Wednesday, May 27, 2009

want to throw your shoes at bush?

this friday(may 29th), george bush and bill clinton are speaking in downtown toronto

there's a city-wide rally planned " to say that war criminals are not welcome in toronto"

i think this is a good idea. ever since obama was elected people/media have been acting like george bush is just this silly footnote in american politics. like he's just this simple man who got trapped in the presidency and just couldn't avoid the horrible things he did.

that, is bullshit. people have agency. the president of the united states especially has some agency and can decide things like 'hey, do i want to go to war with iraq illegally and for no good reason, needless murdering countless civilians?" or things like 'hey, do i think that women should be able to access safe and legal abortions?' you know, minor decisions like this.

the rally information is below. i especially like the shoe-throwing. if you don't know about the shoe-throwing, in december an iraqi journalist muntadhar al-zaidi threw his shoes at george w. bush during a press conference in baghdad to which bush made a "surprise visit"
in march, al-zaidi was sentenced to three years in prison for assaulting a foreign head of state and in april his sentence was reduced to one year.

there are a lot of varied reactions to the shoe-throw but the way i see it, it was the most honest reaction to bush i've seen in a really long time. here's this president who is acting like he has no idea what the hell is going on, isn't taking responsibility for the inhumanities being perpetuated on iraqi people, and is all 'ima surprise visit you suckaaaas'. that a person would feel so much rage that he would take the only weapon he had, his shoes, and try to pummel the president with them is a reminder that what bush did shouldn't just be passed off as mistakes or 'bad choices' because what he did didn't just effect lives--it destroyed lives. and maybe the careless and willing destruction of life is something that deserves a shoe to the head.

Friday, May 29
Metro Toronto Convention Centre, 255 Front Street West
(the location of George Bush's speaking engagement)

3:00pm to 5:00pm: 'Unwelcome' Bush activities
- Music, drumming, shoe-tossing (bring your old shoes), unveiling of the 'unwelcome' mat

5:00pm to 6:00pm: Main rally
- With guest speakers and musical performances

For more information, please e-mail

The Toronto Coalition to Stop the War is Toronto's city-wide anti-war coalition, comprised of more than 70 labour, faith and community organizations, and a member of the Canadian Peace Alliance. | | 416-795-5863

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