I haven’t been to a protest for a while. Think I’ll make this one.
BP Oil Flood Protest
Sunday, May 30, 2010
1:00pm – 7:30pm
Jackson Square, French Quarter, New Orleans
Join us on SUNDAY, MAY 30th at 1 PM in Jackson Square, New Orleans, to demand the Federal Government and BP devote all possible available resources to stopping the continued outpouring of crude oil into the waters of the Gulf of Mexico NOW!
Calling for volunteers to help in organization of event; distributing fliers, contacting media, and phone campaign. If you are interested in helping, please send contact info to : [email protected]
NEED PUBLIC SPEAKERS with knowledge about about the situation. Please email [email protected] with short description of your area of expertise, affiliation.
Thanks!! Please remember, this is a peaceful protest! Please, if you feel you cannot abide by that, Do Not Come!
I’m not on the inside loop for this. I don’t know who’s organizing it or anything, really beyond what I’ve posted here. A website has been mounted at murderedgulf.wordpress.com but it doesn’t have a whole lot more detail at present.
I believe massive protests are in order whenever massive institutions screw up in massive ways. People are outraged and that needs to be expressed. Whenever something like this is organized, I’ve noted a lot of people feel compelled to express their skepticism about the efficacy of such protests. On Facebook, a friend of mine noted that “unfocused rage never solved anything.” I agree with that. However, the rage is already there, and public actions such as a protest rally can serve to give that anger a focus that it might otherwise lack. If we don’t come together, we tend to feel isolated and weak. A well-organized protest can empower people and help them make new connections. I don’t know if this protest will qualify as “well-organized” but the potential is there.
Still not convinced? Look at these pictures. Now tell me, when historians write about this chapter in our history, do you want the story to be that “no one protested”?