Friday, January 26, 2007

Anti-War Rally

Did you know that a "massive anti-war rally" is planned for Saturday? I didn't until a couple of days ago. I had my entire weekend mapped out and now I have to go and add a protest to the mix? How wrong would it be to make yoga a higher priority than an anti-war rally?

I feel like a dope because I was fairly politically active while I was in grad school. I was totally out of the loop on this one. Since I've moved to DC, the degree to which I'm active is directly proportional to my contact with my friend Spesh. When he's in town, he keeps me involved. When he's not, I fall out of touch with the various movements. If I have friends who come to town for a protest, I join them. That's happened three or four times, but not recently.

When I contemplate going to a rally/march/protest/demo on my own, I balk. It's overwhelming. In fact, I don't think I've ever done it. I'm not sure I'll do it this weekend. But I do want to see a movie at the National Gallery and the rally is right there on the mall so maybe I can combine efforts. Maybe I'll stand there for a while and try to be counted.

I think rallies/protests/marches/demos are important. I hope this rally and others like it has the same effect such rallies had during Vietnam: making it clear to the pols who pay attention that the public wants the madness to end. It may turn out that I'll want to say I was there.

I know it's more important than yoga. I can take the early class at the "regular" studio and skip hot yoga on Saturday.

Grateful for: a sunny day.

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