Archive for February, 2007

Campus Antiwar Network Marches in DC

Friday, February 2nd, 2007


At YouTube

The Campus Antiwar Network brought hundreds of students into the Unified Youth and Student Contingent on January 27th in DC. The new SDS, World Can’t Wait and other groups joined in one of the largest contingents in the march, and clearly the largest student bloc.

This 8 minute video shows the march to the rally point on the Mall; the spirited rally with chanting and talks by students; and the contingent marching on Constitution Avenue toward the Capitol.

Download (right click) a higher quality version – mp4 file of 47 mb.

It was a day of affirmation for the student movement, and a signal that the movement is strong and gaining momentum.

CAN was conceived in October, 2002 and formed via joint sister conferences – in DC and San Francisco – on January 17, 2003. It has been the largest and most active student coalition since the start of the war against Iraq. CAN was founded by students, and it is run entirely by students. It is democratic, grassroots, independent and owns its own website, which it maintains itself. Its operations are overseen by a national coordinating committee which is elected by delegates at its national conferences.

Archives of CAN’s history is available at
http://www.traprockpeace.org/campus_antiwar.html

For current activities and contact information, see its website at
http://www.campusantiwar.net

Video of DC Peace March – January 27, 2007

Friday, February 2nd, 2007

This video joins 10 clips together to give a sense of this historic event, on January 27, 2007, which brought about 500,000 people to DC to march on the Capitol.

The video starts with a short clip of the intended ‘head’ of the march, with celebrities and politicians. A large swarm of photographers and videographers were jostling for position in front of the formation, which was behind a yellow taped in area. When the formation started to move, it took baby steps with the photographers walking backwards, clicking away. Hundreds had now gathered in the street – in front of the ‘head’ – ignoring pleas from march marshals to get up on the curb and “fall in behind” the celebrity formation. On the other side of these hundreds, the police escort then started up their engines, and these hundreds became the actual head of the march, with the celebrities coming up behind with their big banner.

The clip captures several energetic large contingents – the Service Employees International Union, the Campus Antiwar Network, and the International Socialist Organization. There are also people of all sorts marching, along with stilt walkers, puppets, etc.

This is only a taste of the march. It was huge.

To download a high quality version of this video (mp4 file – 21 mb), right click the following link and save to disk:
http://www.traprockpeace.org/jan_27_2007_march.mp4

For more on my take of the day’s events, see
http://www.traprockpeace.org/traprock_blog/index.php/2007/02/02/marchers-send-message-and-deserve-better/

See over 200 photos of the march at
http://www.traprockpeace.org/antiwar_march_012707/

And see coverage of a great after the march event – the End the War Now! program at Busboys and Poets. See videos, and download the audio, of the amazing hip hop artist Son of Nun; and speakers Kelly Dougherty, co-founder of Iraq Veterans Against the War; and Anthony Arnove, author of Iraq: the Logic of Withdrawal.
http://www.traprockpeace.org/arnove_dougherty_012707.html

End the Occupation Packs House at Busboys

Thursday, February 1st, 2007

On January 27, 2007, 500,000 marched against war and occupation in Washington, DC. After this mass demonstration against the war, Kelly Dougherty, co-founder and Executive Director of Iraq Veterans Against War, and Anthony Arnove, author of Iraq: the Logic of Withdrawal, spoke at the Bus Boys and Poets cafe. Their talks followed an incredible performance of songs by activist/hip hop artist Son of Nun.


Son of Nun performs “Speak on It”


Kelley Dougherty, Iraq Veterans Against the War


Anthony Arnove, author of Iraq: the Logic of Withdrawal

In a moving, personal message that give a glimpse of the everyday tragedy of this war Dougherty recounted her experiences as a US national guard MP in Iraq. She gave witness to the miseries endured by the Iraqi people, and the relentless pursuit of profits in Iraq by companies such as KBR.

Arnove spelled out the disastrous consequences of this war, for the Iraqi people and the US, and made the case for immediate withdrawal of occupation forces, with reparations. (The video of his presentation is also on Google at
http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=2841284427199107681

Son of Nun, the activist hip hop artist from Baltimore, performed 3 stirring pieces. Watch for video of his song about Katrina!

Andy Shallal, owner of Busboys and Poets, and Pamela Pinnock, Events Manager, introduced the program and served as hosts to an overflow audience, with people sitting on the stage. Michele Bollinger of the International Socialist Organization, which organized the event, served as moderator.

Learn more about the International Socialist Organization at http://www.internationalsocialist.?org and read news on the world and the movement at http://www.socialistworker.org

Learn more about Iraq Veterans Against the War at http://www.ivaw.org

See Son of Nun’s website at http://www.sonofnun.net/

Learn more about Busboys and Poets at http://www.busboysandpoets.com

The video was produced by Traprock Peace Center; Sunny Miller and Charles Jenks filmed and recorded the event. Find comlete coverage of this program and the days peace march at http://www.traprockpeace.org

Thanks to YouTube and Google for hosting the video!