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Denver Post
June 19, 2008

Anti-war group urges comrades to descend on Denver

http://www.denverpost.com/search/ci_9628658

By Bill Husted, Columnist


We can change the world.

That's the mantra of Come Up to Denver, a self-described "group of diverse people that have come together to promote the DNC Counter Convention, a networking opportunity for activists around the country."

Rocker Graham Nash wrote "Chicago" after the turbulent 1968 Democratic National Convention. The lyrics - "Won't you please come to Chicago/ No one else can take your place/ We can change the world/ Rearrange the world" - became a peacenik anthem that still swims in my head (although younger reporters here at the Post have never heard of it and begged me not to sing it to them).

Come Up to Denver mouthpiece Laura Kriho says she obtained permission from Nash to rewrite the song to "Won't you please come up to Denver" - and you can see a video of the band Freedom Kage performing it at comeuptodenver.org. The video shows scenes from Chicago, Abu Ghraib, Iraq - and Denver. There's also a shot of Chicago's Mayor Richard Daley that flips to a pic of Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper.

Says the website: "On the 40th Anniversary of the 1968 DNC in Chicago, it is a sad sign of the times that we didn't have to change one word of Graham's song, except for the place. As in 1968, we have a war to stop, and it is only the Power of the People that can do it. Come Up to Denver! With strength in numbers, we can end the war and show the world how to live in peace!"

Are you ready, Denver?

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