My impression was that the march was pretty mellow, and more of a gathering of different voices, than one single protest for a single cause. Sure, we were mostly all protesting the war and Bush, but in so many different ways that were asking for so many different things. I’ve seen documentaries on the organiziing of the famous 1963 Civil Rights march and that was much more unified on a message for what action was desired (jobs, freedom) and professionally serious. I shudder when I see the hippie protesters on drums, as if it was a party. I wish organizers would wear suits like they did in the 1963 one and keep that serious, angry, protesting stance.
I also believe it is more effective to go for what you want, vs for what you don’t. To be for something, rather than against. I wish we could get behind something simple like “US troops out of the middle east in 6 months” or “impeach Bush.” The NeoCons are brilliant on staying on message and sacrificing their specific individual goals for the good of the overall cause.
Riding back on the bus I did feel good though. I had done SOMETHING.