Watching clips of the Answer Anti-War Rally, all I see are things that I want nothing to do with. I am a staunch supporter of Israel, and its fundamental right to exist. I bet you that the majority of Americans who are against the war are too. Yet I watch this rally and see people basically supporting the Hamas, etc., and the suicide killings of innocent Israelis in cafes, on buses, etc.
this was by Koshead NewDem NewDem almost gets it... he see's the tribe of utter nuttery that is the core of the anti-war movement globally but it hasn't caused him to think.
another Koshead even spelled it all out.
Don't have a hippy drum circle:
There are few things more annoying and irrelevant than a bunch of dreadlocked Boulderites banging on drums while dancing around with erect nipples under their hemp shirts.
Don't have a gothic pagan chorus on the stage talking about mermaids:
This actually happened at the last November 3rd movement rally. It has nothing to do with the overall point of the protest. Rather it is just an opportunity for superficial hipsters to whine about "mother earth". They then leave to go get coffee and don't stay for the rally.
Don't talk about gay rights or other issues that have little to do with the Iraqi invasion:
Believe it our not, all of the protesters do not see eye to eye. Although Palestine and gay rights are very important issues (and yes, I do realize that there are parallels between imperialism with Palestine and Iraq) that does not mean we should have speakers that talk for 30 minutes on the subjects. It is sloppy and off message to the united coalition of organizations and individuals against the Iraq war to talk about different issues that they may not agree with. Stay with a poignant message and prosper.
Don't use the slogan "No Blood For Oil!":
Face it. The bromide is tired, used. Be creative.
Don't set up a fucking T-shirt stand selling Anti-Bush propaganda made in Hanes sweatshop factories:
Everytime I go to a rally I see some baby boomer liberal asshole shelling his shallow and petty white T-Shirt crap. Don't do it. To ad insult to injury, the shirts are usually from some sweatshop company like Hanes. When you try and talk to the vendor he gets all defensive and babbles something about an "honest" living. Yeah, right. For that matter, let's keep all aspects of consumerism out of the rally. Protests are about community empowerment and action, not buying stuff. Save it for conferences and book signings.
Don't march to the Halliburton building:
Guess what, most of the workers aren't there on Saturday. We've done it two times with little to show for it, enough is enough.
Don't talk for an hour and a half, leaving supporters standing:
Last time different speakers talked for a little over and hour and a half. The primary reason we showed up was not to hear people speak about things we are already aware of or don't care about. We wanted to march! By the time the speeches were over, a good chunk of the crowd had left, and no media was around.
Don't wear black bandanas or gas masks:
Want the police to target you? Wear a black bandana over your face. Wear a gas mask. I know, I know, it's the cool anarcho thing to do, but it's also very foolish. If you feel you might need them later (for whatever reasons...), put them in your bag where you'll have easy access to them.
If anyone watched CSPAN's coverage ( or watches it) I consider this a possible drinking game worthy list.
here I think is the best advice that was given
Do invite organizations with free food to attend:
There are few things better than being a haggard chain-smoking organizer, and having a free Food Not Bombs veggie burrito at the rally to fuel you up. Free food makes happy protesters.
Free food also attracts people with a love of free food.. its a hearts and minds thing.
The KOSHEADS are so close though... so close to the cusp of realizing a very key portion of the anti-war movement is anti-war because (drum roll please) they are anti-america, anti-buisness, anti-christian ( and some times anti-judaeo-christian), anti-Israel ( and if you get them in a good swing anti-jew)
If their were not so many of these nuts in the Anti-War movement I might argue that the pool numbers about them are legit.