I'm going to the March On Washington (against the surge) on Saturday. The website says that people will be "assembling" on the mall at 11, and the actual march starts at 1. Since I'm not a big fan of assembling, I was wondering if anyone else would be there, and, if so, whether you might like to meet beforehand. Any suggestions from DC people on where one might eat a decent lunch, be able to get to the march on time, and not get swamped by gazillions of people would be great.
Since I remember the brouhaha about the ANSWR marches before the war began, I would like to provide this simple interpretive guide to my presence at the march. I am going because I oppose the surge, and would like to make my opposition known. This is the only large-scale march near me that I'm aware of. My presence at a march is not normally a sign that I endorse the people who are organizing it; it's a sign that I endorse whatever people are marching for. This has limits: I would not, for instance, participate in a march put on by the KKK or the American Nazi Party. On the other hand, since I do not normally spend huge amounts of time researching the sponsors of marches, it's perfectly possible that I might turn up at some march sponsored by an organization that's dreadful, but that I'm not familiar with. In this particular case, the American Friends' Service Committee is a member of UPJ, and they're good enough for me. I suspect that if I were to read through the list of member organizations (I started, but gave up; it's too long), I would probably find some that I really dislike among the many that I admire. But I'm not going to bother. I dislike the idea that before I can engage in any form of public political action, I have to investigate all the people involved in it for ideological purity; and besides, life is short.