A Beautiful March and an Ugly Police Action

If you don't have a permit to speak, you may be under arrest

| August 2004

NEW YORK -- 'This march has made a statement about peace, poverty, and justice,' said Bob Edgars, General Secretary of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the U.S. 'It's one step in the right direction.'

The tail end of the march was nearly a thousand pall bearers carrying flag draped coffins representing the American dead, and coffins draped with black cloths representing civilian dead. 'This march,' said Amy Goodman, 'makes clear who is concerned about killing innocent civilians and who is killing innocent civilians.'

'The poor are dying,' yelled Jesse Jackson, into a bullhorn after the march, 'and the rich are lying. We need a plan to end the war in Iraq. We've lost the war, we've lost our money, and we've lost our national allies.'

These are the issues that brought so many into the streets. From the war in Iraq, to education, the environment, and social services, people went into the streets to say no to the Bush agenda.

There was, not surprisingly, no response from anyone in the Bush Administration. Some protesters have, in response, taken the protest directly to them.

After the march, hundreds of activists went to Times Square to give delegates attending Broadway shows an unwelcome mat. Dozens of people were eventually arrested. In a problematic conflation of different protests, both the New York Times and Washington Post showed pictures of direct actions taken by protesters in Times Square alongside photos from the march.