Antiwar protests and the Internet

Louis Proyect lnp3 at
Wed Jan 15 12:21:06 MST 2003

NY Times, Jan. 15, 2003
Protest Groups Using Updated Tactics to Spread Antiwar Message

WASHINGTON, Jan. 14 — As the threat of war with Iraq heightens, leaders 
of the antiwar movement are feeling an urgency to mobilize the masses. 
But in contrast to the tactics of the 1960's, many organizers are trying 
to sound a note of patriotism and distance themselves from the 
stereotypical images of angry flag burners or scruffy anarchists.

Marches are still a crucial tool, and protest leaders are hoping that 
tens of thousands will turn out for an antiwar rally here on Saturday. 
But organizers are also trying to spread their message through the 
Internet and enlist a diverse range of allies.

In recent weeks, groups representing labor, the environment and the poor 
have agreed to help raise money and commit bodies to local and national 
protest efforts.

This week a group of Republican business executives organized by 
movement leaders published a full-page letter in The Wall Street Journal 
under the title "A Republican Dissent on Iraq," warning President Bush: 
"The world wants Saddam Hussein disarmed. But you must find a better way 
to do it."

Activists say branching out is necessary to combat a popular president 
and a public mood altered by the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11.

"It's like the 60's is the only lens through which many people grasp 
protest, but in many ways we've moved on," said Kevin Martin, executive 
director of Peace Action, a 45- year-old organization that has joined 
United for Peace, a coalition of 120 groups protesting a war with Iraq.



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