Watch News2Share‘s broadcast of the anti-war rally at the White House on Saturday. More than 200 anti-war organizations signed up for the protest and march to The Washington Post headquarters.
Rally continued at the church with an address from Noam Chomsky:
At the 20th anniversary of the U.S. invasion of Iraq.
See the full list of organizations supporting the White House action.
See other anti-war protests this weekend across the U.S.
Turns out you can absolutely have an anti-imperialist demonstration with politically disparate groups without including a pirate ship of open bigots and reactionary freaks. So proud to have been a part of this wonderful event and it’s exciting to see the resurgence of a real, principled, people’s anti-war movement. Onward!
Yes, I totally agree with John Linnemeier and Munda; and they summarize why Russia “began” their attacks in Feb, 2022, much, much better than I ever could. I watched most of the speeches and the marching, via CN for this march, and other sources for the 2/19 Rally and March. I must say, the speakers at the 2/19–Rage Against the War Machine Rally– addressed those same issues, the truths of what lead Russia to begin actions of one year ago, much more than those of this March 18 Rally. Of course, Putin’s action was wrong, but with history of shelling in the Dombass since 2014, and many other reasons, e.g., encroachment of NATO well beyond what had earlier been agreed upon, Putin warned over and over of existential threat to Russia. Attacking a year ago was NOT without provocation… and NO mainstream media, no politician, no discussions would allow those facts… to surmise other than the given narrative by Biden Administration meant instant censoring on all social media.
The Grayzone, Redacted News, The Duran, reporters in Ukraine reporting back to non-msm news, such as Eva K. Bartlett and Patrick Lancaster.. all shared truths not found via msm, or that politicians ever addressed… Scott Ritter, John Mersheimer, Col. Douglas MacGregor, and many others have spoken in depth of the history leading to Feb ’22. and numerous other alternative news groups allowed for in-depth analyses. Many of the speakers at the 2/29 Rally spoke of these huge concerns. I heard very little reference to any of these concerns.. only the continual stating of U.S. as not giving enough dollars to needs here in U.S. (totally true, of course) and focusing on issues of specific groups. Focusing on these at-home issues is very important, but, imho, seemed to diffuse the focus of Rally on 3/18. Also, I never saw a panning out over the crowd, to get a sense of the size or scope of this Rally.. and near the end of the speakers, even before actual marching began, the camera totally focused on getting the coffins properly lined up, and conversation with nearby participants making it impossible to hear the last speakers on stage. I was looking forward to hearing Noam Chomsky speak inside the church later; but coverage ended upon entering the church. Ahh well… Hopefully, there will be more, and hopefully more inclusive, as the Rage Against the War Machine Rally was on 2/19.
Good points Gerie.
“I heard very little reference to any of these concerns.. only the continual stating of U.S. as not giving enough dollars to needs here in U.S. (totally true, of course) and focusing on issues of specific groups. Focusing on these at-home issues is very important, but, imho, seemed to diffuse the focus of Rally on 3/18”
I think all of the competing interests and groups have always been an issue for the left. I’m in favor of the inclusiveness and the vast majority of the causes they advocate for, but it does seem too fractured and divided. I’m not seeing a real unifying message. I’d like to see people put their specific interests aside for a while and get behind stopping the psychopath, robber barons from threatening our very existence with nuclear armageddon.
Divide and conquer; they have it down to a science.
I went to the “Rage against the war machine” rally at the Lincoln Memorial on February 19 and I went to the rally at the White House yesterday (3/18.)
I wish both events were much more well attended; the Lincoln Memorial rally was significantly larger. I think both events would have been far more successful had the groups been willing to put their differences aside and focus on the one, huge, thing they do have in common: They both want Peace!
Honestly, I don’t know what went on behind the scenes, but my sense is that the liberal groups wanted nothing to do with the Libertarians and were/are not interested in joining with them because they didn’t/don’t agree with their stands on social issues. Is this true?
I am a lifelong, anti-war, pro-union liberal and have attended many marches and rallies. I know what I saw at these two and how they felt.
Stay divided, stay conquered.
Sorry, but I have to say, I’m becoming disenchanted with what passes for the anit-war left these days.
“the Lincoln Memorial rally was significantly larger.”
Someone I was talking with at yesterday’s march told me the exact opposite.
I really shouldn’t have said anything about the size of the crowds, it’s divisive and I have no evidence of it other than how it seemed. Apologies.
Nice to see Medea Benjamin allowed to speak again.
Bless those with best intentions who show up to say no to wars, but I’m never ever going to understand why we the 99% underpaid underpowered go on erecting wealthpower giants and then begging them to listen to us and give us our rights. When do we get tired of leading ourselves into hope fatigue by attacking the consequences of allowing 1% to be overpaidoverpowered? When do we finally strike the root cause of all our most desperate global crises??
So hopeful that this rally catches the public to be more informed….BUT if the movement grows there will likely be ‘false flag’ events, violence and disruptions demanding police intervention to discredit the demonstrations…. watch your backs!
It was interesting, but i didn’t notice any police except a couple of MP (military police?) vehicles. When i’ve seen protests in the UK for example, police are lining the streets of the procession.
Thanks to CN for coverage of a peace rally the MSM have ignored much like they’ve ignored the imprisonment of Assange. It saddens me deeply that so many people who would be with us aren’t quite simply because they haven’t been told to. It’s as though their nervous systems have become little more than extensions of the corporate media and the MIC.
Kudos to all those who may watch the incessant propaganda but continue to think for themselves.
Medea – “join us as we march through the halls of Congress”
Careful, my dear …
Thankyou N2S and CN. (The camera person did a great job.) It was a great rally; well organised. I wonder what the WaPo will have to say about it.
WaPo won’t even mention it, lest their readers learn of people not on board with the war propaganda.
Awesome coverage and turnout! Only wish I could have heard Margaret Flowers. Will CN have coverage of Chomsky’s speech later I hope?
We need to stop all involvement in wars and sanctions now.
Illegal wars in Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia
Then in Iraq and Afghanistan. (Also wars too, ie taking out legally elected governments in foreign countries because we rather install dictators who will do what we want – ie Iran in 1953. And we howl that the people finally got rid of the Shah! Constant stirring up trouble – (Cuba, Iran, etc etc.) Then support governments who are clearly corrupt – Israel has Netanyahu a war criminal – constantly making new illegal settlements in Palestine against the UN Charter. Also Saudi Arabia who has committed war crimes against Yemen.
Also got our NATO allies to also commit to illegal and immoral wars. Whether Republicans or Democrats – US government supports this. End NATO now. Only thing I agreed with Trump about.
How exciting! So happy there will be live coverage of Saturday’s protest!
Will this link get us to the coverage?
Peace Fresno is happy to be supporting with a local protest on Saturday, Mar. 18, 12:30 – 2:00 at Blackstone and Nees in Fresno.
Anyone care about the victims of U.S. imperialism who aren’t one of us?
If you want to know who’s truly responsible for this dreadful war, look no farther than the hypnotized masses who refused to listen to Russia’s legitimate concerns about existential risk to their country. When Putin called the refusal to renounce Ukraine to join NATO a “red line” and Biden refused to even negotiate the point, Russia invaded.
Under Gorbachev, Russia drastically reduced its military budget and declared the Cold War over. Our response was the slow progression of a nuclear armed NATO to the very border of Russia. We unilaterally renounced the open skies treaty. Russia protested every one of these steps till they were finally backed into a corner.
I’ve been saying the same to my friends and acquaintances. Sadly, I get a look like I am from outer space and speaking a strange tongue. It is shocking to me to note how much censorship has occured and its effectiveness via the US media-sphere. It prevents a truthful and rational narrative about the roots of this war from the public. They are good people, but having been covered under a vast blanket of falsehood they cannot see beyond the lies.
Though some of those who understand what is going on say Russia should never sent its army into Ukraine, and though I am anti-war, I feel Russia had no choice by to protect not only the people of Donbas but to also protect its own security as a nation. We should never forget the many plain statements stated publicly by many of the powerful in the US Congress and National Security State. They say this is a war whose purpose is to destroy Russia via sanctions and an hubristic attempt to impoverish the nation, some going so far as seeking the balkanization of the country.
Now, hundreds of thousands are now dead or maimed as the US keeps the war going to “fight to the last Ukrainian.” The world is changing under the boot of US empire, and the US being run by US neocon psychopaths who might just believe that a “limited” nuclear war as a solution to its vain attempt to hold onto economic hegemony, a hegemony of course that fews the few at the top, a ruling class inured to cushy existence of their capitalist perch.
Let’s hope this important protest is the beginning of a growing movement for the needed change that may just save humanity. If the mulit-polar world develops, as it seems it is regardless of US attempts to stop it, my hope is that socialist experiments across the globe will be free to develop and not be stifles as they have been since before WWI.