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Monday, December 20, 2004

Inauguration Action. Turn Your Back on Bush

Inaugural Action. Turn Your Back on Bush. The right to protest has been seriously restricted in recent years, especially under the Bush Administration. Bush rarely had to face a dissenting voice during the presidential campaign since his events were screened. Only supporters were allowed to attend. This poses a real problem for people wanting to attend Bush’s inauguration to express their displeasure/disgust/dis-ease.

A creative response to this problem is the “Turn Your Back on Bush” protest. According to their website, “We're calling on people to attend inauguration as they are: members of the public. Once through security and at the procession, at a given signal, we'll all turn our backs on Bush. A simple, clear and coherent message.” The organizers are asking people not to wear anti-Bush buttons, carry signs or banners which might identify people as protestors. Just show up and turn your back.

Of course, there are also direct actions planned. The DC Anti-War Network is planning a permitted anti-war rally away from the Inaugural Parade. They are also planning “a nonviolent civil disobedience die-in.” There is also a rally planned for Harrisburg on the day after the inauguration on Friday, January 21, 4-5 PM. The Harrisburg rally will take place at the Federal Building across from Strawberry Square, 3rd and Walnut Sts. More info on the Harrisburg rally is available from


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