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Moving Closer to the Tipping Point
by Steve Pleich
Saturday Aug 31st, 2013 7:35 PM
More than the usual suspects
The Saturday afternoon No War with Syria Rally-Santa Cruz was notable in many respects but, perhaps, not more so than the number and diversity of the participants. Santa Cruz can always be relied upon to attract the "usual suspects" to any activist rally or event. These happy few come because they remain continuously committed to working for social and economic justice and stand opposed the national war machine at every opportunity. But Saturday's event, even on admittedly short notice, drew not only a surprisingly large crowd, but a diverse one as well. I am encouraged by this. When I see families and friends and neighbors and activists of every stripe, young and old, gathering to voice their opposition to the invasion of yet another Middle Eastern country, it occurs to me that we may be reaching that "tipping point" that we have been talking about and anticipating for so long. Whether it is a confluence of recent events such as the revelations of NSA domestic spying or simply a signal that we have collectively had enough of war mongering in the name of national security, the intensity and frequency of recent political activism is a clarion call for action.

And, perhaps best of all, it is a call that is being answered.

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by 11:00 AM
Saturday Aug 31st, 2013 9:17 PM
I was disappointed because I did not see any demonstration today. I showed up at 11:00 AM, and left by 11:15 AM when there was not a single demonstrator. Was Everyone Running Late to the Protest?
It would be nice if this reportback included all of the basic journalistic information: Who, What, When, Where, Why, and How.
To the organizers, next time, please show up to your demonstration on time.
by Razer Ray
Tuesday Sep 3rd, 2013 10:44 AM
I want to point out that Sam Farr, our local 'representative', may not vote to fund THEIR war on Syria and elsewhere in the region directly (although he has done so on occasion). More typically he eschews the PR nightmare of voting to fund the wars and instead authors and sponsors bills that serve to enrich his construction industry friends.

One such bill was the "Reconstruction and Stabilization Civilian Management Act of 2008" which made it easier for his construction industry buddies to get contracts for the Pentagon's 'blow it up and pave it over' plan for Iraq.

This is a shoutout to Congressman Sam Farr.

We've got your number dude.
DON'T f*ck up.
Just Say NO to the WarBucks.

I have TWO email addresses for Sam Farr of unknown usability or activity:

imaca17 [at]
samfarr [at]

...and a contact form @

There IS NO "War" in the "Issue" dropdown. Try "Foreign Affairs & Human Rights", and of course hit both email addresses.