Next Tuesday, President Bush will swing into town to address the United Nations. I'm thinking of going over to join the protests outside. I have a few questions.
First, what should my sign say?
Second, who is the major organizer and how well-organized are they likely to be? The groups I've found so far are Stop Bush Sept 25 and The World Can't Wait. Any experience with either of these groups?
And finally -- and most importantly -- do these protests still do anything? Surely, I'm not hoping to affect Bush's decisions. I've never attended a protest before, partly because I only recently felt any need to engage politics, and partly because I've mostly lived in places where most everyone else thought about like I did -- Democratic strongholds -- so I didn't feel a strong need to try to sway the opinions of my neighbors, either. Yet somehow this year things feel different. It feels more important. Maybe it's because Democrats have some power, so progress is possible -- yet we're not seeing much progress. Maybe it makes me feel like speaking out is more important now than it felt to me in the past.
In an age where we have more democracy of opinions -- where anyone with an internet connection can express their opinion more easily, to a wider audience, than ever before -- is standing in the street still relevant?