Saturday, September 24, 2011

What happens after October 8?

For all of us working to end the war in Afghanistan, October 8 will be an exciting day. There will be a march in Chicago -- as well as protests in many other cities.

But what happens on October 9? Where do we go after the marching and shouting and protesting is over?

Do you have a view on what should happen next? How do we move forward in an organized way? How do we make the best use of the momentum gained on October 8? How do we keep from losing steam?

Please comment here!

Related posts

Of course, there were many messages. But the message (or messages) that matter is/are the one(s) the public is actually able to hear. (Yes, and what we, ourselves, hear ... but at the end of the day are we talking to ourselves or to the public?)

(See NATO in Chicago 2012: What Was the Protest Really About? )

Many of us who weren't in Pakistan to participate in the massive rally against U.S. drone strikes participated in this protest by holding rallies where we were (for instance, in London), or by participating virtually via the #PakistanAgainstDrones campaign on Twitter.

(See What Would a Global Movement to Ground the Drones Look Like?)

This exchange has always stuck with me, because once you peel away the hopeless competitiveness and lack of compassion of these two characters, you are left with a grain of truth: if you want to succeed, you need to go where the conversation is taking place. The question for us: are we willing to check our egos at the door and get busy talking to people?

(See Antiwar Agitation in 2014: Less Mercutio, More Larry Levy )