I wonder where Cindy was ?
The Millions More March was to remember the Million Man March and to focus on poverty in America, I believe, and hurricane recovery? Oh, and kicking off a Millions More Movement tour: [http://www.millionsmoremovement.com/news.htm]* Actually, it's not easy getting basic dates and data from the site. I was wondering when/where the tour would be and how many federal legislators were present at the march? Anyway, Cindy is focusing on the 'War' in Iraq although I did see some 'get rid of Bush'-type posters in the little slideshow on the site.I'll post actual links if that's an option.
While the 1995 rally primarily pushed for atonement, especially among Black men, the theme of the Millions More Movement rally was qualitatively different in its political message, due to two main issues: Hurricane Katrina and the Iraq war.If you have more detailed links would appreciate them.
Well, Scroogle (Google-ing w/o tracking) brings up MSM coverage of the Millions More event as well as MMM 's official launching [http://www.finalcall.com/artman/publish/article_1971.shtml], Farrakhan's letter to MMM members/participants [http://www.finalcall.com/artman/publish/article_2166.shtml], and Wikipedia's entry [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Millions_More_Movement]. My take on it, based on Farrakhan's letter and the 'ten goals', is that the MMM is an attempt to organize the relatively powerless whose issues are not being solved or adequately recognized by the powers-that-be. Strength in numbers. (duh)What I didn't want to bring up before is that it's a mostly Black thing. I'd naively expected more of a 'rainbow' turnout at their event. The sub-text seems to be 'let's all of us African-Americans, regardless of religion, philosophy, personal lifestyle, and political views, pull together.'
dus7,I too felt the message was an outreach to the disenfranchised and poor of all races, creed, religion, etc. I did at times, while listening to NOI speakers, feel that reaching out may be difficult for some. (One of my issues with organized religion is it's often devisive.) I also noted the Gay community was to speak but then snubbed when their speaker showed up. I'm not particularly gung-ho on gay rights but to negotiate for months with gay activists to include them and then not allow their participation disturbed me. It's impossible in my mixed family bag to have anything a "black thing" as we're black, white, and hispanic; we can bitch about it all. But I too was disappointed there was not more of a rainbow. I'm very curious as to why Sheehan's "handlers" didn't get involved. The current leaders of today's movements, I would think, could utilize any event that addresses the issues of poverty, war, and injustice. To remain separated by color, creed, and complaint pleases those who fear unity of the masses.Divide and conquer.
Too bad we have to organize to be inclusive on the national level. So much about politics is divisive, unfortunately. Same here, multi-* family. (*bl, wh, native AK) TY for your reply. :)
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