The Klamath Basin Peace Forum

July 3, 2007

4th of July Parade

Filed under: Uncategorized — kbpeaceforum @ 3:43 pm

The Klamath Basin Peace Forum will be participating in the Klamath County/Basin/City 4th of July Parade.

It is important to remember the difference between being in this “celebratory” parade and our efforts at times to protest and to demonstrate our opposition to this administration’s military activities in Iraq and its saber rattling towards Iran and other nations  with whose positions and policies the  administration disagrees.

We are participating in the 4th of July parade to make a presence about our presence in the community.  We are participating to show that we are as “patriotic” as any citizen.  We are participating to remind the community that we support peace and our troops.  We are participating as a piece of education about who we are and what we represent.

We are not demonstrating a particular action or policy.  This is not the purpose of our participation.

I am using we here as a rhetorical device.  I do not represent the views of all peace forum members.  I am trying to articulate why we will not be carrying signs against the war,  This is not a protest march or demonstration.

While we have a responsibility to constantly remind others of our dissatisfaction with current administration policies,  we also are a communioty organization with an obligation to demonstrate how we belong to the community and are part of it.

Please come to the parade.  Support us by marching with us, or by showing your support for peace by your claps and cheers as we march past.

Peace..

David

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