Singing for Peace

Watching video footage of Mayans in Chiapas confronting a Mexican military base by singing to the soldiers reminded me of the Estonian revolution against the USSR where Estonians likewise gathered to sing about their homeland to the occupying Russian Army. The tactic might not work so well in occupied Palestine or West Papua, but it might be replicated to good effect in the United States. There’s certainly plenty of US military installations and defense contractor factories around the country to make it a logistically simple method of involving people who oppose war to gather in peaceful assemblies. And unlike conventional marches and protests, it has a focal point with media–ready images built in.


~ by Jay Taber on September 10, 2008.

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