On Saturday, February 4, 2012, as I was on my way to look at art in the galleries, I encountered the beginning of an anti-war gathering and march in Duffy Square (the top of Times Square), where 7th Avenue and Broadway intersect around 47th Street. The day was officially called Day of Action–No War on Iran, and was part of “International Days of Action,” a set of demonstrations against the sanctions being imposed on Iran and the growing talk of the possibility of an (Israeli) air strike against Iranian nuclear plants. Although representatives of many organizations were in attendance, the chief organizer of this New York City protest was The World Can’t Wait, an organization established in 2005 to repudiate the Bush administration.
After gathering in Duffy Square at 1:00 for the good part of an hour, the march headed south down Broadway, then turned east after several blocks, its goal being the headquarters of the US mission to the United Nations and the Israeli Consulate. I stayed with the group of some 500 marchers until they turned east; then I continued on my way to Chelsea to see art shows.
Below are my photographs of this event. I sub-title my post “Anti-War Portraits” for reasons I hope are obvious as you scroll through this blog post. Here are my photographs roughly in the order taken.
|Edith and Nydia|
|Nydia and Jacques|
|Nydia and Jacques|
|The Raging Grannies and their Daughters|
|Model of an Unmanned Drone|
|Crowd: Duffy Square, Looking North|
|Sign Cluster: Duffy Square|
|Stars Aren’t Born…|
|Jack below George M. Cohan Statue|
|On the Move: Down Broadway|
|Ryan: Broadway Plaza|
In the lower picture, Ryan (in leather jacket), who had come in from Tampa, FL, sits in the plaza just above 43rd Street eating his lunch as the demonstrators file by him. What an introduction to the city: a front-row reviewing stand…or maybe those demonstrators become Ryan’s personal welcoming procession!
In his response speech, Daniels than falsely blamed President Obama for our unemployment and our national debt, for dividing our nation and its peoples, for disparaging “people in business” and carrying out a “pro-poverty policy.” He even had the chutzpah to insist that congressional Republicans were totally innocent of placing “obstacles” in the way of progress and he assured the nation that Republicans “put patriotism and national success ahead of party or ideology or any self-interest.” Talk about psychological projection!–I know, we weren’t until I brought it up; but what a bunch of lies.