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2/15: The Day the World Said NO to War [Hardcover]

By Arun Gandhi, Keiron O'Connor (Photographer), Barbara Sauermann (Editor) & Connie Koch (Editor)
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"One little person giving all her time to peace makes news. Many people giving some of their time can make history"-Peace Pilgrim

"Peace is a daily battle for dignity"-Arundhati Roy

"[A] new force for peace and justice throughout the country and around the world has been generated . . . strong enough to stop outrageous wars and creative enough to bring lasting change."-Leslie Cagan

This stunning full-color collection of photographs and statements is a stirring document of the largest peace demonstration in history.

A dramatic collection of 131 photos from peace demonstrations spanning 38 countries. Amsterdam; Baghdad; Bombay; Cape Town; Dhaka; Glasgow; Karachi; Moscow; New York; Rio De Janeiro; Ross Island, Antarctica; San Francisco; Seoul; Tehran; Tel Aviv; Toronto are among the many cities featured. A forward by Arun Gandhi, grandson of Mahatma Gandhi, and contributions from Kofi Anan, Noam Chomsky, Gunter Grass, A.L. Kennedy, Michael Moore, Camille Paglia, Tim Robbins, Susan Sontag and many more comprise a moving and motivating document of the largest simultaneous peace protest in history. 2/15 captures the thoughts and emotions of February 15, 2003 and the 30 million people from around the world who marched, danced, sang, and shook the globe in their opposition to an imminent U.S.-led war against Iraq. As international and diverse as the protests themselves, the images and ideas within 2/15 express opinions and questions which resonate far beyond the Iraq crisis, while preserving the most captivating moments and messages from this historic movement for peace.

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Item Specifications...

Pages   211
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.75" Width: 8" Height: 6"
Weight:   1.38 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Nov 1, 2003
Publisher   AK Press
ISBN  1902593855  
ISBN13  9781902593852  

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More About Arun Gandhi, Keiron O'Connor, Barbara Sauermann & Connie Koch

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Arun Gandhi, born in 1934, is the fifth grandson of Mohandas K. Gandhi, also known as Mahatma Gandhi. A journalist for more than thirty years for "The India Times", Arun now writes a blog for "The Washington Post". Arun serves as President of the Gandhi Worldwide Education Institute and travels the world speaking to governmental leaders, as well as to university and high school students alike, about the practices of peace and nonviolence. He lives in Rochester, New York.

Arun Gandhi currently resides in Memphis, in the state of Tennessee. Arun Gandhi was born in 1934.

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The imagery of global protest  Mar 13, 2008
The largest peace movement in the history of the world. More than twelve million people, on every continent. All before the war had begun -- pre-empting the pre-emptive war.

It's easy to focus on these rather simplistic formulations of the events around Feb. 15, 2003 (and similar protests following the start of the war on Mar. 20), and for the most part, this book does not venture beyond them. The editors have amassed an impressive array of images from these demonstrations, many of them from independent and non-commercial photographers, and that is no small task. 2/15 is certainly a worthy book -- in many instances, an exceptionally beautiful one -- in the annals of the Iraq peace movement, but there is little contained that would lift it from the coffee table to the library shelf.

While for the most part the editors let the images speak for themselves, there are enough snippets of text included -- from speeches given at the time to sympathetic essays and narratives written after the fact -- that a thesis does emerge from this collection. Through visual imagery the editors argue that, contrary to appearances, the peace movement succeeded. While the movement was not able to stop the United States and its allies from invading Iraq, it was able to mobilize millions of people around the single goal of peace. Robert Muller is quoted proclaiming: "Never before in the history of the world has there been a global, visible, public, viable, open dialogue and conversation about the very legitimacy of war. Shock and awe has found its riposte in courage and wonder" (130).

It's true that around the globe people turned out for peace, but it was never clear what "peace" meant, exactly, and it is yet to be seen whether this mobilization created a viable method of change. A German journalist wrote of the movement, "In pop, fashion, and youth culture, being for peace is an attitude or a business, if not both" (47). The hip anti-Bush crowds in Europe were probably not motivated by the same forces as the Muslim throngs in Indonesia and Turkey. Protesters in the Philippines, South Africa and Northern Ireland likely had a different conception of the empire to which they were standing up than the Midwestern Democrats who had supported sanctions on Iraq throughout the 1990s.

This may seem to be splitting hairs, and in some sense it is -- there is no doubt that the global movement against war in Iraq was a watershed moment, and one this book aptly captures. What it also conveys, however, is the movement's uncertainty for the future. "The fact that this effort could not prevent war reflects not the weaknesses of our movement," David Cortwright is quoted as saying, "but the failures of American democracy and the entrenched power of US militarism" (116).

The reason this book falls short in reaching to explain the movement is precisely because of the mythologies from which it acquires its poise; that is, words like "peace" and "democracy" and "freedom." A somewhat meandering preface by Arun Gandhi laments that in modern democracy "there appears to be no machinery that citizens can use to stop the perpetration of violence in their names" (15). Yet Gandhi and the book in general offer little to overcome this obstacle to a democracy to which they continually appeal -- just continue speaking your mind, live simply and peacefully.

It is unfortunate that in seeking out almost exclusively "indie" photographers, the book does not include some of the more iconic photographs from the mainstream press. But ultimately the collection is strong enough to stand on its own as a historical record -- and, to my knowledge, the only one so far.

For all the bluster of the speeches contained in the book, demonstrations are never really about who is on the stage but who is in the street, and in this sense, 2/15 succeeds admirably in placing the cheering, dancing crowds in North America, Europe and Asia before an ominous military police presence.

"There is nothing inherently superior about resistance," writes Susan Sontag toward the end of the book. "It depends first and last on the truth of the description of a state of affairs that is, truly, unjust and unnecessary" (146). 2/15 could have been stronger in articulating that truth, but it does an impressive job of illustrating the resistance.

See images and the full review at Galeropia,
An international cry for peace!  Jul 15, 2006
With stunning photos, "2/15: the Day the World Said No to War" powerfully documents the largest world-wide anti-war demonstration in history, exhibiting snapshots of marches in Japan, Chile, Antartica, South Africa, Denmark, Spain, the Netherlands, Iraq, Australia, Israel, Bangledesh, France, Argentina and the U.S.A, among other locales. This beautiful montage of inspirational pictures testifies to the diverse concerns, perspectives, strategies and dreams of an international movement for peace and global justice.
It's All About Impressions  Sep 7, 2005
There are first impressions (we get only one chance at those) and lasting impressions. This book gives the reader both in case the reader missed the worldwide outpouring of anti-war sentiments and protests prior to the Iraq War. At quick glance, the reader can flip through the pages, getting a glimpse of how the world felt that day...yet on closer look, the reader can also read some poignant commentary that should leave a lasting impression. All in all, having witnessed that incredible day in history and documented it, I enjoyed reliving the vastness of that world protest, seeing people of all stripes in a show of peaceful solidarity. This is not meant to be a heavy tome about war and peace, but a way of gaining an impression or two about one day that will go down in history as the greatest outcry against war.
A naive depiction of a well intentioned but inept movement  Jun 8, 2005
I was in NYC on 2/15 as the director of a statewide peace group. We sent five busses that day. Not too bad given the pre-event threats of arrest after the unreasonable refusal by the city to issue an appropriate permit that would have accomodated the hundreds of thousands of peaceful protesters. If we could have assured everyone's safety we probably could have sent 10 busses or maybe even 20!

2/15 for me represents much of the reason why I've become disenchanted with the political ineptness of the peace movement and its leaders. This book is a prime example.

On the back cover there's an adpation of the old Margaret Mead quote about people "changing the world." A noble cause, yes. But to achieve change you need to have realistic plans and tactics.

Take the photos from NYC in this book as a prime example. In one photo a woman compares Bush to Stalin. Yes, Bush is a horrible president. Comparing him to Stalin, a man arguably worse than Hitler, is not just hyperbole, it's complete idiocy. In another photo is an elderly woman with a sign that reads "*&$% Bush." OK, another understandable sentiment. But does this win people to our side?

The examples go on and on. The trend is generally obvious - 2/15 wasn't about changing the world or about convincing others to join our side. It was an expression of anger. It was a forum where ticked off people could vent and get together with others who felt the same. While that might make for good therapy and get everyone all riled up and motivated, it does not change anything. In fact, events based on anger (versus trying to change people's minds) usually result in the exact opposite. Those who oppose us simply marginalize the movement even more and depict us as out of touch wackos.

For once, I just wish the peace movement would focus on actually recruiting undecided Americans to join the cause. You don't do this through angry street protests. You do it by reaching out to moderates and conservatives who agree with our dissent. And yes, they do exist! But we dismiss them because they're not "liberal enough" for our tastes.

Near the end of "2/15" is a photo of anarchists with a huge banner that reads "*&%$ the Army, *&%$ the Cops." While this certainly doesn't represent the entire peace movement, not by any stretch, it is telling both that the photo is in this book and that other peace activists are so comfortable in working with groups who would use such rhetoric.

Ironically, those who suggest other ways to express ourselves - waving an American flag while protesting the war - are viewed as somehow "untrustworthy." There is no such photo in "2/15." Many within the movement have given up on the flag and the good that it can represent - freedom, democracy and human rights - when in the right hands. But when you've given up on the flag, you've given up on other Americans. "Changing the world" then becomes an automatic impossibility.
Visually stunning...  May 25, 2004
This book is visually stunning... Very well photographed and nicely put together... It's a tribute to the power of the people when we all get together and what can happen... My favorite photograph is where someone is holding a sign that says "there's a village in Texas missing an idiot" - we all know who they're talking about... To me this book shows how many people strong the present day revolution really is, and that's scary to the government - to actually see it in visual - how many people are against their decision on the war/occupation of Iraq... Buy it, it's a visual document of anti-war protest history in making... Viva revolucion - Savannah Skye...

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