New York - Feb. 15, 2003
- by Suzy
We missed the departure of the carnival people from the library
after we talked to Myshele on the cell phone, so we went with
another group. I am not sure if it was a spefic 'organized'
group though. We were a little ahead of the GLAM group, and
we kept getting mixed in with one different group or another
on our way, it was really cool! We were at 53rd (or 52nd,
I am not sure now) and 2nd when the police were making arrests
and filling 2 paddywagons, mounted police were involved with
this business too. We kept getting sent further and further
away down 2nd Ave, it was so frustrating! And sadly we kept
meeting groups of protesters going the opposite direction
who were discouraged and dropping out because of this. But
we kept on. We were held behind barricades standing in a crushed
together crowd at a standstill many times. And penned like
cattle, too. It was such a helpless, frustrating, degrading
experience -- so much for Constitutional rights, huh?
But it was fun to be with so many people with a common goal,
marching, and waving signs. It was fun chanting and reading
the other folks signs, and costumes. We saw the Glam cheerleaders
doing their songs, the stick puppets, the Free Palestine mock
coffin, the Papier Mache mask actors doing Bush and Cheney
et al, and the Raging Grannies! On our way back we fell in
with a College group that was great at doing chants; "No Blood
For Oil', What do we want? PEACE! When do we want it? NOW!
and Whose Steets? OUR STREETS! We were not able to achieve
Times Square, but we got very close, and then there were those
Mounted Police and foot Police with riot gear again! I am
still trying to get an organized handle on the whole experience
so that I can Journal it.
It was a good experience for me, absolutely! I had a good
time, and it was certainly an education!
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