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THE MARCH !!
The March for Our Lives, Washington, DC - 24 March 2018
We couldn't go, we had Kennedy Center tickets.
Jerry Nelson, McLean, VA
That's how it all started -- we passed out a map for the March to Save Lives in our neighborhood. If two more people went, we would come out
Performance over (our 6th Mark Morris dance recital),
We found the opera theater on the other side of the Hall of Nations.
march events over too, but still lots of people in the streets.
Still in her baby seat, mom's little girl is a Future Voter on her way to the gun march.
ATTENDANCE We're not professional protesters, we just live here! (Is it true you can get paid for this?)
Obama, 2009: 1.8M on Mall (we were pinned, you couldn't move anywhere)
0.3 on the bleachers for the parade
(Mostly new people on the bleachers;
mall people couldn't get there.
I call it an easy 2 million for Obama.)
Trump, 2017: 300,000 is a good mid-range estimate,
I could easily walk to the front of the public area.
Woman's March 600,000 -- The very next day! The Metros were packed,
not like the photo above.
People cite 500,000 from aerial photo surveys, but
metro ridership numbers and our one-the-ground experience
people who estimate it was 600,000 have a point.
March for our Lives:>200,000
We were forbidden (armed force) from spilling over onto Mall.
We were on PaAve like the Climate March 2017,
which was 200,000 -- a reliable, final figure.
Nothing beats the first Obama inauguration for sheer joy. Even
the Trump inauguration was happy . . . for them, because their guy got
in. But it's not the same when you march because people
You hope that your new President will do good stuff after inauguration
(20Jan17), you hope for
change in climate (march of 29Apr17), you hope science will be allowed
to drive civilization higher (22April17), you hope you'll see Trump's
tax returns (Tax Day March, 15Apr2017), and
that attitudes will change now that feminism is "back by popular
demand" (Woman's March 21Jan17). The March for Our Lives
(24Mar18) was different.
These people are fed up.
Most structural issues (gerrymandering, voter suppression, social and
economic injustice, lack of accountability) didn't come up, but people
know they must vote opponents out of office. This is not a "tell
your Congressman that he should do XYZ" kind of crowd. No one is
begging for change that
cannot come . . . change that is deeply structured never to come.
These people will do it themselves. Fellow scientists on the
March for Science (22Apr2017) had no idea what political activism next
required of them. These people know what to do next.
Do-it-yourself change means gaining power.
The NRA has forced a generation of reformers into electoral politics.
The Climate March did not do it.
The Woman's March did not do it.
The NRA did it all, put a dysfunctional legislative system on display
in Washington, on display in state after state capitol.
The NRA has forced the most impatient, fed up people I've ever marched
with into electoral politics. This is not voter registration in
the 1960s when we tried to persuade others to vote. These people are
going to do the voting themselves. Sometimes an organized
political constituency becomes the core of a political party and
transforms it for a generation.
200,000+ in the streets is what your well-regulated militia looks
like. If you want to see more, try repeating today the Watergate era's
Saturday Night Massacre by firing of Robert Mueller.
WOMEN'S LIB 50 YEARS LATER
woman's lib movement of the 60s and 70s, women wanted to be treated as
equals. Then, the most gorgeous woman I ever dated in high
school, the one who walked through the pages of Mademoiselle magazine
to an ivy league college, witty and smart, would have a career the
equal of any man, would be the perfect mother to her new baby, and the ideal
homemaker to her husband. Her mother bought into it too.
She burned herself to death in front of her, it was the only
#MeToo tells us today is different. Woman want their stories
believed and the sexual dominance of men ended. Men's dominance
is maintained by social complicity and structural injustice. This
is a very different women's lib. This is a political movement,
turned outward, spilling out into every arena. For the gun march,
#MeToo meant an attack on patriarchy itself -- or at least on men who think they need guns for their manliness.
Gun march sign: "If teachers have to carry guns, the president should have to read a book."
Near Central Park in New York: "There should be a background check before the NRA is allowed to buy a senator".
Men understand the fight against patriarchy. This is not Saudi Arabia, the first place Trump visited as president.
Jerry: I just saw a sign that said, "Why are there more regulations for my uterus than for assault rifles?"
Robin: Because it's still a male-regulated society.
This sign appeared in Atlanta's anti-gun rally in the Centennial Park
district. Her anonymous parody has been circulating on the Web
since before Oct 2015. You can cut and paste the text
This anonymous parody on the freedom
of men to buy guns vs. the restrictions on women's abortion rights
appeared on the Web prior to October 2015.
PATRIARCHY IN A NUTSHELL.
Western civilization celebrates the importance of the individual
(Renaissance) and the equality of men (Age of Enlightenment), leading
to the emergence of democratic nations (USA, 1776, 1787). The
ability of more citizens to advance themselves helped advance Western
civilization to dominance in our time.
Patriarchal societies give men control of women. Complete control
is ownership. A person owned by another can't advance
himself. Non-Western, patriarchal societies have lagged in
scientific output and wealth creation.
There is no wealth to be gained by patriarchal suppression of women's
reproductive freedom. The gain is patriarchal power.
Men partial to patriarchy are partial to the use of force. The
inability to control patriarchal domination of women invites difficulty
in controlling guns and state-sanctioned killing (in distant nations by
armed forces; in our cities by police).
SO YOU'LL DO IT THROUGH THE BALLOT BOX? Last Saturday's March for Our Lives, 24 March 2018 -- financed in
three weeks by $3.5M in contributions and led by high school kids in
response to the murder of their classmates -- this march shows an angry country
determined to seize political power . . . through the ballot box, they
THE RUSSIANS HAVE BEEN IN THE NETWORKS SINCE 4/2014. Ballots will be cast in a system gerrymandered and rigged by
minority-party Republicans using voting infrastructure in which the Russians began
laying the groundwork for mischief four years ago, with cyberpenetrations starting April 2014.
When the voting day lines are long as they always are, when the voting machines
always break down the way they always do, when the most crowed, urban precincts where the
most Democrats live are hit the hardest as they always are, when even your own name doesn't come up on the voter
registration data lookup, are you sure you know what's going on? Are
you sure you want to attack the other American political party?
Even if Russians can't swing the election results, they can still
inject chaos on election day, invalidate the process, and destroy the
faith in democracy shown by hundreds of thousands of gun control
Again after 2016, again In the coming mid-term elections of 2018, Russian and GOP interests are aligned.
KILLING CHILDREN IS NOT GOOD FOR THE NATION'S FUTURE
Killing the children is not good for a nation's future. This may
be an idea whose time has come. People seem able to get their
heads around it. Thank you, gun control marchers.
Whoa, not so fast, not so simple.
The counter-signs are out there already, referencing abortion rights:
"Supports Planned Parenthood to Save The Children --another liberal hypocrite."
"Liberals Don't Mind Killing Children as Long as It's Not By an Assault Rifle."
people carrying such signs have trouble forming a model of the
society in which they live. Politics for them devolves to a
parade of personalities ("Lock her up!" "Good business
man." "Little Rocket Man" "Good guy in white hat shoots bad guy in black hat.")
When problems are people, murdering solves any problem
permanently. More guns, safer. Dead Muslim, safe
parade of individual personalities, loved but mostly hated, explains
daily politics to these people. When politics gets harder for
them to understand, there must just be more people involved -- people hidden
somewhere, people conspiring in secret. It's all love, hate, betrayal
and they understand the world
as well as you do; better, even, since they have discovered a hidden
cabal that you don't even know about yet. You think you're smart,
but your kind can't get it, and they can.
1. My anger at them for pushing more guns as the
country's solution to gun violence
2. Anti-Patriarchy Signs at the Gun
March <--- You are here.
Structure and Economic Injustice in the United States - Why Are so Many Adults
so Angry & Selfish?
An essay for gun control kids who need to know what's coming,
and for their Trumped parents who can't figure out what happened.
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