Demonstrations organized by the World Can’t Wait Coalition took place Wednesday under the slogan “Drive Out the Bush Regime.” The demonstrations, held on the first anniversary of President Bush’s reelection, mobilized thousands around the country and gained widespread coverage in the corporate media. Most of the mid-week events consisted of marches and rallies, with 2,000 marching in San Francisco, 1,000 in Chicago, a few thousand in New York City, and several smaller events around the country. The most interesting events yesterday were the walkouts that took place at numerous high schools, including a walkout by a thousand high school students in Seattle.
Unfortunately, while any public manifestation of dissent against the ongoing occupation of Iraq is worthwhile, the World Can’t Wait Coalition is a front group for the Revolutionary Communist Party (RCP) a group that has a long history of attempting to position itself as “the vanguard” of various popular movements. While World Can’t Wait successfully mobilized a few thousand people against the war yesterday, there is reason to believe that once ultra-sectarian “left” groups, many of whom, like the RCP have no popular base, start to dominate the antiwar movement, they run the risk of alienating both the “mainstream” and “radical” elements of the antiwar movement who will be turned off by the duplicitous and manipulative ways in which these groups will attempt to use antiwar activity for their own ends. International A.N.S.W.E.R., a front for the sectarian Workers World Party (WWP), has drawn similar criticism in the antiwar movement over the past three years. It should also be noted that Sectarian fighting significantly decreased participation in the antiwar movement against Vietnam from the late 1960s to the war’s end and diminished the movement’s effectiveness, thus prolonging the war.