June 19, 2008
Anti-war group urges comrades to descend on Denver
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
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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