A.N.S.W.E.R. To March in DC

From ANSWER's mainpage:

We are organizing a Mass March on the Pentagon on Saturday, March 21, and it is important that you and your family, friends, co-workers and fellow students put on your marching shoes that day. People are coming from all over the country. Simultaneous demonstrations are taking place in San Francisco and Los Angeles. [...] Why are we still marching even after the war criminal George W. Bush has left office? Because the people must speak out for what is right. More than 1 million Iraqis have died and tens of thousands of U.S. troops have been wounded or killed.

I am glad to hear that the optimism of the new administration hasn't made us forget that there is still work to be done.

I am far more confident now, however, that the new administration will look more favorably upon the requests of the populace than the Bush administration.

There is also a rumor - my dear Anarchist and Socialist and anti-capitalist friends, that there will be an anti-capitalist theme within the group(s). So for those of you who oppose the greedy corporations handouts going towards bonuses etc...this would be an excellent time to begin making your voices heard.

There is also a petition, from MoveOn.org to make the salary caps and restrictions retroactive.

From the page:
Wall Street banks distributed $18.4 billion in year-end bonuses in 2008. $18.4 billion to the people who crippled our economy with their recklessness and greed and then took $700 billion of our money.

President Obama took an important first step, limiting pay at companies taking bailouts going forward. But Congress is considering going even further.

Congress can apply the limits retroactively, and might even take back some of the most extravagant bonuses at firms that take taxpayer money. A huge public outcry will put them over the edge.

A compiled petition with your individual comment will be presented to your senators and representative.

Please sign up, and drop a note if you would like more information about the march, or might need transportation.


Monkey Wrench said...

I'll do what I can to be there, stones and rage included.


The Acolyte Tao said...

Very interesting, I wonder how this will turn out. I don't know if I agree with everything 100%, but that's a beautiful thing everyone has their own opinions and even more beautiful if your able to comprehend the other person's point of view.
But good luck with your march and I hope it turns out exactly how you imagine it to impact.

Anok said...

Wrench, how great it would be to stand together in DC. Solid!

Acolyte - thanks, I think it is great that we can stand together even when we don't' always agree..maybe the politicians could take a note from us, eh?

but this one isn't my protest, I'm just piggybacking on this one ;)

Jesse said...

Anok, I've been thinking about coming out for DC with a likeminded friend of mine, and our bags would be packed full of some of the finest black garments the thrift store's spring line has to offer. Is there any housing boards or anything for out-of-town folks? I was thinking about perhaps getting on my couch surfing network or tapping a journo friend, but I think I'd prefer to stay with some activists.

Anok said...

Jesse, if you decide to make the trip, you are more than welcome to camp on my couch. We're trying right now to find a proper ride, babysitter etc... but even we couldn't go (or, more accurately, me, as my husband could go) you'd have access to transportation, buses, trains, etc..

Monkey Wrench said...

Solidarity indeed, Anok. This could shape up to be very interesting. We'll see where it leads.


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