...i feel like i cant even use the word 'hope' without referencing Obama's campaign... but i do have a new hope after listening to Obama's acceptance speech on thursday at mile high stadium. he is truly an inspirational speaker - i cried a bit!
on wednesday, my brother and i, joined at different times for short stints by several friends, after the rage against the machine show (which was really really really siick) marched to the "freedom cage" at the pepsi center to support the protest of the war in iraq. the concert and the march were organized by iraqi veterans against the war.
i have to say that after listening to veterans who served tours in iraq (which certainly gives them the credibility to inform the people whats really going on) say that this whole thing is a big mistake...
my favorite cry that sprung out from us as we marched was: (one) tell me what democracy sounds like! (all) THIS is what democracy sounds like!! (one) show me what democracy looks like! (all) THIS is what democracy looks like!!
it was fucking awesome.
i also had a very interesting moving conversation with members of a black flag (anarchist) group. curious as to what their black flag and chants of "capitalism promotes war!" meant, i picked the flag-bearer to question... he responded to my questions with confusion and as enthusiastically as a child wanting to respond correctly to the teacher in order to get a gold star. although still blurry about their group, i certainly enjoyed walking with them - their clothes black and soiled, shouting angrily about the government and me, in my patchwork tye-dye skirt with a sign that read: drop beats, not bombs!
i dont think i will ever forget the march on wednesday. i hope that the president elect removes our troops from their occupation in iraq and sends them home to their families. :)