22 October, 2020

Blossoms In The Dust

Along with some information about anti-war organising efforts was a one-line personal note that read "Let us turn this thing around." Optimism of the will indeed.

Blossoms In The Dust
On September 15th, the Brecht Forum in mid-town Manhattan wore an unusual look. Approximately 200 people had squeezed into a hall meant for smaller numbers. Many of us had taken the subway to the meeting and paused for a moment to look at the gaping hole in the skyline that was still being filled with smoke and dust from the rubble that once was the World Trade Center. The mood was somber, but there was an air of expectancy in the room. Everyone knew that the world had changed, the battle-lines redrawn and the terrain of engagement altered. The assembled gathering, representing over 75 different organizations, each with its own separate cause, seemed united in a common purpose—to do what they could to quiet the growing roar that was crying havoc as a prelude to letting slip the dogs of war.

One by one, the groups introduced themselves. New York Greens, War Resisters League, Artists’ Network, Jews for Racial and Economic Justice, Palestinian Right to Return Coalition, Forum of Indian Leftists, Center for Immigrant Families, Armenian Sisters, Freedom Socialist Party,...



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