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Los Angeles - Orange Alert - November 16th
LA had a small, but very spirited event on Hollywood Blvd... converging at the Armed
Forces Career Center at 3pm. Reports from students and teachers were that
many students from a nearby high school were wearing orange at school that
day. A few WCW'ers had been there Thursday and Friday, getting out
stacks of flyers and rolls of orange flagging tape, which the youth took
up and spread inside the school. One student, who's been wearing his
green WCW button on his backpack every day since he got it, played a key role
in creating a buzz inside. When school let out, some
students marched and chanted from their school and all along the blvd.
They were joined by two of their teachers, one of whom had announced the
Orange Alert and encouraged her students to wear orange. Some students
from Dennis Loo's classes joined us, as did a WCW student organizer from a
Dressed in orange jumpsuits, students took up the bullhorns at the Career
center, and enthusiastically led their favorite chants: "I'm not your
soldier! No Sir! Sir No SIr!"; "We support the soldiers who
refuse to fight! Cuz fightin' for empire just ain't right!"; "Iraq !
Get Out! Iran! Stay Out! Bush and Cheney, drive them out!"
Others accompanied with drums and noisemakers. A chant some youth
made up on the spot was "the nuclear bomb! bush is about to drop it! Don't
bomb Iran! We're the ones to stop it!" The recruiters at the center ran inside and shut the doors.
We wrapped the front entrance to the Career Center in crime scene tape, and
carried a new banner that read "No War on Iran!", made by an
organizer's professional sign-maker friend. We stood in front and
agitated, holding posters up with pictures of everyday Iranians. "These
people are alive right now in Iran. They are children who go to school...just
like ours...mothers and fathers...just like ours...grandmothers and
grandfathers...just like ours. What are you gonna do to make sure they stay
alive? You call this a career center? There is no future in murder and death!
There is no future in war crimes! War crimes! War Crimes! We took off down the
blvd with banners, chanting as we went. About 30 people participated, half of
whom were youth, some international forces (Iranian, Latino, and Turkish),
and some older-in-age, but young-in-spirit folks. We stopped in front of the
famous ChineseTheatre where there was a crowd, and made a semi-circle with
banners, wearing orange light stick necklaces 'cause the evening was upon us. A
youth led us in reading the pledge in unison. While we got many signals of
support, peace signs flashed, fists raised, none of the folks we met along the
way joined us in our march. We called out to them to join us as we spread
orange tape and they took that, as well as pledge flyers.
We marched a bit further and staged a die in on the blvd.; bullhorn sirens
wailed as we threw glitter up in the air to symbolize nuclear fallout, and
people fell to the sidewalk. As people lay there we talked about how this
symbolizes the daily reality for the people of Iraq, and that it is our
responsibility to stop that war, and stop an attack on Iran. On count we rose
up for the people of the world, chanting "People rise up! Bush
As we headed home, beginning plans were made with students to build the
powerful student movement that is needed, the seeds of which were seen by the
broad participation of many they hadn't thought were interested.