October 2, 2001    





Have you ever taken part in a protest rally?

Only one sit-in, while I was in college.

Ry, 23

I've usually been a babysitter. I don't think that infants and children should march for causes they cannot comprehend.

Jill, 60

I think it's safe to say that I have taken part in a protest but never a rally.

Karen, 22

I was working for UPS at the time of the strike a few years ago. I walked that picket quite a bit but that's it.

Alias Irrelevante

Not that I recall.

Firelady, 23
, TX   USA

Can't say that I have..I would if I found a good cause though.

Angela, 17
Bella Vista


Jaden, 21
Brampton, Ontario  CANADA

Many years ago, when they were building LNG tanks on Staten Island. I was still just a teenager...around 17 or so....but I remember it clearly. I didn't fully understand what the tanks were all about, nor what the real danger was, I was actually just jumping on the bandwagon, so to speak. It seemed like the thing to do back then, so I made up a sandwich board and pranced around the ferry terminal for about two hours three days in a row. That was the end of my active protesting career.

Fisch, 46
, CT   USA


Dianne, 17
Ontario  CANADA

When I was younger, my parents would take me every year to this Anti-abortion protest that was held by a few local churches. (Keep in mind that there's nowhere in my town where abortions are performed.) We'd stand on the sidewalk with signs and feel so proud and righteous about what we were doing. A few weeks ago, I was at an abortion clinic with my ex-girlfriend. This time I was standing on the other side of the pretest. People were right there on the sidewalk in front of the place with signs around the necks of their litters of children. This time there was yelling. I suppose there had been a clinic before my family and I would have yelled too. There was an enormous blown up photo of an aborted baby's mangled head. I cannot express the disgust that I still feel for those parents. My child was going to die prematurely that day. I had known that before I arrived and I didn't need any grafic displays to remind me of what my ex and I were doing. This was not a quick decision. This was not taken lightly. I stand by my ex, and I stand by our choice. And I pray for the spirit of our child.

A-Dog, 18

Tons. I've protested against Aparthied, Nuclear Weapons, violence against women. I've protested for the right for a woman to choose her reproductive path and the rights of individuals to express their sexual preference however they like. I've marched in anti-racism demonstrations and worker's rights parades. When I was in college I was part of the "radical fringe" there and we staged many events. I protested US actions during the Gulf War. However, it has probably been about 8 years since I've last participated in any of these types of activities. Being older and with some thought, I'm not sure how effective such things are. But I do wish I was in Seattle at the WTO demonstrations.

Felicia, 35
, MA   USA

Yes, I actually put one together at my college. It was an anti hate crime rally in the quad in front of the class rooms shortly after Matthew Shepard was killed. There was a lot of conflict on my campus during that time over the issue so our B-GLAD group decided to put one together.

Ry, 23

i've only been in one protest rally. it was against this politician called pauline hanson, who is very racist.

Becky, 16

Have I ever or have I this week? I protest lots of things all the time. The most recent was an anti-war protest opposing the rash decision-making of the leaders of our government. I'm all for justice, but I'm against the murder of more innocent people.

Eric, 19
Beverly Hills

Back during the Vietnam War we used to wear black arm bands to show solidarity against the war. But actual demonstrations, no.

Janet, 44
E. Brunswick


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No....but I have been contemplating handcuffing myself to the Iowa Army Ammunition Plant's admin office in protest of the current strikes on innocent people. (Sure, they may not be innocent, but I presume they are until proven guilty.)

Kristin, 20

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