The Anti-Inauguration: Stand Up and Be Counted
On January 20th, 2005, George Bush will be Inaugurated as the President of the United States, again.
It will be a day of triumph and joy for conservatives all over America. They will celebrate their chosen puppet and shout his victory from the rooftops. They will drink champagne (but not from France) and watch NASCAR and feel righteous.
We will be there too.
There are a number of organizations putting together an anti-inaugural protest in Washington D.C. on January 20th. The group Turn Your Back on Bush will join the celebrants on the parade route, will not distinguish themselves in any way, and when Bush comes down the street, they will simultaneously turn their backs on the Dictator of the United States. They will not be bringing signs, or wearing buttons, or any other kinds of markers that might hinder their ability to get access to the parade route. For more information from this organization, go to http://www.turnyourbackonbush.org.
By taking part in the Turn Your Back protest, progressives will show that we cannot be beat down, and we cannot be weeded out of the national discourse. We will show that no matter how hard the Bush Administration, et al, tries to repress us, we will always have our voices heard.
The D.C. Anti-War Network (DAWN) will be holding a rally at Malcolm X Park at 9 a.m. on J20, then marching toward the White House just after 11 a.m. After the march, protesters will have a variety of anti-inauguration options. For details, including housing and ride information, go to http://www.counter-inaugural.org. The group CODEPINK Women for Peace (http://codepinkalert.org/National_Actions_J20.shtml) will be joining DAWN in their march toward the White House and are also urging protesters to join in the Turn Your Back event.
Many of these groups are also posting calls to action from local protest organizers. If you are interested in attending such an event and live in the Southeastern Massachusetts or Rhode Island areas, feel free to contact me, and I can provide information about the protest being held by Citizens for an Informed Community in Bridgewater, Massachusetts.
If you feel you must take a stand against the Bush Regime, another option is to take part in the White Ribbon Campaign on January 20th. On Inauguration Day, a white ribbon will be a symbol of mourning for democracy, freedom, and all casualties of Iraq--including Iraqi civilians and American soldiers. If you can't get to D.C. or to a local event, simply pin a white ribbon to your shirt, or wear one on your wrist, to show your support.
Also, the Progressive Democratic Summit will be held January 22-23 in Washington D.C. For details, contact email@example.com.
Don't let the conservative spin machine weaken your resolve. Now is the time to fight--we have nothing to lose. Progressive ideas are not radical, but we must take radical measures to make the world hear them. The mainstream media has blocked us out--on January 20th, we will force them to see us, and to show us on television. We will show this "President" how we feel. We will show the world that we don't sanction pre-emptive war, prisoner abuse/torture, corporate welfare, the privatization of Social Security, and the rest of the dangerous Bush policies. We will force the Democratic leadership to realize that the base is on the left, we don't want centrism, and they will lose us if they continue on the present course.
The votes of American citizens were not counted on November 2nd. Their voices have not been heard since. On January 20th, we will stand up and be counted.
Katherine Brengle is a 23 year old college student and writer from Southeastern Massachusetts. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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