By now, you surely know to avoid the intersections of Mockingbird Lane and North Central Expressway beginning around 5 p.m. today; yeah, if you need something at Mockingbird Station -- oh, I dunno, a new sofa or something from American Apparel -- you'd best tend to it before this evening. Otherwise, you might get stuck in the "pro-peace rally," as it's being called by organizers, that kicks off at Mockingbird Station only to wind its way westbound on Mockingbird to Potomac Park -- you know, behind the La Madeleine. C'mon -- where they're putting that George W. Bush Presidential Library, which will be a "symbol of the misinformation spread by the Bush administration leading up to the invasion of Iraq."
Hey, that's the organizers speaking. Me, I am all for misinformation.
Of course, that same missive we got late last week also insists, "This is not an anti-Bush protest, nor an 'anti-war' protest. It is a rally calling for peace and for the end of violence in Iraq specifically. (Would you call a pro-life demonstration 'anti-choice' or a pro-choice demonstration 'anti-life'?) Many who are on board are protesting the Bush think tank, as well." The Potomac Park event sounds particularly retro: "Musicians, poets and speakers will perform at an open mic block party, including Bill McDannell, a VIETNAM VET and former pastor of the UMC who is walking from California to D.C. for peace. Tables will be set up for artisans and activists to present their wares."
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You want more info about the rally, visit this site. You want more info about Bill McDannell, well, there's actually a story about him today in the San Diego Union-Tribune. I visited his site this morning too, and from the sound of his journals, he's having a swell time walking the country to protest the war. Last night he slept at the Southside on Lamar lofts, where some of the rally organizers live, dined with folks on a meal of "kabobs, roasted corn and Greek potato salad," then "sat and talked while the Dallas skyline glittered around us." That's called walking a thousand miles for a kabob. --Robert Wilonsky