The Carpetbagger carps,
How ‘free’ will our ‘Freedom Walk’ be? There are any number of reasons to find the upcoming “America Supports You Freedom Walk” disconcerting. This is an event, organized by Rumsfeld’s Defense Department, which will honor the fourth anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks with a “freedom walk” from the Pentagon’s parking lot, past Arlington National Cemetery, to the reflecting pool on the National Mall. …
Some have said that this is ham-fisted nationalism gone awry. Others have noted the distastefulness of exploiting the attacks like this. Salon mentioned the less-than-subtle effort to connect 9/11 to Iraq. ….
But here’s the part that caught my attention: to participate in the “Freedom Walk,” you’ll need to register with the Department of Defense. …
That’s right, in order to participate in a government-sponsored “Freedom Walk” on public streets past public monuments, from one outdoor public landmark to another, you have to give your name address, phone number, and email address to the Pentagon.
Double plus ungood.
I recommed instead attending operation ceasefire. Rock and roll, hip hop, punk and some non-corporate country. All just 2 weeks later.
At least its not a government sponsored pro-government march like they have in China, Cuba, Syria, Iran, etc. Oh wait, nevermind.
The American Friends Service Committee has launched a campaign criticizing the Washington Post’s decision to co-sponsor the Department of Defense’s 9-11 Freedom Walk in DC.
More info at http://afsc.org/iraq/washpost.htm