Wes students protest in DC

You all might have heard about the “Our Spring Break” anti-war youth movement in DC (that Ashley Casale ’10 was involved in organizing) that’s been going on over this spring break. Leah Aronowsky ’10 sends us a youtube video of a bunch of students protesting in DC, including at least some Wes students, such as Kathy Stavis ’10. In my opinion, the end is especially moving; the protesters just get more and more passionate. Check it out:

Edit: Kathy Stavis ’10 tells us that some of the other students involved include Lucas Guilkey, Adam Jacobs, Laura Heath, Paul Blasenheim, Nora Kohl, Alex Pfeifer-Rosenblum, Noa Wotton, Breen McDonald, Emma Mendelsohn, Liz Guavey-Kern, Izaac Lichtermarck, and Yael Chanoff (not necessarily all featured in this video). She says,

“Stop loss is the involuntary extension of military tours of duty in Iraq. Some 70,000 troops have been stop lossed. The students in DC worked with Iraq Veterans Against the War, Code Pink (a feminist fabulous activist group that’s on capitol hill every day), and a bunch of old radicals to deliver stop loss orders to every single member of the house and senate. We demanded the our congress, which has scheduled a recess for the 5th anniversary of the war, sacrifice as much as they are asking our troops to. This wednesday is the 5th anniversary of the war. There should be events in every major city, and if anyone wants to come to DC for rallies and actions, they should contact Ashely Casale. We can provide housing and help with transportation.”

You can check out more Stop Loss Congress videos at www.youtube.com/stoplosscongress to see more videos and spread the word.

89 thoughts on “Wes students protest in DC

  1. Anonymous

    I think it’s great that these people stood up for what they believe in, but I wish there were better ways of protesting than chanting. I don’t think the war will end because we annoyed the shit out of congress members with people singing “we are the revolution” in 3 different keys at once.

  2. Anonymous

    I think it’s great that these people stood up for what they believe in, but I wish there were better ways of protesting than chanting. I don’t think the war will end because we annoyed the shit out of congress members with people singing “we are the revolution” in 3 different keys at once.

  3. Anonymous

    1:52 here–since when is a call for a more creative DIFFERENT approach to protest a criticism? Marching in the streets chanting is not the only way to make change. That isn’t to say no one should do it. It’s to say that we should all be taking efforts on our own and in groups to effect change, and having been to too many protests, I’m confident that’s NOT the way to achieve it. So I write letters. From home. It’s a different approach.I just get worried that when Wesleyan starts feeling good about their school community’s level of activism, the rest of us all slack off. Just because you’re not in DC doesn’t mean you can’t be fighting. And just because you ARE in DC doesn’t mean you’re expending your energy in the most efficient way. That’s all I meant.

  4. Anonymous

    1:52 here–since when is a call for a more creative DIFFERENT approach to protest a criticism? Marching in the streets chanting is not the only way to make change. That isn’t to say no one should do it. It’s to say that we should all be taking efforts on our own and in groups to effect change, and having been to too many protests, I’m confident that’s NOT the way to achieve it. So I write letters. From home. It’s a different approach.I just get worried that when Wesleyan starts feeling good about their school community’s level of activism, the rest of us all slack off. Just because you’re not in DC doesn’t mean you can’t be fighting. And just because you ARE in DC doesn’t mean you’re expending your energy in the most efficient way. That’s all I meant.

  5. Anonymous

    1:52 here–

    since when is a call for a more creative DIFFERENT approach to protest a criticism? Marching in the streets chanting is not the only way to make change. That isn’t to say no one should do it. It’s to say that we should all be taking efforts on our own and in groups to effect change, and having been to too many protests, I’m confident that’s NOT the way to achieve it. So I write letters. From home. It’s a different approach.

    I just get worried that when Wesleyan starts feeling good about their school community’s level of activism, the rest of us all slack off. Just because you’re not in DC doesn’t mean you can’t be fighting. And just because you ARE in DC doesn’t mean you’re expending your energy in the most efficient way. That’s all I meant.

  6. Anonymous

    1:52, What are you doing to make a difference? Even if a protest like this one isn’t the most effective way to create change, it is certainly more effective than sitting at home criticizing the efforts of others.

  7. Anonymous

    1:52, What are you doing to make a difference? Even if a protest like this one isn’t the most effective way to create change, it is certainly more effective than sitting at home criticizing the efforts of others.

  8. Anonymous

    1:52, What are you doing to make a difference? Even if a protest like this one isn’t the most effective way to create change, it is certainly more effective than sitting at home criticizing the efforts of others.

  9. Anonymous

    1:52, What are you doing to make a difference?
    Even if a protest like this one isn’t the most effective way to create change, it is certainly more effective than sitting at home criticizing the efforts of others.

  10. Anonymous

    I’m fine with this, just don’t go to a recuitment office. we NEED our military- even if we just keep them at home (which we should). the military is a vital deterrent, and is useful in emergencies (pearl harbor anyone?) military should only be used in self-defense

  11. Anonymous

    I’m fine with this, just don’t go to a recuitment office. we NEED our military- even if we just keep them at home (which we should). the military is a vital deterrent, and is useful in emergencies (pearl harbor anyone?) military should only be used in self-defense

  12. Anonymous

    I’m fine with this, just don’t go to a recuitment office. we NEED our military- even if we just keep them at home (which we should). the military is a vital deterrent, and is useful in emergencies (pearl harbor anyone?)

    military should only be used in self-defense

  13. Anonymous

    12:42–What eventually ended the Vietnam War? It certainly wasn’t protests (which had been going on for 6 years by the time it was over). Try a global economic recession, oil embargo, Saigon, on and on and on. Protests didn’t do shit except make people mad. Yes, some politicians listened, but to say the war ended because of “movement”s like these. Understanding that will be the first move to funneling our energy into a more productive venue.I’m not trying to diss on the people who went to DC to fight for what the believe in, but come on, I think we all know that 50 people walking down a street shouting isn’t going to do anything, especially because small scale (and large scale) protests like this one have been going on for the last 5 years now, pretty constantly, especially in DC but also all over the world. It is a heartfelt gesture, but as smart, creative people, don’t you think we can do something DIFFERENT? No one in DC ISN’T aware that soldiers are dying to pay for democracy. Maybe we need a different argumentative strategy (an economic one?!?!?) and different method (local legislature the then feeds up to the big guys)– or something else entirely.

  14. Anonymous

    12:42–

    What eventually ended the Vietnam War? It certainly wasn’t protests (which had been going on for 6 years by the time it was over). Try a global economic recession, oil embargo, Saigon, on and on and on. Protests didn’t do shit except make people mad. Yes, some politicians listened, but to say the war ended because of “movement”s like these. Understanding that will be the first move to funneling our energy into a more productive venue.

    I’m not trying to diss on the people who went to DC to fight for what the believe in, but come on, I think we all know that 50 people walking down a street shouting isn’t going to do anything, especially because small scale (and large scale) protests like this one have been going on for the last 5 years now, pretty constantly, especially in DC but also all over the world. It is a heartfelt gesture, but as smart, creative people, don’t you think we can do something DIFFERENT? No one in DC ISN’T aware that soldiers are dying to pay for democracy. Maybe we need a different argumentative strategy (an economic one?!?!?) and different method (local legislature the then feeds up to the big guys)– or something else entirely.

  15. Anonymous

    and also, there are videos up of the protesters going to individual senators’ offices to deliver their Stop Loss Congress message

  16. Anonymous

    and also, there are videos up of the protesters going to individual senators’ offices to deliver their Stop Loss Congress message

  17. Anonymous

    and also, there are videos up of the protesters going to individual senators’ offices to deliver their Stop Loss Congress message

  18. Anonymous

    and also, there are videos up of the protesters going to individual senators’ offices to deliver their Stop Loss Congress message

  19. Anonymous

    I actually agree with the general message of anti-war, but I’m not sure how I feel about immediate withdrawal of troops from Iraq, and thus I’m not there protesting. Still, I have lots of respect for people who believe strongly in something like ending the Iraq war such that they go down to Wash DC to protest and make it happen. Those of you that complain that they’re “not really doing anything” – how can you say that? What eventually ended the Vietnam war? Isn’t that kind of movement important? Isn’t it completely missing from our generation? These students aren’t protesting somewhere random and vaguely effective near the Wesleyan campus. This is Washington DC. This is where decisions are made.

  20. Anonymous

    I actually agree with the general message of anti-war, but I’m not sure how I feel about immediate withdrawal of troops from Iraq, and thus I’m not there protesting. Still, I have lots of respect for people who believe strongly in something like ending the Iraq war such that they go down to Wash DC to protest and make it happen. Those of you that complain that they’re “not really doing anything” – how can you say that? What eventually ended the Vietnam war? Isn’t that kind of movement important? Isn’t it completely missing from our generation? These students aren’t protesting somewhere random and vaguely effective near the Wesleyan campus. This is Washington DC. This is where decisions are made.

  21. Anonymous

    I actually agree with the general message of anti-war, but I’m not sure how I feel about immediate withdrawal of troops from Iraq, and thus I’m not there protesting. Still, I have lots of respect for people who believe strongly in something like ending the Iraq war such that they go down to Wash DC to protest and make it happen. Those of you that complain that they’re “not really doing anything” – how can you say that? What eventually ended the Vietnam war? Isn’t that kind of movement important? Isn’t it completely missing from our generation? These students aren’t protesting somewhere random and vaguely effective near the Wesleyan campus. This is Washington DC. This is where decisions are made.

  22. Anonymous

    I actually agree with the general message of anti-war, but I’m not sure how I feel about immediate withdrawal of troops from Iraq, and thus I’m not there protesting. Still, I have lots of respect for people who believe strongly in something like ending the Iraq war such that they go down to Wash DC to protest and make it happen. Those of you that complain that they’re “not really doing anything” – how can you say that? What eventually ended the Vietnam war? Isn’t that kind of movement important? Isn’t it completely missing from our generation? These students aren’t protesting somewhere random and vaguely effective near the Wesleyan campus. This is Washington DC. This is where decisions are made.

  23. Anonymous

    1039 needs to stop whinning. like are you kidding me? when will hippies stop being antimilitary??when theyre no longer hippies!as for my two cents: i’m really glad there are still people who are willing to do that, even though i wouldn’t, and even though it’s not exactly productive in a realistic sense. moreover, the fbi and cia now has extensive files on all of them.

  24. Anonymous

    1039 needs to stop whinning. like are you kidding me? when will hippies stop being antimilitary??when theyre no longer hippies!as for my two cents: i’m really glad there are still people who are willing to do that, even though i wouldn’t, and even though it’s not exactly productive in a realistic sense. moreover, the fbi and cia now has extensive files on all of them.

  25. Anonymous

    1039 needs to stop whinning. like are you kidding me? when will hippies stop being antimilitary??when theyre no longer hippies!as for my two cents: i’m really glad there are still people who are willing to do that, even though i wouldn’t, and even though it’s not exactly productive in a realistic sense. moreover, the fbi and cia now has extensive files on all of them.

  26. Anonymous

    1039 needs to stop whinning. like are you kidding me? when will hippies stop being antimilitary??

    when theyre no longer hippies!

    as for my two cents: i’m really glad there are still people who are willing to do that, even though i wouldn’t, and even though it’s not exactly productive in a realistic sense. moreover, the fbi and cia now has extensive files on all of them.

  27. Anonymous

    fuckin radical hippies… when they start being anti-iraq war and not anti-military as a whole, then I’ll join them. right now, no way in hell

  28. Anonymous

    fuckin radical hippies… when they start being anti-iraq war and not anti-military as a whole, then I’ll join them. right now, no way in hell

  29. Anonymous

    fuckin radical hippies… when they start being anti-iraq war and not anti-military as a whole, then I’ll join them. right now, no way in hell

  30. Anonymous

    fuckin radical hippies… when they start being anti-iraq war and not anti-military as a whole, then I’ll join them. right now, no way in hell

  31. Anonymous

    that was a moving end. what about now? stavis is going to get mentioned in the argus for having been locked up in the slammer and what after that? her daddy bails her out? and then the war ends? sounds GREAT :)

  32. Anonymous

    that was a moving end. what about now? stavis is going to get mentioned in the argus for having been locked up in the slammer and what after that? her daddy bails her out? and then the war ends? sounds GREAT :)

  33. Anonymous

    that was a moving end. what about now? stavis is going to get mentioned in the argus for having been locked up in the slammer and what after that? her daddy bails her out? and then the war ends? sounds GREAT :)

  34. Anonymous

    that was a moving end. what about now? stavis is going to get mentioned in the argus for having been locked up in the slammer and what after that? her daddy bails her out? and then the war ends? sounds GREAT :)

  35. Anonymous

    where is this in dc? and who other than brian brotman ’07 and kathy stavis are in the video? is the girl toting the coffin a wes student?

  36. Anonymous

    where is this in dc? and who other than brian brotman ’07 and kathy stavis are in the video? is the girl toting the coffin a wes student?

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