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NYC Direct Action: March from UN to Times Square recruiting center
by Lance Murdoch via nyc.imc (reposted)
Saturday Mar 19th, 2005 7:51 PM
We gathered at Dag Hammarskjold Plaza near the UN, marched to Times Square, then some people took non-violent direct action and blocked traffic on Broadway with their bodies (and were arrested).
I arrived at Dag Hammarskjold Plaza at 11AM or so and saw a bunch of people. I'm no good at counting - it was somewhere between many dozens to few hundreds people showed up for this anti-war event.

Since I am talking about numbers I have a little ax to grind. I am unhappy with how UFPJ and ANSWER are not cooperating. OK, you don't have to be at each others events - but at least frigging coordinate, don't have two events at the same time. If they had agreed that UFPJ start earlier and ANSWER started later, we could have had lots of people at both events. As it was, some people went from the UFPJ event to the ANSWER event (including yours truly) anyhow. We all know ANSWER people can be blockheaded, but UFPJ people are being blockheads to - while getting into bed with ANSWER may not be wanted, we can work with them on at leats coordination, but some people have their noses too high in the air. And ANSWER had thousands of people while the UFPJ event had hundreds, if that. Anyhow, I'm not one of those people who knows every damned thing about the UFPJ and ANSWER meetings, but being someone in the UFPJ camp, I point my finger *at* UFPJ people and say stop pointing fingers at ANSWER and come to some accommodation. Too much petty sectarianism and nonsense, you can't just blame ANSWER for everything, die-hard anti-ANSWER people are dividing the anti-war movement, just what Bush and the capitalists love.

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