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The Daily Demonstration One Year Anniversary

1. April 2007 • MarkDilley
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Monday 02-Apr-2007 is the one year anniversary of the Daily Demo, 5-6pm, Liberty & 5th, Ann Arbor.

You are welcome to attend Monday through Friday, 5pm to 6pm.



  1. Ok, wait a second;

    1 – Hasn’t this ‘demonstration’ lasted way longer then a year, they have been out there since the war started (or it seems that way).

    2 – do people really think protesting in front of the Fed Building will do anything or make any difference? Are the protesters there to change teh world or make themselves feel better?


       —just a voice    Apr. 3 '07 - 01:04PM    #
  2. There have been several regular vigils going on, actually since just after 9/11. But in terms of a presence every weekday, yes it’s only been a year that we’ve seen that level of commitment.

    Regarding whether or not it makes a difference, I don’t know of any way to measure that. Public opinion is turning against the war. Is it because of regular vigils like this? Is it the MoveOn style advertising and house party work? Maybe it’s ICPJ’s “Dinner and a Movie” series.

    There’s a famous advertising quote, “half the money I spend on advertising is wasted, I just don’t know which half.” Although the daily demonstration isn’t my kind of thing, I can’t say for sure one way or the other if it works.


       —Chuck Warpehoski    Apr. 3 '07 - 04:15PM    #
  3. “Public opinion is turning against the war. Is it because of regular vigils like this? Is it the MoveOn style advertising and house party work? Maybe it’s ICPJ’s “Dinner and a Movie” series.”

    Uh, I think it’s mainly big national newsmedia reporting the endless strife and death and lack of progress toward any sort of cohesive and peaceful democratic state and no end in sight, mainly… not activists in some Midwest college town.


       —Brandon    Apr. 3 '07 - 04:28PM    #
  4. “Uh, I think it’s mainly big national newsmedia reporting the endless strife and death and lack of progress toward any sort of cohesive and peaceful democratic state and no end in sight, mainly… not activists in some Midwest college town.”

    Uhh, it has nothing to do with people in small towns across the country protesting? You are simply wrong.


       —Mark    Apr. 3 '07 - 09:31PM    #
  5. As one of the regulars at the daily protest in A2, I can report that taking this action does indeed ‘feel good.’ But if that were all it does, none of us would be there. We beleive we are helping to change the mood of the country. The protest often includes discussion on these very important questions – like are we doing any good?
    If you’d like to discuss this and related issues, come join us at 5th & Liberty!


       —gary    Apr. 4 '07 - 03:26AM    #
  6. Hey Gary – what drugs are you on? Must be mind-blowing if you think a few people with signs on a street corner is changing the mood of the country. Not all Muslims want to destroy USA, Israel, and all Western culture. Only 5 – 10% are radical, and will use any means to accomplish their agenda. Care to guess how many persons that translates to?


       —We should fight terrorism    Apr. 4 '07 - 01:32PM    #
  7. Hey #6, did you serve? Or are you just a shill for U.S. and Israeli terrorists who want to destroy Iraq, Iran, and all Middle Eastern culture?


       —Adam D    Apr. 4 '07 - 03:42PM    #
  8. “A few hours on the street spent passing out info or holding a sign is worth going to ten meetings.”
    —anon blogger

    TV, radio, newspapers were owned by something like 2500 companies 20 years ago, so we had a variety of opinions – today, 4 multinationals with strong ties to Washington own it all. Draw your own conclusions. Dig into the web and shock yourself with what’s actually going on…


       —elizabeth    Apr. 4 '07 - 04:23PM    #
  9. Amen, Liz. Man, ever since Exxon-Mobil bought the Ann Arbor News and Halliburton acquired Current in a multibillion dollar stock swap I don’t believe a damn thing I read. Well, I believe this, but they haven’t publshed in like a year so I have no idea what to make of any recent shit, like last fall’s elections or whether or not that was really Britney Spears’ naked cooch in those pictures.

    Meanwhile, those vigilers at the Federal Building would have a lot more credibility if they weren’t at the same time hogging the free, short-term parking spots that are set aside for post office patrons. I believe they care a whole, whole, whole bunch, but do they care enough to park a block away and pay a dollar an hour for it?


       —Parking Structure Dude!    Apr. 4 '07 - 07:24PM    #
  10. not bad, “park”, but i still wouldn’t pay
    your full ticket price at comedy improv!


       —elizabeth    Apr. 4 '07 - 10:59PM    #
  11. reply to #6. No drugs at all. If your statistic of 5-10% is valid, then it stands to reason that 5-10% of other religions are similarly radical. More damage has been done to this country by Bush & Co, who claim to be Christians, than by Muslims. They (Bush & Co.) are are trying to negate the constitution, have made torture a national policy, and are responsible for killing between 60,470 and 650,000 inocent Iraqis. The 9-11 hijackers killed 2,987. The Hijackers destroyed/seriously damaged four buildings. Bush & Co destroyed an entire city, in addition to many neighborhoods and other buildings in Iraq and Afganistan.
    I agree that we should fight terrorism. Which includes Bush & Co., the Isreali government (not the people or the religion), Halliburton, Blackwater and all the other war profiteers.
    Also, remember that 47.2% of all statistics are made up on the spot.


       —gary    Apr. 5 '07 - 01:01AM    #
  12. #7 Yes. But that’s irrelevant, all Americans have a stake in this war and seeing it through to completion.

    #11 If one particular religion has a significant number of persons willing to kill innocents to promote their agenda, it does not stand to reason that any other religion is similarily radical. Your conclusion is not rational or logical.

    The vast majority of the approximately 60,000 innocent Iraqis that the U.N. estimates have been killed were killed by other Iraqis, not Bush or U.S. forces. The rate of killing innocent Iraqis was significantly reduced by removing Sadaam – ask the Kurds. Have you been reading Rosie’s web site conspiracy theories?


       —We should fight terrorism    Apr. 5 '07 - 12:19PM    #
  13. #12, you said “yes” to #7. Which part are you saying yes to, that you served, or that you are a shill?


       —Michael    Apr. 5 '07 - 11:05PM    #
  14. #12, You say we “have a stake in this war and seeing it through to its completion.” False. All Americans have a stake in ending the war, bringing our troops home and re-directing the absurd funding and war-profiteering that marks the Bush Administration.
    The war is lost. The question now is ‘How do we exit in Grace?’


       —gary    Apr. 6 '07 - 12:57AM    #