When it comes to protests, especially protests against the wars, I have two (2) MAJOR concerns, which I see NO antiwar or social justice group addressing: 1) what to do the day after the protest; and 2) the issue of abortion.
The second issue first. It’s illogical and irrational to accept that anyone or any group who supports abortion really cares about ending the wars. Unjustified killing, whether it be in Iraq or Afghanistan or an American mother’s womb is, after all, murder; and if such people and groups wish to continue the brutal, unjustifiable slaughter of the weakest and most vulnerable amongst us then they have absolutely no intellectual footing upon which to stand and no moral high ground whatsoever from which to preach against the brutal, unjustifiable slaughter that is America’s ongoing wars. Period. The problem, as I see it, is that, for these people and these groups, JUSTICE has been REMOVED from the PEACE equation, yet America can never be restored to peace and safety without addressing the issue of justice first and foremost.
The first issue, regarding what to do the day after the protest, should the protest succeed, is crucial. Does the protest movement have any plans concerning what to do the day after the protest succeeds? And what, exactly, does the protest movement consider success? Should a large direct action protest in Washington ever succeed in pushing those in power OUT of power this group needs detailed plans concerning what to do next. We don’t want to end up like Egypt, without a plan, and there is A LOT to plan regarding this.
The Summer of Justice 2012 – DC addresses BOTH of these important issues, although the details of the first issue are being worked out now. Justice means exactly what Dr. King said it means: “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere”. Abortion is the grossest of all injustices and until it’s dealt with, properly, justly, there is NO HOPE of saving America or of ending the unjust wars. Period.