We stopped by the EndUSWars “No You Can’t!” Anti-Escalation Rally in Washington, D.C. today. We offer below audio from the event featuring a performance from The Mayor of DC Hip-Hop, Head-Roc, speeches from and interviews with Congressman Dennis Kucinich (D-OH), Cynthia McKinney and members of the DC Statehood/National/International Green Party. In our interviews one question we continued to ask is about the seeming disinterest among those who come to DC to protest anything but what actually happens in DC.
We continue to argue, similar to comments made today by Head-Roc, that “IF” — meaning “Indigenous First” — we do not address the fact that the oppression this nation doles out to the world is built upon, fueled and made possible by the initial oppression of those here than we are foolish to expect such a nation to be any better towards similarly viewed “others” and “lesser-thans.” Where are the national rallies against poverty, police brutality, mass incarceration and gentrification or in support of reparations and the freedom for political prisoners? How about an end to that escalation? We support the struggles of many people around the world, we just think they are doomed if this current peace movement is their best hope. For it remains that “the bombs we drop overseas explode at home.” — Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.