Wake up – vandalismhas no place in politics
An incident last Friday night wasn’t exactly what a Carbondale political action group called Wake Up Now had in mind with its motto.The organization’s “Magic Bus” – which holds a cache of yard signs, bumper stickers, buttons and literature about Democrats running for national, state and local offices – was vandalized while parked in a vacant lot on Main Street. An unknown person or persons smashed the windshield with a rock.Jane Veit, a founder of the group, said she suspects the vandalism was politically motivated. “At this time things are really heating up,” she said.Wake Up Now started in Veit’s kitchen when a group of friends was informally talking about their concerns over President Bush’s policies. That led to the group’s formal creation last November.Group members gather at Carbondale Town Hall once every week to read the names of American soldiers killed in Iraq. Members also successfully urged the Carbondale Town Council to pass a resolution opposing certain portions of the U.S. Patriot Act, anti-terrorism legislation that many people feel infringes on civil liberties of all.But the group’s main focus is the ouster of President Bush and the election of John Kerry.”The biggest issue is to get the administration out,” Veit said. “That’s the big push.”Kerry/Edwards signs are plastered on the sides of the “Magic Bus,” as are signs for several other Democrats running for various offices. On the windshield there is a small sign that says, “When Women Vote Democrats Win.” In big bold letters a different sign says, “Wake Up Now.”It appears somebody took aim at the motto and threw a rock that cracked the windshield in the form of a big spider web. Veit said she filed a police report even though the chances of catching anyone are slim.If the vandalism was politically motivated it’s a poor way to express opposition to someone else’s views, she lamented. It won’t deter the group’s efforts. The bus will remain open to circulate materials. Veit said only Kerry’s election could force the disbanding of the group.Scott Condon’s e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org
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