As the Bush administration continues to stoke the fires of war, at least a few Americans are growing red-assed, white-knuckled and blue in the face about the effects a never-ending battle against terrorism will have on our country. While some may fear that anti-war views will be patriotically pooh-poohed if voiced, Tom Ness is not among them. A local Green Party activist, Ness and other metro-area lefties are planning an anti-war march and rally for Tuesday, March 12. The march will begin at Swords Into Plowshares Peace Center and Gallery at 33 E. Adams in downtown Detroit. A rally and concert at St. Andrew’s Hall, 431 E. Congress, will follow at 6 p.m. With Marcus Lee as master of ceremonies, the evening will feature local musicians and poets. Among those slated to speak is writer, filmmaker and hell-raiser Michael Moore. The event is a fundraiser for the Afghan Women’s Mission and the Revolutionary Association of the Women of Afghanistan and local humanitarian charities. Tickets are for sale at Record Time in Ferndale, the Cass Food Co-op in Detroit and at the door. Cost is $10. For more information phone 810-231-0739 or 248-336-9241.
Also on the peace front, Women in Black, a Detroit group that opposes the U.S. bombing of Afghanistan and Iraq and opposes Israel’s occupation of Palestine, will hold a silent protest Saturday, March 9, at noon. The Detroit group is inspired by the Israeli women who protested their country’s occupation of Palestine with a silent protest in 1988. To experience the power of silence, join the Women in Black Detroit at the Dearborn Armed Services recruiting station at 22022 Michigan Ave. And be sure to wear black. For more information call 313-567-7295.Tracy Minnis is an editorial intern and Ann Mullen is a staff writer for Metro Times. Send comments to [email protected]