Anti-War March/Rally in Los Angeles

September 25, 2005

Yesterday, on Saturday, September 24, 2005 at 10:30 am, I drove to mom’s house and parked my car. She had a hot pot of coffee brewing and gave me another scarf, which she knitted, and happened to match my outfit. How do moms always know what makes you happy?

We then walked a block to the bus stop and took it downtown. Upon arriving there at 12:30pm, we congregated just at the beginning of the march, where it was roped off.

No More Wars Based on Lies

No More Wars Based on Lies

Some reporter noticed our signs and asked mom if she had been to Camp Casey. She had been, but only for a day. He asked her several other questions on camera and then I blurted out that myself and my children will be paying the debts the (dumb-ass) president are racking up right now. He turned the camera on me and asked me to repeat that, so I did. He then asked us if he could use this footage for media use and we both had to confirm our OK on camera, quoting our full names in the process. Our signs, which mom designed, ended up on KTLA evening news!

We ended up at the front of the march and, later, at the front of the rally, near the stage. Along the route, a newspaper reporter took about two dozen photos of mom and I, right smack in our faces, too. It was hard not to trip over him. He asked our names, ages and what city we came from. No idea what paper he was from! Oh well..

The march ended at a stage where people such as Stephanie Miller (Air America Radio morning talk show host), Martin Sheen (actor), Vickie Castro (Gold Star mother who lost her only son in Iraq) and Ron Kovic (author of Born on the Fourth of July and Vietnam Vet) spoke. We stayed for all the speeches, then headed home around 4:00pm.

Apparently, about 50,000 people were there.

Okay, so… I didn’t want to bring this up, but I’m still fuming about it, so I will. A friend asked me today why I do this “hippy stuff”. Here’s my answer: I do it hoping that this makes some small difference in the history of our messed-up species. I do it hoping that I broaden my mind and hopefully someone else’s along the way. I do it because I feel the need to DO SOMETHING about what I think is wrong and not just sit on my ass complaining about it. That’s partly why I do this “hippy stuff”.

Anyway, I took a ton of photos and will upload them when I get Gallery2 up. For now, here is one I found on the internet:

Anti-War March/Rally in Los Angeles

Anti-War March/Rally in Los Angeles

Click for full size. The arrows point to mom and I, just in front of the stage.

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etherealfire September 28, 2005 at 3:01 pm

Wow! Great photo. Good for you for being there. I should have been there too. :-( You are so right; we need to do whatever small thing we can to make our voices heard and make a difference. I’m glad that it was a big group. I don’t have much of an excuse, except that I’ve been really feeling down lately. But that is probably just exactly why I should have been there. Well, in any case, I’m proud of people like you and your mom for taking the time and making the effort to be a part of it!

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Everyman September 29, 2005 at 9:58 pm

“I do it hoping that this makes some small difference in the history of our messed-up species. I do it hoping that I broaden my mind and hopefully someone else’s along the way. I do it because I feel the need to DO SOMETHING about what I think is wrong and not just sit on my ass complaining about it. That’s partly why I do this “hippy stuff”.”

Here’s a clue for you…you’re part of what makes us a “messed-up species.” Glad you enjoyed your “hippy” sideshow. You can thank the soldiers who are risking their lives at this very moment to ensure that you and your children can protest their actions. While you and your mom are busy getting your scarfs ready, men and women are dying to make sure that you both can run around telling the world how much you hate America. Don’t you love this country?

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Binary Blonde September 28, 2005 at 4:51 pm

I actually tried emailing you at two different email addresses about it to invite you along with us, because I knew you lived down here and you are up to doing “hippy stuff” like that. One email addy was too full and bounced back, and the other wasn’t available or something. Now I realise I should have just commented on your blog – duh!

Next time. :-)

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etherealfire October 3, 2005 at 1:58 pm

BB don’t give Everyman a second thought. I don’t understand the limited thinking that people like him have but I do think that fear has alot to do with it. We can pity them but we can’t let their ignorance and fear derail us from speaking the truth and protecting our country from those who want to take away democratic ideals and move us toward a fascist state. I’m proud of you for having the courage and decency to speak out against a war that never should have been started and for supporting our troops in the best way possible; by actively working to bring them home as soon as possible so we don’t have to lose anymore of our brave young men and women, our very future.

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Binary Blonde September 29, 2005 at 11:43 pm

I’m not sure what you have against scarfs, or me personally, and frankly I don’t give a rats ass, but you sure know how to vomit hateful words quite well.

In case you didn’t read it (or maybe you can’t read very well), the signs my mother created say “No More Wars Based on Lies”. I am not against wars (and neither is she), or the brave troops who fight in them for our freedoms. What I am against are wars with NO basis on facts and NO exit strategies for our troops. I worry about our troops every.. single.. day and feel the people/person responsible for sending them to Iraq under false pretenses should be prosecuted like every other person who commits a crime.

And, yes, I do love this country. I feel NO ONE should have to fight for it unless there is a GOOD reason. President Bush DID NOT have a good reason to send our brave men and women to their deaths.

Also, please do not comment on my blog with hateful garbage anymore. You, and people like you, only know how to spew hate and negativity. Please keep it to yourself or take it elsewhere, I don’t want it, nor do I need it.

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