With one day's notice, cold rainy weather, and a protest that started during work hours (4:30 PM), Minneapolis still produced somewhere between 1,000-3,000 (based on media estimates and my guesses) people for today's emergency anti-war demo and march through the streets of downtown Minneapolis. Compare that to about 5,000 - 8,000 for the last big protest/march, which was announced well in advance, and was on a weekend. I think the level of commitment that speaks to is quite impressive.
In a sick sort of way, I was relieved that our glorious leader started the war ASAP. Frankly, we all knew it was going to happen, and waiting for any big change always makes me extremely tense. Now it's time to go out there and give a big "fuck you" to war, imperialism, and blood for oil. Getting involved in anti-war activism is exciting and empowering, even if the necessity for it is depressing.