March 22 Anti-Capitalist Bloc And Breakaway March In Burlington, Vermont

After a rousing march from City Hall Park to a rallying point overlooking Lake Champlain, the anti-capitalist contingent invited others to join them -- by explaining “civil disobedience this way” -- in an unpermitted march, which grew to between 500 and 1,000 people. Lead by banners reading “Drop Capitalism, Not Bombs; for a World of Direct Democracy and Mutual Aid,” “Neither Militarism Nor Capitalism,” and “Unite against This War; Don’t Despair, Resist,” the breakaway march stretched across both lanes of traffic as it wound its way through the streets of downtown Burlington. The breakaway was accompanied by an impromptu marching band and a variety of loud chants, including “News for the people, not for the Pentagon” in front of the “local” Gannett newspaper office, and “The bombs are dropping; no more shopping” on the Church Street Marketplace by the mall. A highlight for longtime Vermont anti-authoritarians was the moment when the breakaway march, numbering in the hundreds, stood in front of the Federal Building and proclaimed, “1, 2, 3, 4, the whole world says no to war; 5, 6, 7, 8, organize to smash the state.” Best of all, though, was the space that the breakaway initiated for nonhierarchical organizing and a greater diversity of tactics in the near future as part of Vermont’s growing antiwar movement.