g r e g fuchs

As Well As Disobedient, Fluxus, Humorous, Intelligent, And Situationist

Through the grapevine I hear that some people have problems with Act Now to Stop War & End Racism (A.N.S.W.E.R.) One morning on W.B.A.I. I heard a discussion about the New York Times accusing United For Peace and Justice of not supporting civil disobedience. And I thought we were supposed to have given up irony after 9-11.

Even Taylor Meade—Andy Warhol superstar, downtown nightclub denizen, and raconteur—the evening of March 22, 2003, the day of a big anti-war march down Broadway from Times Square to Washington Square Park, says, "The anti-war movement is redundant!" Poet Frank Sherlock wittily replied, "Maybe but only because war is so redundant!"

I have only witnessed increasing joy and savvy in the anti-war movement since the semi-legal march in New York on Saturday February 22, 2003. Unfortunately the rancor from the pro-war press is increasingly vociferous.

More than 200 people were arrested while symbolically dying on Fifth Avenue in front of Rockefeller Center, ground zero of U.S. corporate media. Hundreds more gathered in front and near the center to protest, not only the war in Iraq, but media coverage of it. The demonstration was loosely organized by the M27 Coalition. However, many participants heard about the action from a variety of sources including National Public Radio who covered it the night prior with nearly the same zealousness as the Independent Media Center. The burgeoning anti-corporate globalization movement has informed the recent anti-war movement—affinity groups form, inform others, then gather to create a critical mass of dissent.

The inability to identify a leader always infuriates police and especially the press. There is no one to blame nor to soundbite. For example, I travelled to the march from Brooklyn with John Coletti. He's just this person who opposes U.S. military intervention in Iraq and decided to exercise his civil rights in order to express this belief. He was arrested along with many others for disorderly conduct. During the 22 hours Coletti spent in police custody interrogating officers continually asked how he learned about the action. He learned about the action from the radio.

The following 13 photographs document some of what I observed.

This was posted to the New York City and Philadelphia Independent Media Center Web sites on Monday March 31, 2003.

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