Peace demonstration in Middletown! Tuesday!

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Yo, friends who want to stop the killing. WesPeace has been doing some planning, and now the ball’s in our court:

Peace Demonstration in Middletown, March to Recruitment Office

Tuesday, November 27th at 4 PM

  • Congregate at the Usdan Courtyard after classes, between 4:00 and 4:15
  • We will march down Wyllys, High, Washington, and Main to the Army National Guard Recruitment Office
  • One group will stage a sit-in at the office, pass out a flier detailing a few “top military recruitment lies,” (see below post) and talk to recruiters and passers-by. Others will continue to City Hall to follow-up on the presentation of the Middletown Common Council Resolution Against the War, reading the document aloud in front of City Hall.
  • If you plan to go into the recruitment office, please e-mail acasale@wesleyan.edu to get on the e-mail list for discussion of the plans and tips on civil disobedience. We will also talk before the march.
  • Bring signs & noisemakers and wear bright colors!

The message of our action is: END THE WAR! END THE MILITARIZATION OF YOUTH!

RSVP for the march to wespeace@gmail.com if possible, or just show up!

WesPeace is a coalition of students, faculty and administrators that meets on Wednesdays 12-1 in Usdan 108. To subscribe to the listserv, email “subscribe wespeace” to lyris@lyris.wesleyan.edu, leaving the subject line blank.

24 thoughts on “Peace demonstration in Middletown! Tuesday!

  1. Ed McKeon

    You guys are overthinking this one. Sure having a goal for the sit-in is an acceptable idea. But like the Code Pink sit-ins and protests, the goal is simple – get a reaction, make a point, get some press. The sit-ins, protests, riots of the sixties did not have a direct impact on the war – they simply began the process of changing minds. Regular Americans didn’t like the idea that their sons and daughters were being beaten, arrested and killed. It made them begin to think that maybe their government wasn’t always right (and the truth was, that a large segment of the population at that time trusted the government). So make some noise. Get arrested. Make the headlines. It’s a step in the right direction.

  2. Ed McKeon

    You guys are overthinking this one. Sure having a goal for the sit-in is an acceptable idea. But like the Code Pink sit-ins and protests, the goal is simple – get a reaction, make a point, get some press. The sit-ins, protests, riots of the sixties did not have a direct impact on the war – they simply began the process of changing minds. Regular Americans didn’t like the idea that their sons and daughters were being beaten, arrested and killed. It made them begin to think that maybe their government wasn’t always right (and the truth was, that a large segment of the population at that time trusted the government). So make some noise. Get arrested. Make the headlines. It’s a step in the right direction.

  3. noa

    Are you referring to the photo? It’s because the picture was taken at an anti-war march. The banner was simply to say, this is who we are, and we march in solidarity with the other tens of thousands of people here. The bottom text isn’t the message, it’s the rest of the group name.

  4. noa

    Are you referring to the photo? It’s because the picture was taken at an anti-war march. The banner was simply to say, this is who we are, and we march in solidarity with the other tens of thousands of people here. The bottom text isn’t the message, it’s the rest of the group name.

  5. Anonymous

    I vote for the democratic partyThey want the U.N. to be strongI go to all the Pete Seeger concertsHe sure gets me singing those songsI’ll send all the money you ask forBut don’t ask me to come on alongSo love me, love me, love me, I’m a liberal

  6. Anonymous

    I vote for the democratic party
    They want the U.N. to be strong
    I go to all the Pete Seeger concerts
    He sure gets me singing those songs
    I’ll send all the money you ask for
    But don’t ask me to come on along
    So love me, love me, love me, I’m a liberal

  7. Anonymous

    Not if it’s guided more by sentimentalism or vanity rather than a well-thought-out plan for change.

  8. Anonymous

    Not if it’s guided more by sentimentalism or vanity rather than a well-thought-out plan for change.

  9. noa

    Danzig -Thanks, these are really solid points.As far as I know, the sit-in is out of a desire to make more noise than we have been, protesting alone in the corner of our rooms. Yes, it’s to raise awareness. We will be distributing a flier that folks put together of top military recruitment lies – I forgot to mention that, thanks. I’ll put it up.Though Ashley has been a leader in organizing this, it’s a WesPeace effort. We’d love to have your input regarding other stuff…The bright colors were not intended to “invoke the spirit of the sixties.” We asked ourselves whether we wanted to do a unified color and quickly decided that lots of bright, random colors is more fun and appropriate. And while inspiring student activism would be swell, we never talked about it as a goal. But maybe the goal isn’t as well-defined as it should be… that’s definitely a problem I see in peace movements.Thanks again for your thoughtful critiques!Noa

  10. noa

    Danzig –

    Thanks, these are really solid points.

    As far as I know, the sit-in is out of a desire to make more noise than we have been, protesting alone in the corner of our rooms. Yes, it’s to raise awareness. We will be distributing a flier that folks put together of top military recruitment lies – I forgot to mention that, thanks. I’ll put it up.

    Though Ashley has been a leader in organizing this, it’s a WesPeace effort. We’d love to have your input regarding other stuff…

    The bright colors were not intended to “invoke the spirit of the sixties.” We asked ourselves whether we wanted to do a unified color and quickly decided that lots of bright, random colors is more fun and appropriate. And while inspiring student activism would be swell, we never talked about it as a goal. But maybe the goal isn’t as well-defined as it should be… that’s definitely a problem I see in peace movements.

    Thanks again for your thoughtful critiques!

    Noa

  11. Danzig

    one crucial component of a successful sit-in is a set of demands. We will continue to sit here until…something occurs. What is the demand of this sit-in? We will not leave the Middletown, Connecticut army recruiting office until President Bush ends the war in Iraq? a reasonable demand might be ‘we will continue to sit-in until our local congressperson or senator agrees to meet with us to discuss the issue.’Since this sit-in apparently includes no reasonable demands, what is its intended impact? awareness? are there plans to distribute information pamphlets about the effects of the war? no mention of information distribution is made in this ad. Is the intention to sway connecticut voters towards a specific candidate? none are mentioned. You can’t vote against a war in the abstract, no matter how passionate and liberal you are. is the middletown, connecticut army recruitment office sit-in going to get enough national media attention to sway Congressional decisions?It’s cool that Ashley is trying to invoke the spirit of the 60’s (bright colors! woo!), but when staging a protest it’s also important to have a well-defined goal (and rekindling the fires of student activism should not, in itself, be the goal).

  12. Danzig

    one crucial component of a successful sit-in is a set of demands. We will continue to sit here until…something occurs. What is the demand of this sit-in? We will not leave the Middletown, Connecticut army recruiting office until President Bush ends the war in Iraq? a reasonable demand might be ‘we will continue to sit-in until our local congressperson or senator agrees to meet with us to discuss the issue.’

    Since this sit-in apparently includes no reasonable demands, what is its intended impact? awareness? are there plans to distribute information pamphlets about the effects of the war? no mention of information distribution is made in this ad. Is the intention to sway connecticut voters towards a specific candidate? none are mentioned. You can’t vote against a war in the abstract, no matter how passionate and liberal you are. is the middletown, connecticut army recruitment office sit-in going to get enough national media attention to sway Congressional decisions?

    It’s cool that Ashley is trying to invoke the spirit of the 60’s (bright colors! woo!), but when staging a protest it’s also important to have a well-defined goal (and rekindling the fires of student activism should not, in itself, be the goal).

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