. Their creativity, their opposition to the war, their resoluteness and indomitablility in just being themselves, and, as Chris Bowers pointed out, their support for Cindy Sheehan.

For myself, I was quite happy to spend the day with my East Bay cadre, ages 3 through 63...and this, reading a note in the NYT, rang a bell....

"In San Francisco, as protesters marched toward downtown, David Miles, 49, pumped up the volume on his iPod, attached to a 12-volt battery and large speakers on wheels. "War," the Vietnam-era protest song by Edwin Starr, suddenly filled the air.

The lyrics, "War, what is it good for?" blared from the speakers, and protesters joined in, shouting back: "Absolutely nothing."

We strolled right behind Mr. Miles all afternoon, that is, until he zoomed off on roller skates down Market Street.


  • Ooh Kid... That gave me shivers. What an absolutely cool thing for that guy to do. It's great to see so many people getting out and saying, no more!

    By Blogger olivia, at 8:36 AM  

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