Behind the Scenes in DC


| September 2005


Ed. note: Utne editor-in-chief, Nina Utne, was arrested during the Washington DC antiwar protest on September 24. This is her mostly unedited account of the event.

It is hard to type right now because I have a huge open blister on my right middle finger, from tying pink balloons. My son, Oliver, came from college to DC for the march so I conscripted him and his friends, Zan and Ezra, as well as my niece, Ingrid, and her friends, to inflate and tie and beribbon almost 2,000 balloons with me in an assembly line. If, in any of the meager coverage of the march, you saw those highly visible and festive spots of pink, my blister is worth it and my accomplices will feel gratified.