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ISSUE 120 VOL 15 PUBLISHED 3/16/2007

Letter to the editor

By Letter to the Editor
Contributing Writer

Friday, March 16, 2007

I was happy to see that Amber Collett, in her critique of Counterpoint’'s hallway display two weeks ago, admitted that media bias pervades the coverage of peace protests. However, she is naïve in her assertion that “"the pictures of the protest used … are not of a nonviolent direct action protest.”"

Since the beginning of the Iraq war, peace protestors have taken to the streets to stop the United States'’ military involvement in the Middle East region. Some of the major protests in the last couple of years have included “"The World Can'’t Wait,"” "“Global Day of Action”" and “"International Day of Emergency,”" among many others. These mainstream protests brought hundreds of thousands of protestors to the streets along with significant media coverage. The groups that have been involved in the organization of the major peace protests around the country include International ANSWER and United for Peace and Justice, with the support of many other radical groups.

ANSWER is an anti-war front group for the Marxist-Leninist Workers World Party. They cooperate with the International Action Center, which includes such groups as the Free Palestine Alliance, Mexico Soliderity Network and the Party for Socialism and Liberation. ANSWER has been responsible for most of the major protests of the Iraq war, including those mentioned above. United for Peace and Justice represents a conglomeration of over 1,300 groups nationwide, and is led by a 1960s radical Castro supporter. Its members include such radical groups as Not in Our Name (led by a leader of the Revolutionary Communist Party) and Code Pink of Cindy Sheehan fame. For all of these groups, protesting for “"peace"” is a means to an end. Their true goal, explicitly stated in much of their literature, is a proletariat uprising culminating in revolution, and hence the violent themes of many of the protestors.

Even the immigration protests of last year around this time were organized by radical groups. ANSWER was responsible for many of them, as were such groups as the racist nationalist La Raza, whose goal is to "“reclaim the land of [our] birth,”" a “"reconquista”" of the western United States.

These major rallies were described to be of a mainstream, peaceful direct action nature by the media, but as the photographs we displayed attested, they often were anything but that. We will admit that some of the protestor's are relatively normal and nonviolent, but the true intentions of the organizers of the event are troubling, to say the least.

– Chase Donaldson ‘07

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