A.N.S.W.E.R.* LA is organizing another “stop the war” protest on Saturday and all the details are posted on the AnswerLA.org website. This time around, there’s going to be a march and a rally, where protesters will stage “a mass symbolic ‘Die-In’ to illustrate visually the impact of the war on Iraqis and U.S. soldiers.”
In honor of Saturday’s event, I submit my list of top five protests that changed the world as we know it today:
Protests, according to A.N.S.W.E.R.’s website, are meant to “galvanize people into playing an active role in the movement to stop the war”. In four out of five of the examples given above, that meant being willing to sacrifice something – maybe your home, your rights, or your life – to fight for what you believe in, and even MLK took a bullet for it in the end.
And mock the French as we may, at least they don’t let their cops beat up on civilians.
I guess I’m just disappointed that this week in Los Angeles the word “protest” means a mob of passive, opinionated taxpaying individuals with day jobs and rents and mortgages and gas-powered cars waiting for them at home would rather lie down on their backs than instigate some real action.
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