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The Stony Brook Press - Volume 21, Issue 16

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IS S U E S
B yE L .L iv in g s to n
H illa ry
t r i e dt o
la y
th eq u e s tio n
t o
r e s ta s
e a rlya sl a s t Septem ber,b e fo resh ee v e n
a n n o u n c e d
h e r c a n d id a c yfo r N ew
Y ork s e n a to r. Y ouknow , th e
q u e s tio n about her re a c tio ntoh e r h u s b a n d 's in fid e li-
t ya n d w hys h ec h o s e tos t a y w ith h im .I nh e rfam ous
T a lk in te rv ie w

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t o
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h is p ro b le m , sh e le t u sk n o w th a t sh ew a n tsto g iv eh imm ore tim e t od o so .

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s o
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c o u ldf o c u so no th e ri s s u e s . B ut n o tto om any p e o p leb o u g h ti t , I 'm

a fra id .
T ro u b le
is ,
w e
a ll
k n o w
th a tth e rea rep e o p lew ho
c h e a t,
m ore
o fte n
m en
th a n
w om en,
a n d
m ore
o fte n
m en
w ho
a re
i n
th e
lim e lig h t
th a n
th o s ew hoa ren o t. N or w erea ll
o fth e m
o n c ec a u g h ti n
ab a ttle
b e tw e e ntw o w arring w om en.S o
t t "1
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t
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.
th eq u e s tio n
c d idn o td is a p p e a r.
H illary
S till,
if
h e r
a tte m p t
t o
" e x p la ini t a llaw ay" d idn o ts u c c e e d ,y o u m ig h tth in k
h e r m orer e c e n te f f o r tt op u ll a w a yfro m
M r. C lin to n
w o u ld . N ot lo n g
a fte r fo rm allya s s e r t i n gh e r c a n d i -
dacy, shed ro p p e dh isl a s t nam e f r o m
h e r
s ig n a tu re .
R efusing toa d d it toh e r nam e w hen
th e yf i r s t w ed
( s h e rem ained
"H illa ryR odham "),sh e
ta c k e d
i to n
w henB ill w asgovernoro f A rkansast o appeaseac o n -
s titu e n c y
m ore
c o n s e rv a tiv e
th a n
h e r s e lf .(A nd
s o
becam e
"H illa ry
R odham
C lin to n ." )
N ow
sh e
h a s
rem oved
B ill'ssurnam e
(a n dh e r
f a th e r 's ) ,s y m b o li-
c a lly" d iv o rc in g "h e rs e lf fro mh e r h u s b a n d 's n o to rie ty
(a s w ell as,p e rh a p s , fro m
h e r d a d 'sR e p u b lic a n p o li-
tic s ) .
B utsh eh a s
n o ta c tu a llyl e f tB illa n d
e v e n
e n jo y s
h is
p o litic a l
su p p o rt.S o
" th e
q u e s tio n "
s till
lu rk si nth em in d s of.m any voters.I t m ay not b ea s
c lo s eto th es u r f a c ea s b e fo re ,b u ti t ' sth e re .
R egardless,Iw asn e v e r g o in g to w ritea b o u t
this issue.F irst,b e c a u s e
Ih a v e w ritte n
ac o u p le
o f
o th e re le c tio na rtic le sla te lya n d , fra n k ly ,a m
g e ttin g
k in d .o f tire do fi t . S e c o n d ly ,b e c a u s eIk n o wth a ts e v -
e ra l
o th e r
p o litic a l
w iv e s
h a v e
h a d
t o
d e a l
w ith
u n fa ith fu lh u s b a n d s ,y e th a v en o t b e e n s u b je c te d tos o
m uch
p u b lic
s c ru tin y .T h ird ly ,
a n d
p e rh a p s
m ost
im p o rta n tly ,i t ' s
re a lly
n o ta n y
o fm y
b u s in e s s
(o r
y o u rs).
A s H illa ry
s a id
w hen
E la in e
Jones of
th e
N A A C P
ra is e d
th e
fam ous
" q u e s tio n ,"
"N obody
k n o w s w hatg o e so n in s id eam arriage."
H ow ever,inth e June issueo fG eorge m aga-
z in e ,
w rite r
A aron
L a th a m
f e lt
c o m p e lle d
t o
d e n o u n c eth is response, saying
" th a t w a s n 'tre a llya n
answ er,w asit? "*
F a ir
o r
n o t," th e
q u e s tio n "
ju s tw o n 't
g o
aw ay.I t ' sap riv a tem atter,y e s ,b u t i th a slo n gs i n c e
becom eap u b lico n ed u e

t of o r c e sb e y o n dH illary 's c o n tro l.I tc a n n o ta n dw ill n o tb e s h o v e da s i d e .A nd w e w ill likelyb eh e a rin g

a b o u ti tm orea sE le c tio n
2 0 0 0
com esc l o s e r .S o
Id e c id e d
i t w as
w o rth
d is -
c u s s in gh e r ei nT h e P ress.
Som e p e o p leta k earo m a n ticv ie w
o f th e s it-

u a tio n . " W h a t'sn o tt olo v e ? "an e ig h b o ro fm inea s k e d a b o u t B ill C lin to n ." H e 'ss o o o handsom e.A nd sm art, to o .H e 'saR hodes scholar f o r G o d 'ss a k e ! "

O th ersp u tam o re n e g a tiv e spin oni t ." L o v e
isb lin d ,"a n o th e rn e ig h b o ra g r e e d ," b u tw hatd o e s
th a ts a ya b o u t p e o p lew ho c lin gt oit? "
A second category ofarm chair p h ilo s o p h e rs
s e e s"H illary 's choice" asale fto v e rfro m
tra d itio n a l
m ores.A g a in ,som e
lo o k
a tth isi n
ap o s itiv e
w ay.
" S h e 's's ta n d in g by her m a n ' w h e th e rsh e ad m itsi to r
n o t,"Io v e rh e a rdo n e w om an say in the superm arket,
" a n dk e e p in gh e r fam ily
to g e th e r.Iad m ire
th a t.I t
ta k e salo to f stre n g th !"
B uto th e rs v ie w
i ta san e g a tiv e ." T h a t ju s t
re in fo rc e s
th eo ld
d o u b le
s ta n d a rd ,"
th ew o m a n 's
h s r n n i n
r c r m
r a r in
r b je c h ie r -'+
"
A
g u y h u rtsh is w ife,
a n ds h e 's
s u p p o s e d
t o
u n d e rs ta n d ,
a n d
p u t th efam ilyf i r s t ,a n da llth a t.
B uti f shet r i e d tog e taw ay w ith
th esam eth in g-fu g g e d d a b o u -
d it!"
(In d e e d ,th is
p a rtic u la r
ta k e
o n
th e
is s u e
h a s
c a u s e d
som e
c o n fu s io n
am ong
fem i-
n is ts . Som eo fth e m
w o rry
th a t
H illary 's
d e c is io n
s e n d s
" th e
w ro n g
m essage"
t o
y o u n g
w om en. B utalo t o fth e m
s u p -
p o rth e rb e c a u s e
o fh e r lib e ra l
s ta n d
o n
s e v e ra l
" w o m e n 's
is s u e s ." )
A
th ird
g ro u ps u s p e c t s
a
m ore
p ra c tic a l
m o tiv e .
O nce
a g a in ,som e
p e o p lea g r e e
w ith
h e r
a lle g e d
ra tio n a le .
"N ever
" 3
n :
1 '1 1I
_
1
-
f_ :_
- _
. C
C lin to n
m inm m a,
il,
s a idam endo rm in e .
"- - - - - - -
I t'sa lla b o u tth eW h ite
H ouse.
W hys h o u ld
sh e
g iv e
i tu p ?
S o
th a tsom eM o n ic a
L e w in s k y -ty p ec o u ldta k eh e r p la c e ?Id o n 't th in ks o ."
B uto th e rscondem ns u c h
to ta llys tra te g ic
b e h a v io r." I ju s tn e v e rlik e d
h e r,"m y m o th e r-in -la w
c o n fe s s e s ."S h e
s trik e sm ea sa c o ld ,p o w e r-h u n g ry
w o m a n ."

Infa c t, th e rea reth o s e w ho g o fu rth e r tos u g - g e s t th a t th e C lin to n m arriage hasd e g e n e r a t e dt o th e s ta tu so fam erep o litic a l" d e a l."A s insh e

" s to o db y "
h im th ro u g hh isc r i s i ss o n o wh e 'lls u p p o r th e ri nh e r
b idfo rgovernm ento f f i c e(a n dn o tp ro te s t th ef a c t th a t
s h e m ays o o nb e th enum ber1
fig u rei nth e irh o u s e h o l d ) .
F e m a le
c r itic s ,e s p e c ia lly ,
s e e m
t o
e x p re s s
c o n c e rn
a b o u t th e p o s s ib le
c o n n e c tio n
b e tw e e nh e r
lo y a lty
t o
B illa n d
h e rp o litic a l
a m b itio n s .L a th a m
b re a k s
th e s ere a c tio n sdow nb y
a g e ,te llin gu sth a t,
" y o u n g e r w om en,
a g e s
1 8
t o
2 9 ,
[th in k
th a t]
sh e
s h o u ldh a v el e f th im
a n dth e nru nfo ro ffic e .A t th e
v e ryle a s t,th e yw a n te d
tos e eh e rg e tm ad a th imi n
p u b lic .O ld e rw om ens a y
itw a sa ll rig h t tos t a ya s
lo n g
a s
s h e
d id n 't
ru n
Som esa yt
[T h e y ] fo rg iv eh e r fo rs t a y -
O n
in g ,b u t th e yd o n 'tfo rg iv e
O n ly
d e c id e d
h e r
fo rtry in g
to
p ro fit
[ f r o mi t ] " *
S e n a tes e a ta
W ell,age-w ise,
I
g u e s sIf itin to th e" o l d e r "
s e c tio n
(D am n !).
O nly
I
d o n 'th a v eap ro b le m
w ith
th is
c o n n e c tio n
ata ll! A t
le a s t, no m ore th a n w hen
t oB ill'sb e tr
a si fs h e ' s sa y
i t ' sm y tu r
am an
re m a in s m arriedt o
p ro te c t h isp o litic a l c a re e r (a sp e r h a p sB ill h a s
d o n e ? )
T ra d itio n a lly ,
th e
g e n e ra l
A m erican
p u b lic
h a s
fro w n e d
o n
p o litic ia n s
w hodivorce.T h is com es,I
im a g in e ,
fro m
th e
id e a
th a t
o u r
statesm en
(a n d
w om en)s h o u lds e r v ea sro lem o d e ls fo rfam ilyv a l-
u e s .W e m ayb a lk
a ta n y
s ig n
th a tth isim a g e
isa
fa c a d e ,b u tth ro u g h o u t m osto fo u rh is to ry ,w eh a v e
fa v o re d
c a n d id a te s
w ho
p re s e rv e d
th e ir
m arriages
o v e r th o s e w ho d idn o t.S oi ts h o u ldb en os h o c k
ifa n
a m b itio u sp o litic ia nh a n g s o n toas p o u s e fo r p o litic a l
re a s o n s .(N o r s h o u ldi tb e an yg r e a t su rp risei fam od-
em w om ani sp o litic a llya m b itio u s .)H illa rym ayn o t
h a v es t a y e d
w ith
B illfo rth is
re a s o n ,b u ti ti sn o t
in c o m p re h e n s ib leth a t sh ed id .
G ra n te d ,th e a ttitu d eto w ard
d iv o rc e d

o ffi- c ia lsh a ss o fte n e di nr e c e n ty e a r s , p ro b a b lyd u et o th e in c re a s e

i n
m arital
b re a k -u p s
i n
o u r
s o c ie ty
a s
a
w h o le . B ob D o le w as w eda n d divorced b e fo reh e m et
E liz a b e th ,
a n d
th a td id n 'ts to p
h im
fro m
a tta in in g
p u b lic
o ffic e .N e ith e r
d id
a
m arital
s p litc o s t
T ed
K ennedyh isp o s itio na ss e n a t o ro fM assachusetts.
T h e n a g a in ,h a v e
y o uh e a r d
w h a t'sg o in g
dow n
w ithJ o a nK ennedy?
Y ouknow ,th eo n e w ho
w as m arriedt oT e db e fo re V ic to riaR e g g ie .
W ell,fo rth o s eo fy o u w hod o n 't k n o w ,sh e
d iv o rc e dh im

la rg e lyd u et oh is a p p a re n t p h ila n d e r- in g .A nd(w itha ll d u er e s p e c t toth ee m in e n t s e n a to r) w hoc a nb la m e h e r ? B uts in c eth e n ,sh eh a s g ra d u a lly d is a p p e a re dfro m

th e
p u b lice y e .
T h a t m ayb eh o wsh e w a n tsi t .J o a ni ss a i dt o
b eav e r yp riv a tep e r s o n .H ow ever,s o w asJ a c k i e ; y e t,
a sJ a c k 's
w ife,w id o w , etc.sh ec o u ld
n o ts e e m

t o a v o idac e rta in am ounto f m e d iaa tte n tio n ,w a n te do r n o t.D oubtless, th e re

a res e v e r a l o th e r fa c to rsa tw ork
h e re .B uti t m ays e e m
a" c a u tio n a ryta le "t o som eone
w hoc r a v e sp o litic a l s u c c e s so fh e row n.
W em ust rem em ber,o fc o u r s e ,th a t t h e r ei s
n o p ro o f th a t H illa ry chose tos ta y w ithB illb e c a u s eo f
h e r a m b itio n s .W h a t's
m ore, there'sa
w h o le

o th e r w ayo f lo o k in ga ta llt h i s . Som es a yth a t H illa ryo n ly d e c id e dt os e e kth eS e n a tes e a ta sare s p o n s et oB ill's b e tra y a l.A fters u p p o rtin gh im

p o litic a lly
a n d em o-
tio n a llyfo rs o lo n g , th e yc o n te n d ,sh eo p te dt o ru nfo r
o ffic e ,h e r s e l f . H a v in gg a in e d s tre n g thfro mh e rp u b -
lico r d e a la s B ill'sw ife,s h e e le c te dt ou sei t t oa c h ie v e
h e row ns u c c e s s .
"It's asi fs h e 's
s a y in g ,'O k a y ,i t ' sm y
tu rn
n o w ,'"s a i dam ana tm ylo c a lp o o lc lu b ." S h e s to o d b y
h im
a n d s to o db y h im ,a n dn o wi t ' s
'tu rn a b o u t.'"
"W hys h o u ld n 'tsh eg e t
w h a te v e r
sh e
c a n
o u to fh im ? "aw om ana t th e p o o la d d e d ."A ftera ll th e
h u rt h e 'sp u t her th ro u g h ,w hyn o t? A nd
ifa llh eh a s
too ffe rh e ri s p o litic a lsu p p o rt,th e nIs a y , 'G ofo ri t ,
b a b y !G ofo ri t ! " '
W ell, m ostm odem
w o m e n w o u ld
h a v es a l -
v a g e d
th e irs e l f - e s t e e m
b yw a lk in g
o u to f th em ar-
ria g e .T h e yw o u ld have assertedth e irin d e p e n d e n c e
b y
re c la im in g
i tle g a lly . B u t,p e r h a p s ,
H illa ry
h a s
fo u n dad iffe re n t w ay.
O rm aybeth e re
isn o

re la tio nb e tw e e nh e r re m a in in gw ithB illa n dh e r try in gfo ro ffic e .P e r h a p s th eo n ei sa lla b o u t lo v e o r tra d itio n ,a fte ra ll,a n d th e o th e r, ju s ts o m e th in g

sh e
w a n tst o
d o . W e'lln e v e r
k n o wfo rs u r e . B ut it'sv e r yp o s s i b l e . Y esi tis .
N ora m
Itry in gt o p ro v e
atHi
rI
7
o th erw ise.A ll I'm
s a y in g
is
aM t
H z la r
th a t
i fth e re
is ac o rre la tio n
tos e e k
th e
h e re ,i tm ayn o t bes ob a d .
t os e e k
th e
" P o litic s -a s -u s u a l"p e r h a p s .
N o
sar e s p o n s e
b e tte rb e c a u s e
a
w om an
is
I y tl
/t
d o in g
it
-
b u t
n o
w o rse
y a l.
I
S
e ith e r. A nd
c e rta in lyn o t
s o
*^O
im p o rta n ta st os i d e t r a c ku s
fnlyg,
k a y ,
fro m
m atterso f m ore im m e -
p^
p
p
d ia tec o n c e r n .
w U
foU W .
U n fo rtu n a te ly ,th e re
w ill
lik e lyb e th o s e w hob rin gu p
th a t a n n o y in g
" q u e s tio n "
a g a in ,fro m
tim et o
tim e,
d u rin gth isc a m p a ig n .B u t, h o p e fu lly , w e
w o n 'tle t
th e m
d is tra c tu s
fro m
s u c h
c u rre n ta n d
s ig n ific a n t
is s u e sa sth o s e
o fa b o rtio n rig h ts , c h ild c a re ,e d u c a -
tio n , S o c ia l S e c u rity , e tc . L e t's in s is to nf o c u s i n g o nth e
q u e s tio n sth a t tru ly im p a c
to no u r d a ilyliv e s .
S o u r c e : L a th a m ,A a r o n ,"N ewY o rkt oH illa ry and
R udy:S h u tU p !" G eorge. V o l.5N o. 5.J u n e2 0 0 0 . P p .
6 8 ,69, 103,&1 0 4 .
T H E
S T O N Y
B R O O K
P R E S S
P A G E
2
(
P r o te s tin g
a t
h e
R e p u b lic -a n
- -
C o n v e n tio n
r o
e
n g
h R .i
B yS t e p h e nP r e s t o n
I fy o u 'v etu rn e d
o ny o u r,te le v is io n
i nth e
p a s t w eeko rs o ,y o up ro b a b lya l r e a d yk n o w
f a rto o
m uch
a b o u tth e
R e p u b lic a n
C o n v e n tio n .T h u s
I 'm
g o in g
t o
a v o id
s a y in g
a n y th in g
m o re
a b o u t
th e
C o n v e n tio ni t s e l f .T h o s e w hon e e ds u c hin fo rm a tio n
c a n fin d it... w ell,j u s ta b o u tanyw here.
U n ity2 0 0 0
A m id
th isg lu tto n o u so rg y
o fc o m m e rc ia l-
is ma n d corporatism , p ro te s ts w eren o t o n lyju s tifie d ,
th e yw ere dem anded.T h em ainth e m eo fth e U n ity
2 0 0 0p ro te s t(th eo n lyo n eIw asa b let oa tte n d ) w as
to
c ritic iz ec o rp o ra tec o n tro lo v e rb o thth e
R e p u b lic a n
a n d D em ocraticp a rtie s .
H ow ever, th ev a rio u sc o n tin g e n tso fp ro te s t-
e r sg e n e ra llyh a dl i t t l et os a ya b o u tc o rp o ra tio n s ; m ost
o fth e m
w ere
fro m
g ro u p s
w ith
o th e ri s s u e s .F o r
e x a m p le ,th e re w as th e SO AW a tc hp ro te s t,ap a r to fa
"W arN o M ore"c o n tin g e n to fth efu llg a th e rin g .T h e
S c h o o lo fth e A m ericas,a s re g u la r P ressre a d e rs know ,
isn o to rio u sfo rte a c h in gte c h n iq u e so fr e p r e s s i o nt o
m ilitary
o f f ic e r s
i nL a tin
A m erica,
w ho
h a v e
th e n
g o n e
o n
t o
k ill
p r ie s ts ,
la b o rl e a d e r s ,
a n d
o th e r
spokesm en
fo rth ep o o r.P e a c eA c tio n ,th eW arN o
M orep ro te s t, b ro u g h tab a llo o ni nth es h a p eo fam is-
s ile ,c a r r i e do n th eb a c ko fafla t-b e dtru c k ,i no p p o s i -
tio n
t oth en e w
" S ta r W ars"m issiled e f e n s e
p la n ).
O th e rc a u s e sr e p r e s e n t e d
in c lu d e de n d in gs a n c tio n s
o nIra q ,a n de n d in gth ew ari nC o lo m b ia .
T h e re w asav e ryla rg ep r e s e n c efro mp e o p le
o p p o s e d

t oth ee x e c u tio no f M um ia A bu-Jam ala n d th eb e a tin go fT hom asJ o n e ss e v e r a l w eeks b e fo reth e c o n v e n tio n ,b o tho f w h ic ha r eo b v io u s lyim p o rta n tt o

P h ila d e lp h ia n s .
A
g ro u p
o f
M u m ia
su p p o rte rs
d re s s e di nb la c ka n dc a r r i e db a llo o n s ,ru n n in gb a c k
a n dfo rthth ro u g hth em arch

A lth o u g hsom ec h a p t e r so f lo c a lu n io n sh a d e n d o rs e dth e m arch, m osth a d m aden oe f f o r tt op e r - s u a d eth e irm em bers

to a c tu a lly
a tte n d .T h em arch
e n d e d
u p
b e in g
m uch
sm aller
th a n
a n y o n e
h a d
e x p e c te d .T h eh i g h e s t estim ateIs a w
w asth ep o lic e
estim ateo f 5 ,0 0 0 .
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a tth e
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p ro te s t w asth e
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fo r
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t
c e n tu ry
r ic h
fo lk
a n d
le d
a
s a tiric a l
c o u n te r-
p ro te s t, w ithc h a n ts
lik e" T h ew e a lth y , u n ite d ,w ill
n e v e rb ed e f e a t e d ! "
a n d
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lo o k s
lik e !"
A ssum ing
nam eslik eP h ilT . R ic h
V hy
P rote s S
a n d
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e n te rta in e d
th e
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b ills
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r e p o r te r s '
t o
p o c k e ts
a n d
th a n k in g
te rt o
b ea
th e mfo r th e irc o r p o r a t e -
frie n d lyc o v e r a g e .
b u c k e t th a
A lo n g
sim ilar
lin e s ,a
g ro u p
o fa n a r -
d r o p
in
th i
c h is ts
s ta g e d
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m en w ithB usha n d G ore m asks. C a llin gth e irfla tb e d tru c k" C o rp z illa ,"th e yh o s t e das e rie so fro u n d si n w h ic h ,o ni s s u ea fte ri s s u e ,B usha n d G o rea g r e e d .A v o te rw o u ldru nin to th erin g , c a rry in gas ig na d v o -

c a tin g , fo re x a m p le ,u n i v e r s a l h e a lthc a r e .
B usha n d
G orew o u ldb e a t h im

o v e r th eh e a d w ithas ig ns a y - in g"M oreo f th es a m e ,"th e nc a lle a c ho th e r nam es a n d w restlei nth e m ud.I t w asa llq u itee n te rta in in g ,

u n tilth e yfin is h e di to ff w ithag ro u po fw om en w ho
re p re s e n te da n a r c h yd a n c e do ns t a g e ,w h iles h o u tin g
tte
s o m e th in gth a t w as drow nedo u tb yad e a thp e n a lty
e r s .F o re x a m p le , IW W
o rg a n iz e rste ll the storyo fb u s
m arch.T h o u g hth eperform ancesth e m s e lv e sw ere
a
d riv e rs
w ho w ento n
s t r i k e .I n s t e a d
o f h a ltin gb u s
b ita m a te u ris ha n dim p ro v is e d ,th e d e c o ra tio n sw ere
s e rv ic e ,th o u g h ,th e yc o n tin u e dth e irr o u t e s ,b u t d id
v e rye la b o ra te .
n o tc o lle c ta n yf a r e s . N a tu ra lly , th e p e o p le w ere m uch
m ores y m p a th e tic .
" C re a tiv eA c tio n "
O fc o u r s e ,d is ru p tio n
i s
n o ta lw a y s
ab a d
Is p o k e w ithaw om an nam edJ e n n i f e r ,fro m
th in g .O nM onday, th ef i r s td a yo f th ec o n v e n tio n , th e
B e llp o rt,w ho w entt oth ep r o t e s ta saB illio n a ire .S h e
K e n s in g to n
W elfare
R ig h tsU n io n
(K e n s in g to n
i s
a
s a idsh eh a d becom ea n a c tiv is ta fte rth eG u lf W ar,a s
p o o r n e ig h b o rh o o d
o f P h ila d e lp h ia )m arched
dow n
a
re a c tio n
t o
th e
o v e rw h e lm in g
c h e e rle a d in g
fo r
B roadS tre e t, d e s p iten o th a v in gap erm it.R eady to be
d e a th ."S om ew herea lo n gth ew a y ,"sh es a i d ," I d e c id -
a rre s te d ,fiv e
th o u s a n d
p e o p le
m arched
a n y -
e dth a tth ero o tc a u s eo fo u r p ro b le m si sth e
w ay,b lo c k in gt r a f f i ct oc a ll a tte n tio nt o
m a ld is trib u tio n
o fw e a ltha n d pow eri n
th ep o v e rty
w h ic h
s t i l le x is ts
in
s o c ie ty ."
S h en o w
w o rk sa sav o lu n -
th is
c o u n try ,
d e s p ite
p u b lic
te e r
w orkshop
p
U n ite d
fo raF a irE
a d d itio nt oh e r fu ll-t
P ro g ra m
D irector
U n itarian
U n i'
F e llo w s h ip .
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w l
d e c id e d
t o
com e
B illio n a ire ,ra th e rt h
p ly . m arch
i n
th e
J e n n ife r
e x p la in e d ,
h u m o r,i sa n
e x tre n rr
tiv eto o l...D o in gp r<
tra d itio n a l
w ay
c
b u rn o u t."
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"onouncem entso f
p ro s-
p e rity
fro m
B ush
a n d
G ore.
P o lic e ,
try in g
t o
a v o id
c o n fro n ta tio n
w ithp e a c i f u lp ro te s t-
e r s( I 'v eh e a r dre p e ti-
tio n
o f
c o n s o n a n ts
m akes
lo n g
a rtic le s
e a s ie rt or e a d-
w hat
d oy o uth in k ? ) sim p ly
le tth e m
m arch
a fte r
n e g o tia tin g
w ith
th e
o rg a n iz e rs ,
w ho
a g re e d
o
m arch
to w ard
a
p a rk
h e r
th a n
d ire c tly
t o
th e
d e s c rib e do n eo fh e rf i r s ta c tio n sa sa
c o n v e n tio n
c e n te r.T h e
p ro te s t
B illio n a ire :
a fte r
h e a rin g
a
s p e e c h
fro m
g o tv e r yfa v o ra b lem e d iac o v e r a g e ,
" P h ilT .R ic h "(A n d re wB oyd)o nc re a tiv em eans
a n dh e lp e d
o p e nu p
p u b licd i s c u s s i o no f
o f p ro te s t,s h e w entt oa W al-M artd r e s s e da sac o r p o -
p o v e rtya n d hom elessness.
r a tee x e c u tiv e . W h ilep ro te s te rsw ereo u ts id ew a v in g
B uts u c hre la tiv es u c c e s s e sa ren o ta s com -
s ig n sa n d
g e n e ra llyg e ttin g
ah o s tiler e s p o n s efro m
m ona so n ew o u ldh o p e .Iw o u lde n c o u r a g ep ro te s t-
s h o p p e rs ,s h e w a lk e da r o u n din s id ere m in d in gs h o p -
e r s w ho
p la nd ire c ta c tio nt oc a re fu llyc o n s i d e rth e
p e rsn o tt ota k ea n yo f th e m
s e rio u s ly ,s a y in g ," T h e
e ffe c tso nth ep u b lic .T h e
u ltim ate
g o a lo fp ro te s ts
le s sy o u know ,th eb e tte ri ti sfo ru s ! "P e o p lew ere
f a r
m ustb ef i r s tt oc o n v in c eth ep u b lic ,fo rw ith o u t la rg e
m o rere c e p tiv et oh e r ,b e c a u s eth e ya r e accustom edt o
num bers, p o litic ia n sw illn o tlis te n .T h e m e th o d sc u r -
re s p e c tin g
c o rp o ra te
e x e c u tiv e s ,
a n d
b e c a u s e
h e r
re n tlyb e in gu s e da r en o tw o rk in g ;i nas o c ie tyo v e r -
a p p ro a c h w as e n te rta in in ga n dl e s s" th re a te n in g ."
ru nb y c o rp o ra te com m ercialism , w heres e r i o u s p o lit-
ic a lid e a sa r en e a rly
ta b o o , we needt of i r s tc o n n e c t
D ir e c t A ctio n
w ithg r e a t num berso f p e o p leb e fo rew ec a ne x p e c t
C re a tiv e
a p p ro a c h e ss e e m
t ob em o res u c -
th egovernm entt ota k eo u r id e a ss e r i o u s l y .
c e s s fu l
th a n
th e
d is ru p tio n
m e th o d s
th a t
w ere
a tte m p te do nth es e c o n dd a yo fth ec o n v e n tio n .T h e
d ire c t
a c tio n ,w h ic h
c o n s is te d
m ain ly
o fb lo c k in g
in te rs e c tio n si nd o w n to w nP h ila d e lp h ia , w asb r o k e n
u pa fte rac o u p leo fh o u rsb yp o lic e , w hoh a din fil-
tra te d
s e v e ra lo fth ep la n n in g
g ro u p sa n da r r e s t e d
m anyo fth eo r g a n i z e r s
o nT u e s d a ym o rn in g .Som e
p ro te ste rs
w ereb e a te n
b yp o lic e ,
a n dm any
w ere
a rre s te d
a n d
a r en o w
fa c in g
?I t ' sb e t-
p ro secu tio n .
O ne
re a s o n
th e
d ire c t
in g ..
b et-
a c tio n
fa ile d
w as
b e c a u s e
S " e
t
a c tiv is ts w ere u n a b let oa ttra c t
i n
th e
sym pathy
fro m
P h ila d e lp h ia
ro p
inthe
re s id e n ts .B yd is ru p tin gt r a f f i c
i n
C e n te r
C ity ,f a rfro m
th e
ntt o
b e
a
C o n v e n tio ni t s e l f , th ea c tiv is ts
f r u s tr a te dr e s i d e n t s ,w hoth e n
o c e a n ."
a p p ro v e d
o f th eb e a tin g s
a n d
a r r e s ts . A ndw ithth e irp ro p s
a n d m osto f th e irs i g n sc o n f i s -
c a te d
a n d
d e s tro y e d
e a rlie rb y
p o lic e ,f e w
p e o p le
k n e w
th a tth ea c tiv is ts 'c a u s e sw erefre e in gM um ia
A bu-Jam al,e n d in gth ed e a thp e n a lty ,a n d
re d u c in g
th ep riso n -in d u stria lc o m p le x .
A t
th e
r is k
o fo ffe n d in g
s e v e ra l
o f

m y frie n d s, w hoa tte n d e dth ed ire c ta c tio n ,Iw o u lds a y th a ti tw o u ldm ake m o res e n s e fo rth e mt ot r yt o

ta r -
g e t b e tte rth ee lite sw hom
th e yo p p o s e ,ra th e rth a n
th e
c itiz e n sth e y
a r etry in g
t oc o n v in c e .T h e r e
a re
som es itu a tio n si nw h ic hth isi s m uche a s i e r th a no th -
W hy Protest?

B ut th isi sn o tatra v e lo g u e ;Id oh a v eap u r- p o s e .T h en e x t tim eth e rei s som em a jo rp r o t e s t(fo r e x a m p le ,th e rea r ea l r e a d yp ro te s tsb e in gp la n n e da t th eP re s id e n tia ld e b a t e s ,a g a i n s t th esim ilarityo f th e tw oc a n d i d a t e s ) ,y o um ig h tc o n s i d e r g o in g .

F irst,i t ' sb e tte rth a nv o tin g .I'v eh e a r df a r to o m any p e o p les a y th a tp ro te s tsa r efo o lis ha n dp ro - te s te rs

a r e
w asting
th e ir
tim e.P r o t e s t s
o p e n
u p
d e b a te ;th e yc a lla tte n tio nt oi s s u e s th a t c o rp o ra tea n d
p o litic a lin te re s tsd o n 'tw antt od e b a te .I fy o u a tte n da
p ro te s t, y o u 'r eo n eo f1 0 ,0 0 0p e o p lew hoa r ee x p r e s s -
in ga nu n e q u iv o c a lp o in to f v ie w , w h ic hi sf a r m ore
im p o rta n tth a nb e in go n e
o fam illio n
p e o p lew ho
v o tefo r th eD em ocrato r R e p u b lic a ni na ne le c tio n .I f
o n ei s g o in gt oc a r ea b o u tp o litic s , th e ni t ' s b e tte rt o
b e
ad ro pi nth eb u c k e t th a nad ro pi nth eo c e a n .
S e c o n d , th e yc a nb ealo to f fu n .C ostum ed
p erfo rm ers
a n ds t r e e tth e a te rc a nb ev e r ye n te rta in -
in g ,a n d
th e rea r ealo to fre la tiv e lynorm alp e o p le
w hoa tte n d .O fc o u r s e ,y o us h o u l dg ob e c a u s ey o u
s u p p o rt th ec a u s e ,b u ti t d o e s n 'th a v et ob e b o rin g .
F orm orenew sa b o u tth ep r o te s t,c h e c k o u t:
h ttp ://w w w .p h illy im c .o r g
T ol e a r nm orea b o u tth eB illio n a ir e s
fo rB u s h(o r G ore),c h e c k o u t:
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