Turn Your Back On Bush
I first posted on this subject about a month ago, but this is just a reminder, now that the inauguration is tomorrow. Also, when I first wrote this I hadn’t joined Blog Explosion yet, so with all due respect to everyone who read my post the first time (all 3 of you), I’ve decided to write about it again.
For the last few years every major Republican event (the convention last summer, any public appearance by Bush) has been fully equipped with a First Amendment patrol. All demonstrators, anyone carrying a sign – move over here to this tiny corner that’s 900 yards away from the stage. But during the inaugural parade next month, demonstrators will unveil a new stealth tactic.
http://www.turnyourbackonbush.org/ is urging protesters to leave their placards and zany costumes at home and just attend the parade. Just blend right in with the other thousands of parade watchers. And then, as the Bush motorcade is passing by, turn your back. What could be simpler or more foolproof? No signs, costumes or shouted slogans to label you as sickocommiedevilworshiper who hates America. No worries about being relegated to the protesters’ ghetto 17 blocks away from the parade route.
Organizers of this event are determined to keep everything peaceful. They’re warning all participants that when they turn their backs, they might face hostility or threats from Bush supporters in the audience, and not to respond in kind. Please keep it peaceful and nonviolent.
For any last minute updates – changes in the parade route, obstacles to watch out for – please log onto http://www.turnyourbackonbush.org/ for the latest information. This site also has links to articles on nonviolence training, in case you think there might be a need for this.