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Protestors Welcome Bush to Denver
Posted 12-01-05
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(NOTE: A version of this article appeared in the Dec. 1 Denver Weekly News)

Protestors Welcome Bush to Denver

President George Bush visited the Mile High City Nov. 29 to attend a Republican fundraiser for Congresswoman Marilyn Musgrave who is up for re-election next year. As has become standard procedure in Bush's travels, hundreds of protestors gathered to counter his visit and send a message that dissatisfaction with his decisions of recent years, continues to grow.

The large group, which included many anti-war activists along with families, and individuals of all ages, gathered at the state capitol. A number of protest signs were visible in the crowd with messages against the Iraq war such as: "Bring our troops home where they belong," "Stop the war," and "Make levees, not war." Others displayed messages which indirectly or directly supported the removal of Bush from office, such as: "Bush get out," "Impeach the bum," "Regime change begins at home - Impeach Bush," and "Corporate Bush - ImpeachBush.org."

Donna Davis of MoveOn.org, a political action committee, was one of a handful of Blacks who attended the rally. She remarked that not only was she against the war but also efforts of the Bush administration to silence anti-war voices.

"I am heavily opposed to the first amendment restriction [Bush] has imposed to keep people from speaking out," she said. "I hope more people raise their voices and command the President to bring our troops home now."

Other protestors appeared that morning with very different issues on their minds. Dr. Dwanna Hill, the 41-year-old Public Policy Director for the Colorado Coalition Against Domestic Violence, came to advance the cry that more governmental attention needed to be devoted to combating violence against women. She maintained that the President has been very "aloof" in his position as opposed to Senator Joseph Biden who sponsored the Violence Against Women Acts of 1994 and 2005.

Hill also was concerned about the institutional and undercover racism she said is still very much a part of American society. "The majority of my friends are White and they talk as if segregation was a long time ago," she said, adding that her mother experienced being restricted to the colored-only water fountains of the 1960s, which was only decades ago. "For us to pretend like that is ancient history is very frightening because the racism gets to be more subtle." She went on to say that there is much work that needs to be done to combat the racist mentalities many hold but do not express because it has become politically incorrect to do so.

Still another protestor, Tony Bennett, 31 - an Anglo male - called Bush a Nazi and expressed great displeasure over his performance using the term ˜fascist' to describe the operations of the President's administration. If given the opportunity to address Bush personally, Bennett revealed the two questions he would ask. "[Mr. Bush] why are you taking away everything our forefathers gave us, as far as our freedoms and civil liberties, and why are you hurting the environment [and] killing off endangered species in order to save them?"

Later, traffic was disrupted as gray-haired grandmothers tooted whistles; young children carried signs which read "I'm already in debt"; energetic, outraged and highly vocal adults and teens used a variety of kitchen utensils to beat on metal pots and skillets, and the rest of the sign-carrying procession marched a few blocks to the Brown Palace Hotel where the Republican fundraiser was being held. Hotel guests nervously peered out of windows to find out what the commotion was about as police on motorcycles and in cars surveyed the area on high alert. Bush's appearance reportedly encouraged Republican faithful to give more than $400,000 to help Musgrave's campaign but despite the number of his supporters who are standing by their man, there are others who are not as committed to the Commander in Chief as they once were.

"I used to firmly support Bush until I felt all of his tactics and all the things his administration was doing were complete lies," said Justin Mourning, 28, one of few Black males present at the rally. "He is operating under false pretenses that are completely undermining everything we are standing for."



* photos by LoA

- Adeeba Folami -
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Bush is "Killing All Of Those People" but these same folks can't bring themselves to discuss the pre-War policies in Iraq.

We won't even talk about the policies that they do support juxtaposed on the state of all too many Black communities. A real track record of success there buddy. And they say Bush has a credibility problem. Man.

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Originally posted by 1milehi:
well, bush does have a credibility problem - regardless. so now what? do you think people protest his presence worldwide because he's such the delight to them that he, apparently, is to you?


It is interesting juxtaposing their hatred of Bush/America with the report yesterday from the United Nations and the worldwide growth of AIDs, the horrifying food situation in Southern Africa, the desperate condition of the Earthquake victims in Pakistan and other areas and the lingering effects of the Tsunami.


The same people who are usually on the attack in the areas that you say are asking to the point of nearly DEMANDING that the United States provide more aid to address these situations around the world since our system of capitalism provides the most wealth and resources to improve the lives of these people in the same manner that those who are LIVING IN THE BELLY OF THE BEAST have their lives improved relative to others - desite their inability to appreciate this fact.

SO if this system that produces so much EVIL around the world and which has it's leader subject to PROTESTS is enough to pacify you that it is in face EVIL AT THE CORE then how do you rationalize why this same source of EVIL is looked upon for global leadership but not North Korea, Cuba, Zimbabwe, and the agents of Al Quadi and the Taliban?

Could it be that they are PROTESTING AGAINST BUSH because it might invoke a change? If they were to protest against Al Quadi, the Taliban, Mugabe or Castro THEY MIGHT BE KILLED OR LOCKED UP FOR AN EXTENDED PERIOD OF TIME.

Can't see it that way though, huh?
I guess the thread's title was just an attention getting device Roll Eyes Because the article clearly stated:

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Donna Davis of MoveOn.org, a political action committee, was one of a handful of Blacks who attended the rally.


So how do you get "Blacks in Denver Against Bush"? Oh, I get it 3 Blacks against/all Blacks against ... 100's of whites against/no need to comment!
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Originally posted by Kweli4Real:
I guess the thread's title was just an attention getting device Roll Eyes Because the article clearly stated:

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Donna Davis of MoveOn.org, a political action committee, was one of a handful of Blacks who attended the rally.


So how do you get "Blacks in Denver Against Bush"? Oh, I get it 3 Blacks against/all Blacks against ... 100's of whites against/no need to comment!


well, as is becoming one of my oft-used phrases on message boards: BOO-HOO! the title of the thread is open for interpretation because it certainly didn't say ALL or MANY blacks in denver against bush and yes, the title was intended to be appealing to the message board it was posted on.

no one was trying to cause you unrest about it but apparently that's what happpened. i didn't know it was that serious.
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Originally posted by Constructive Feedback:

It is interesting juxtaposing their hatred of Bush/America with the report yesterday from the United Nations and the worldwide growth of AIDs, the horrifying food situation in Southern Africa, the desperate condition of the Earthquake victims in Pakistan and other areas and the lingering effects of the Tsunami.


The same people who are usually on the attack in the areas that you say are asking to the point of nearly DEMANDING that the United States provide more aid to address these situations around the world since our system of capitalism provides the most wealth and resources to improve the lives of these people in the same manner that those who are LIVING IN THE BELLY OF THE BEAST have their lives improved relative to others - desite their inability to appreciate this fact.

SO if this system that produces so much EVIL around the world and which has it's leader subject to PROTESTS is enough to pacify you that it is in face EVIL AT THE CORE then how do you rationalize why this same source of EVIL is looked upon for global leadership but not North Korea, Cuba, Zimbabwe, and the agents of Al Quadi and the Taliban?

Could it be that they are PROTESTING AGAINST BUSH because it might invoke a change? If they were to protest against Al Quadi, the Taliban, Mugabe or Castro THEY MIGHT BE KILLED OR LOCKED UP FOR AN EXTENDED PERIOD OF TIME.

Can't see it that way though, huh?


i can't say why people are protesting against bush nor can i say it's that deep of an issue for me, to the point of wanting to put a lot of thought into what you're asking me to put thought into. *shrug*
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well, as is becoming one of my oft-used phrases on message boards: BOO-HOO! the title of the thread is open for interpretation because it certainly didn't say ALL or MANY blacks in denver against bush and yes, the title was intended to be appealing to the message board it was posted on.

no one was trying to cause you unrest about it but apparently that's what happpened. i didn't know it was that serious.


Oh, my bad...

I just get a bit riled when a see/sense Black folk being called to task, by Black folk, for conduct that those same Black folk ignore in white folk. Frown

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