Sunday, May 10, 2009

Mother's Day Vigil - Day One


A few pictures from Saturday. And don't forget PINK Talk today at 5pm. Happy Mother's Day!

ntodd

[Update: PINK Talk is now archived and there are a few more photos of today's action at my blog.]

15 comments:

clightllc said...

Many giant of thinkers have gone down trying to stop "war", arms race & so on.
But looking back, each has been a miserable failure. Not only that traditional war-mongers have thrived, this disease has spread across nations; worst, something the giants did not recognize has materialized: and this is my original observation. That is ALL LIVING HUMAN BEING is a contributor to war-mongership! While previously, it used to be the king, the ministers, the pope, the religions, the parliament so on........according to my observation, IN SPITE OF WHAT CODEPINK OR ANY OTHER SO CALLED PEACENIK claims, there is inside of each, warmongerism alive! And it is spreading.
Here is an Eucleadian proof.
I will also present what you all have to do to prove me wrong. And that will end war. If you want it bad, tomorrow.
#1 Take the US of A: is this not a “democracy”?...yes? then who makes laws?
You or ”lawmakers”?
Is it not YOU?
At least this is the reason people claim to spread this “democracy” abroad!
If it is, then go make this law: which shall be a part of the Constitution
“ We the people hereby prohibit any person, any elected official, any subservient of any official to cross the national borders as known on this date of May 11, 2009, or send any agents of any nationality, any means of any kind across such borders, to wage War on any nation, or any entity for any reason whatsoever. This prohibition shall be valid unto perpetuity
“Such wars can only be considered taking place within its own borders only when there is demonstrated proof given to a wide body of responsible citizens that all attempts at preventing hostilities approaching its borders by others have failed. And there is no possibility of stopping such attacks within its borders.

“ It is also the intent of this Law that no weaponry of any kind can be sent out of its borders for any purposes whatsoever. This prohibition also shall apply to perpetuity.
“ There shall be at least three separate and distinct civil bodies that shall monitor adherence to this Law.
“ Any contravention to this Law and its bylaws and implications shall be considered Crime Against Citizenship and be punishable by the highest punishment of land after due process of the Law.”

#2 I know no one in this land who would accept such a law. Think about it: why is that so? If you wanted peace & abolish war, and there are millions and millions of you all out there why such an idea is repulsive to you? What does that tell you about psychology?

#3 Air, earth and fire…meaning everything in this land is about war, war-heroism and beating up somebody; why, it is the essence of the Old Testament. And people are proud of it. Schools are just less than nanometer deep…….everything is about war…the very structure of society, mind set, perception of hero, economy…crying for peace happens in vacuum.
#4 If you say “they do not do what people want”…then it is not a democracy and there is sufficient proof of this being so. In such a case, you have no business wishing to stop anything “officials” deem necessary to do for their own apparent “benefit”. QED

hillstaffer14 said...

Im so sick of seeing you guys on the Hill and following President Obama.

I attended the Correspondents Dinner this weekend and was sickened by the fact that you infiltrated what was supposed to be a fun and loving evening, to scream that Rumsfeld needed to be arrested for war crimes. Get a life and get a brain. did you really think that was going to happen?

All of you waste your time going to congressional hearings. Then you act like children and start screaming and interrupting the hearings. Then you get kicked out, and the cycle starts all over again.

What do you expect to gain from this? DO you really think that being rude and disrespectful is a good way to get Congress to listen to you?

The way you go about protesting has relegated Codepink into being a fringe group of crazy women out of touch with mainstream America. You do not speak for all of America, and most of America thinks that what you do is a waste of time.

Other then getting your faces on TV during Senate Hearings, what have you accomplished? NOTHING.

As someone who works on the Hill I think that its important you all know that you guys are not revered there the way you think you are, people find you annoying, petty, and useless. If your going to protest and fight for change, do it the right way..not the wrong way

ntodd said...

As someone who works on the Hill I think that its important you all know that you guys are not revered there the way you think you areOh yes, that's just what we think!

Regardless, I admire your courage in posting anonymously. Hope your dinner with the war criminal was a hoot!

Hillstaffer14 said...

Alright then tell me one SUBSTANTIVE thing that Codepink has accomplished other then getting there five minutes of fame every time there is a congressional hearing? No one pays attention to what they say anymore because of their attitude and the methods they employ.

And do you work on the Hill? Because if you did you would witness just like i do, people laughing and shaking their heads every time they see ladies in pink walking around.

And since you were so curious, I had a great time at the dinner and had an entertaining night with our President.

Its too bad that you and your friends were too busy wasting your time disrupting the thing, if you weren't so single and simple minded maybe you could have enjoyed it to.

But anyways, have fun wasting your time protesting in the streets, at least you'll continue to provide me my daily laughter.

-Hillstaffer14

ntodd said...

Alright then tell me one SUBSTANTIVE thing that Codepink has accomplished other then getting there five minutes of fame every time there is a congressional hearing?First, there's a problem with the formulation of your question. You posit it's about "fame," which it is not. These particular sorts of actions, which are only a small part of the overall tactics that Code Pink uses on a daily basis, serve to have dissent on record, make sure Congress knows we're watching, disrupts the status quo, and believe it or not, raise awareness.

That, combined with our more traditional forms of lobbying and outreach makes up a tapestry of action. You might not like it, but that's part of the point: it makes you uncomfortable.

So you admonished us to protest and fight for change "the right way"? That's interesting because I'd submit you could just as easily turn that back to you: don't revive the economy and protect our national interests the wrong way, do it the right way; don't bail out Wall Street and don't escalate in Afghanistan with monies that can fund healthcare.

Clearly just allowing the status quo to purr happily along doesn't work, so it's time for people to step up and use more of Gene Sharp's 198 Methods. All of them involve confrontation of established ideas and mechanisms, and conflict is oft fraught with discomfort. Such is life.

So what have we accomplished? Well, my Representative now votes the correct way every time on war funding, as do many others, and I have developed a good relationship with him and his office. Part of that is how I personally lobby, part of that is the fear of being Pinked (I see the relief on staffers faces when I note I won't be bringing my friends to meetings). So call it Good Cop/Bad Cop.

Such struggles are part of an ongoing process, take time, and many times end without achieving our goals--so we try again. As Gandhi noted, success is a series of glorious failures.

Consider that as you criticize how people dissent in a country founded on resistance and free expression. And turn that critical eye on yourself: what have you achieved doing things "the right way"? Do we have single-payer yet? Are we not wasting billions of dollars a day killing people overseas? Is our economy still circling the drain?

I've spent a lot of time studying how sausage is made on the Hill. You might consider spending a little time trying to understand how nonviolent action works, and rather than being pissed by how the message is delivered, examine just why you feel uncomfortable about the tactics and think more about the message contained therein.

Perhaps you have your job to do, and we have ours, and through the crucible of our confrontations, real change will happen.

ntodd said...

You can start to learn about 198 Methods of Nonviolent Action, originally cataloged by Gene Sharp.

SJK said...

Happy Mothers Day

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