Yesterday, several hundred high school and college students (and a smattering of Lincoln Elementary tykes, apparently) marched in Olympia in opposition to the war in Iraq. It was part of a larger, and entirely peaceful, effort, and a welcome change. I first heard about it from a returning student who apologized for missing class. "Don't be sorry," said a nearby teacher. "Just be ready for the consequences."
Exactly. I respect the decision of students who choose to walk out for a cause, but I still have to mark them absent unexcused. As Ben Folds once put it, "It's no fun to be The Man."
Update: Today's march was peaceful, too.
About 350 people marched through downtown Olympia this afternoon to protest the war in Iraq and show support for demonstrators who for 11 days protested and tried to prevent shipments of military equipment from the Port of Olympia.Also: photos from Friday's march. Look closely for MT McLaughlin, who lurks in a couple shots. [via Anne Fischel]
Update II: Rob Richards notes that certain Olympian photos of the port protests put some of the police response in a pretty bad light. His words:
I wanted to post a few photos from the Olympian that depict what I feel to be overly aggressive actions by the police. I don't want to start a huge argument, I want this to be a conversation about alternative responses the police could use. I realize that we can't get the whole story from just the photos, but let's just try not to turn this into a speculation-fest.Having heard and read multiple accounts, and having seen multiple videos and photos, I'd use "overly aggressive" to describe the OPD's tactics, too.