By Joe Scarry, from Scarry Thoughts
Coming off our experience this past weekend once again protesting against drone killing, drone surveillance, and related acts of militarism at the Chicago Air and Water Show, I am more confirmed than ever in my view that air shows are a very effective place to get our message out to the public.
I should start by saying that the Chicago event is a free public event that takes place on public space along the Chicago lakefront, so it is especially suitable for public speech. Understanding that other venues may not afford the all of the same characteristics of the Chicago event, I offer several observations:
|Chicago Air and Water Show|
(1) The perfect nexus
When the war planes are roaring overhead, it is very easy for people to understand why you are there talking about war and weapons of war.
This is very different than the situation we so often encounter trying to speak to people on a street corner, where people rush on by, eager to get on with their busy lives.
There’s nothing like an F-22 coming in low over the reviewing stand to focus people’s attention on the problem of war.