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(en) US, SDS* Protest at the US Merchant Marine Academy

Date Thu, 22 Jun 2006 10:52:45 +0300


A number of SDS began to discuss a potential march from the main
barricade to the Library on Bayview Avenue to meetup with our
fellow protesters who were vigiling there. Eventually we formed up
and started marching. Initially we were escorted by two cops on
bicycles. They tried to force us onto the sidewalk - the response from
SDS: "Whose streets? Our streets!" Soon a radio car joined the
police escort. We turned left onto West Shore Road and continued
chanting: "1-2-3-4, We don't want your racist war, 5-6-7-8, fuck the
pigs, smash the state..." Soon we noticed a column of protesters
marching towards us on the opposite side of the street. At it's head
was a man carrying a VFP flag. This was very inspiring. Many SDS
know that a united front of youth and veterans is something the
government has a right to be concerned about...our column did a 180
and we joined the VFPers and their friends. They were mostly older
and were as excited to see youth and students as SDS was excited to
see them. A young marcher told us that he and some others had
simply called for a march from the library to the academy and that
many of the vigilers, including VFP, had joined in.

Protest at the US Merchant Marine Academy

Next Left Notes - Photo Album

Kings Point, NY - June 19, 2006

Commentary and Photographs: Thomas Good

Prelude: A Hard Day's Night

Pat Korte and I got up at 5 AM on the morning of June 19, 2006.
Damned early for Leftists, but we were on our way to Penn Station
to meet up with other SDSers enroute to protest war criminal George
W. Bush's appearance at the Merchant Marine Academy in Long
Island. By 8 AM we were at 33rd and 8th where we hooked up with
Uruj and Doug from SDS New Jersey. A Danish TV crew was there
- looking to film us as we journeyed to Long Island and protested
Bush. They filmed us reviewing photographs of the area and
discussing where we were likely to be able to protest. Unfortunately,
they were so concerned with filming Penn Station, etc., that they
didn't follow us onto track 17 and thus they missed the train to Long
Island. Pat and I laughed that our careers as Danish TV stars had
been ended before they even began. A surreal episode in what would
be a long day was thus abruptly ended. The four Beatles - Uruj,
Doug, Pat and Tom - were soon joined by anarchist drummer Todd
Eaton and PACE SDS member Brian Kelly. These two comrades
had managed to catch the train just in time...

Read more and view pictures http://nextleftnotes.net/photo-gallery/2006_sds_usmma/
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