|About 50 people and 2 dogs turned out April 15, 2023 (not all stayed for our group photo)|
A slew of new people, many of them young and many of them first-time protesters, came to our tax day protest yesterday in Topsham, Maine.
One told me they have family in Germany who see the Ukraine war as a reenactment of WWI with its trench warfare stalemate dragging on indefinitely.
One told me they drove almost two hours to join us after seeing me the previous evening on the Jimmy Dore Show promoting the event.
One told me they’d been reading my blog and looking for the next opportunity to get out and protest.
One told me how excited they were to be joined by fellow members of the UU Church.
And a group from the Party of Socialism & Liberation brought cool signs, a megaphone, and indicated they plan on returning each time we do this.
What I learned yesterday: there is a LOT of pent-up desire to resist supporting the U.S. proxy war in Ukraine. And many people don’t know where or how to express it.
In some cases, this is because the groups they belong to don’t object to this war in particular, or imperial wars in general (for example, Peace Action Maine is siding with NATO in the overture to WW3).
In some cases, they’re individuals who engage on social media but for the first time in years came out on the pavement to communicate with the thousands of people who drove through the intersection.
Several people who may not be the expected audience for the Ric Tyler George Hale show listened to my interview there Friday morning, and felt motivated to join us.
It was great to see so many Veterans for Peace out with us yesterday, stalwarts of the resistance to imperial wars for decades now.
One lovely person I’ve been standing with for years observed that passing around the megaphone at our closing circle was a smart idea. They said,