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24-hr Vigil Against 2 Wars enters third day

The 24-hr Vigil Against 2 Wars enters its third day with candles, cookies, and coffee at Cooper and Pacific Ave. in downtown Santa Cruz. The vigil calls to stop the war in Iraq and to stop the war on the poor right here at home.
Homeless United for Friendship & Freedom
309 Cedar St. PMB 14 B -- Santa Cruz, Ca. 95060 -- (831)423-HUFF fax (831) 429-8529

Vigil Against Two Wars enters its Third Day

March 9, 2003

Santa Cruz, Ca. --- With tables festooned with posters, hot coffee and tea, cookies, and a peace scroll,
the collection of HUFF activists, local supporters of the peace movement, and homeless people have
maintained a 24-hour vigil against the war in Iraq and against the war against the poor at home since Friday at noon.

"With 355 billion in aid to the Pentagon and another 33 billion proposed to launch the attack against Iraq,
at a time when schools are closing, people don't have medical insurance, and with so many people homeless, the policies
of President George W. Bush are destructive of both Iraqi civilians and the folks at home," said HUFF activist Becky Johnson.

At the vigil, people are making anti-war statements with chalk on the sidewalk, holding up signs "Honk for Peace", jumping rope,
playing hopscotch, tossing frisbees, blowing bubbles, and bouncing superballs. Many of these activites were recently
outlawed by the Santa Cruz City Council in an attempt to crush anything other than shopping on Pacific Ave. The
demonstrators have already recieved 5 new citations for chalking the sidewalk.

Also at the vigil is a Peace Scroll where everyone is invited to write a message of peace on a continuous piece of paper.
Tenative plans for the scroll are to videotape the entire scroll when completed, then get 50 people to carry the banner
Chinese dragon style through the streets of Santa Cruz accompanied by a marching Samba band. Then the scroll will
be rolled up and shipped to President Bush.

"If you knew that Hiroshima was about to happen, and you did nothing, how would you feel?" asked one of the demonstrators.

Organizers Olivia Brownrabbit and Shelsea are seeking others to join the vigil and volunteer to staff the table for
two-hour blocks of time. Call the HUFFline at 423-HUFF and leave contact information or come by the table
at Cooper and Pacific Ave. and sign up.
 
 


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What kind of journalist...

What kind of journalist quotes themself in a story??

>"With 355 billion in aid to the Pentagon and another 33 billion proposed to launch the attack against Iraq,
at a time when schools are closing, people don't have medical insurance, and with so many people homeless, the policies of President George W. Bush are destructive of both Iraqi civilians and the folks at home," said HUFF activist Becky Johnson.

What about the $10 billion in military aid that goes to your favorite US client state in the Middle East to carry out their *genocidal* policies against Palestinians??
How about a 24 hour vigil against *ALL* wars?
 

Support the Vigil, Vinnie, and Becky!

Vinny takes a cheap shot at Becky for quoting herself in the story. She is both a Vigil Against Two Wars participant and a journalist. If Vinny were downtown with a videocamera in hand recording police abuse around the vigil and against homeless people downtown, he might well be the one to be quoted.

I suspect most people at the Vigil support Vinny's position on opposing "All Wars" (by which, I think, he means all imperialist wars). I'd think probably there's pretty thorough opposition to U.S. and Israeli govt. policy in the West Bank and Gaza. Becky's an exception. So what?

Do we need unbending ideological lockstep purity on all issues before we can support each other? As things heat up, we're going to need each other, even if we don't agree on everything.

The war that the vigil downtown is focusing on is the one that the U.S. is massing troops for at the moment: the War Against Iraq. And the War Against the Poor Downtown.

By the way, I suggest folks turn to the interesting debate between Becky and Vinnie in the Direct Action in Palestine (3/6) post. This kind of discussion clarifies issues and informs us. Let's keep solid on the fighting the shit that's going on downtown against homeless people and repressing political activists opposing the Iraqi war.
 

the greatest luxury

hypocrisy

n 1: an expression of agreement that is not supported by real conviction [syn: lip service] 2: insincerity by virtue of pretending to have qualities or beliefs that you do not really have

Robert Norse wrote:
>Do we need unbending ideological lockstep purity on all issues before we can support each other? As things heat up, we're going to need each other, even if we don't agree on everything.

Robert, if this statement came from anyone else I might not laugh as loudly as I did when I read it. Let's get real here. You of all people have no room to make such a statement. How many activists in this town have YOU publicly raked over the coals for not agreeing with your tactics? I won't name names here, but we both know it's a pretty long list.
 

Hah?

Not sure who you mean, Vinny.

I often attack politicians who masquerade as activists (Krohn and Reilly, for instance). I've also attacked Green Party members who supported Fitzmaurice--whose anti-homeless policies are a notorious violation of Green Party policies.

I have not, however, attacked activists for supporting local civil rights events because of their positions on other issues abroad. That's what you're doing.

I think you're mistaken on this one.
 

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