Looking at the line of people in orange jumpsuits and black hoods, surrounded by the media, winding their way through the evening commute crowd at Grand Central, I got excited. I knew them and I was supposed to join them and put an orange jumpsuit on. But I could not find them before they got into Grand Central. And I expected it to be another boring activism event.
Even more exciting was their live demo of water-boarding on the street after the protest at Grand Central. And the guy in the demo really got water-boarded even though they tried not to really let water get into his nose.
These protests are organized by World Can’t Wait. Click on the name to see their website and find out what they are about.
It is amazing that their members have so much energy to pursue something that does not have much to do with their personal life other than their dignity and proud as Americans.
The BRECHT FORUM is a place for people who are working for social justice, equality and a new culture that puts human needs first. Through its programs and events, the Brecht Forum brings people together across social and cultural boundaries and artistic and academic disciplines to promote critical analysis, creative thinking, collaborative projects and networking in an independent community-level environment. Please check out their web site for more information and event schedule.
I just went to one of their events for the Agent Orange Campaign. The speaker was a doctor from Vietnam who had first hand knowledge on the issue. The attorney who has been working on the case on behalf of Vietnamese Agent Orange victims was also there. He was able to provide legal and political perspectives of the issue, supplementing the medical and environmental perspectives of the issue that the doctor provided. And very surprisingly, John Kerry’s sister Peggy Kerry was at the event and briefly spoke, showing her support and pledging to help the cause.