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Over 1,000 Protesters, nothing accomplished
by Tofu Sunday, Mar. 19, 2006 at 2:25 AM

The end count of the March, 18 protest against the war reached over 1,000, yet nothing has changed.

Liberals... liberals... a couple anarchists... and more liberals met up yesterday in front of the UNM bookstore yesterday, the third anniversary of the invasin of Iraq, to protest Bush's complete lack of respect for Iraqi families, US soldiers and their families, and the American public. Actually, just think of something that's of relative importance and you could easily find a way that Bush has fucked it up.

Over one thousand people rallied and marched in the street (including over 100 cyclists) holding disposable signs (from recycled paper and soy ink-markers if their white-skin privilege can afford that kind of decision) and even more forgettable chants.

All I can ask after experiencing this is, "why the hell did we do this?" Perhaps it will make the democrats' momentum, calling for the impeachment of Bush, more sturdy. Perhaps we'll elect a democrat in two years. Now, I ask you this: What will change?

Some people say Kerry was the answer. How so? He would have kept the military in Iraq, given he had NO exit strategy. Even if he had pulled the military, what would be done for the Iraqi people?

How would it help us? Perhaps Kerry would re-adjust taxes so the poor don't know they're getting screwed over and the rich just send their money to Swiss bank accounts. Perhaps Kerry would make food and shelter more affordable, yet you still have to pay for the basic rights as humans.

A privilege is: "such an advantage, immunity, or right held as a prerogative of status or rank, and exercised to the exclusion or detriment of others." The things that people need to most are just another privilege in America. People are starving, yet you have to pay for food. People are freezing in the cold rain, yet you have to pay for shelter. Doors are locked in restaraunts of Albuquerque so the homeless have to shit out back, by the dumpsters. Why? Because they don't have any money; they don't have the privilege of those middle class liberals out there yelling, "money for jobs, not for war." Half of the people going hungry in New Mexico have jobs. Half of the adults in New Mexico who have shelter (and jobs) need to make the decision every month between Food or Gas. "Either starve to death or freeze to death," says the government.

What would the democrats or the impeachment of Bush solve? Nothing. "If voting changed anything, it would be illegal." If democrats changed anything, they would be arrested, beaten and murdered in the streets like the anarchists in Seattle, Miami, Genoa, Prague, Seoul, Argentina, Kwangju, Athens, or, like a few years ago, Albuquerque.

The interesting thing is, those are the places where change happened. Seattle and Miami brought police brutality to the spot light and stopped the WTO from happening at the same time. Genoa saw the murder of activist, Carlo Giuliani and the blood literally pouring down the streets from police beating activists in their homes. The World Bank/IMF was met in Prague by thousands of anarchists there to shut it down. In Seoul, there is a riot every couple of months in retalliation to a tyrannical government (not so different from ours). Workers commit suicide in front of riot cops rather than go on with no rights. Argentina, the poster child of the IMF took to the streets and threw three different governments out until they could finally experience and practice their Autonomy and peace. In Kwangju, students took up arms and threw out the government and police. They lived collectively, based on consensus and respect until much later, the government raided and murdered all activists. In Athens, molotov coctails were thrown at riot cops when they tried to stop them from protesting the European Union. What did Albuquerque do when the cops tried to stop them from protesting? They took to the ALCU to sue the police force: a chance to get a bit of money and sound smart and victimized at the same time.

Bravo, Albuquerque. You've successfully done nothing of any substance. Yes, there were children in the march. Yes, there were old people in the march. Yes, it sucks seeing people getting hurt. Well, in Palestine (a country the liberals claim to support), the children are so angry with what's going on, they're throwing rocks at tanks. In Argentina, piquetes, made up of unemployed workers, many of whom are well over fifty years old, stopped traffic to shut down the mecca of capitalist Buenos Aires. Don't ever think nothing can be done because of age, gender, "disability," race, religion or anything else and don't ever claim to support something you're not willing to get a little banged up over; I guarantee you it's nothing compared to the suffering of the Iraqi people. I guarantee you it's nothing compared to the murders in Palestine.

If you feel against something, ACT against something.

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