Anti-War March. Victoria BC. March 15, 2008.
16 Mar 2008
We came out by the severals of hundreds. A mix matched batch of folks who are brave and aware enough to take three hours out of their weekend to protest the increasingly unpopular, illegal, yet ongoing war being waged by the U.S. and the 'military actions' that our government has swindled 'our boys' into dying for. And killing for. Let's not forget all the killing.
The woman in the 'do mess with Texas' shirt complained to me about the minimal turn out. I reminded her that 'Popular Television Program' was probably on, the malls were open and it was the weekend. There were lattes to be drank, damn it!
Still the meager numbers were there. And still we marched and chanted in our polite Canadian way. Young and old. High school kids who haven't ripened enough to articulate anything more than frustrated rhetoric. Elderly people who could barely hoist a placard over their hunched shoulder. U.S. military resisters reciting poems. The Middle class and the anarchists marching to the same ideal. Hippys, and yuppies and the occasional aging rocker like myself. There was even a guy who looked like Pete Seeger and someone who sang Dylan.
We made or point as best we could. We've been doing it for years. We have to. If we don't, who will?