Minnesotans pitch tents at Coleman’s St. Paul office to protest war

Anti-war protesters say, “Congress won’t end the war unless we make them.” On Monday, July 23, the sidewalk in front of Senator Norm Coleman’s office building was covered with lawn chairs, coolers and bottles of sunscreen. People were gathered as if waiting for a parade to appear on University Avenue. Yet those assembled were not there to witness an event; they were the event. A middle-aged man held a sign that said, “Bring the troops home now.” An elderly woman displayed a picture of an Iraqi mother and child. Continue Reading

At Atlanta’s U.S. Social Forum, Progressives Plan for Peace and Protests

From June 27 to July 1, more than 10,000 grassroots organizers gathered in Atlanta under the banner ‘Another World is Possible, Another U.S. is Necessary.’ By noon, Atlanta’s downtown Civic Center is already packed. Weary from the blistering heat, yet sparked by boundless enthusiasm, thousands of people from across the country mingle. They smile, shake hands, exchange flyers, political buttons, and e-mail addresses as they move through an endless array of tables and booths, each showcasing a different movement or cause. A tall, middle-aged black man approaches a table staffed by Freedom Road Socialist Organization. Continue Reading