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Work 4 Peace,Hold All Life Sacred,Eliminate Violence! I am on my mobile version of the door-to-door, going town-to-town holding readings/gatherings/discussions of my book "But What Can I Do?" This is my often neglected blog mostly about my travels since 9/11 as I engage in dialogue and actions. It is froth with my opinions, insights, analyses toward that end of holding all life sacred, dismantling the empire and eliminating violence while creating the society we want all to thrive in

Thursday, September 16, 2004

L. what's christian about bush - las cruces

las cruces is a HUGE city, sprawling thru the high desert like l.a. stretches over the basin. we follow the signs to downtown & as we're driving, we spot kerry-edwards headquarters & in we go! the rooms are bustling w/folks working hard to get kerry elected in new mexico as well as 16 boxes of pizza, which rae & i both decline. we talk w/the volunteer coordinator, who has come from boston to spend this time in new mexico. she tells us their strategy is to focus on the registered democrats & the undecided voters - which there are plenty of in that state, especially the western part including las cruces. she takes one look at the truck & then gives us her treasured bumper sticker that she's been hording for the right moment, sayinng she'd be honored to have it travel cross-country w/us! it says "it's up to the women: vote" "john kerry". so that has an honored place on the side of the truck w/the others!
as we're leaving las cruces we pull into a gas station to fill up & ask about a mail box. the young man, manager written across his shirt, tells me he can mail them in the office. i tell him these are vitally important documents, voter registration forms. he assures me he personally make sure they get mailed, altho he himself is not voting. he lives in texas, which is less than an hour away, and thinks bush might be doing a great job, he's not sure. i tell him i'm sure, bush is doing a terrible job at best. i run thru the state of our economy & this fellow nods his head, agreeing he has witnessed the downfall of the eonomy first hand. he comes out to the truck w/me to get a voter registration form. he asks about codepink & then says he thinks we should just bomb the whole country & turn it into a parking lot.
i stare at him for a moment & i say 'okay, so it's alright with you if we kill someone's mother, someone's child, someone's wife?'
'well, they're terrorists.' he says a little less firmly.
i say 'they're human beings, people just like you and me. you are talking about killing someone's mother and grandmother and children.'
'well, i didn't think about it that way,' he says. i say you have to think about it that way.
he asks for more codepink information. he agrees that a vote for bush is a vote for rich people. he asks for another voter reg form for his girlfriend, saying he will pass this info on to her & talk it over w/her.
i think he was sincere and hopefully ready to vote against bush! peace, sam


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