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Work 4 Peace,Hold All Life Sacred,Eliminate Violence! For now, I’ve returned from my Joiyssey to participate in the "revolution":I’ve been at many Occupy sites across the country:1st in D.C. Freedom Plaza I faced & challenged racism/white supremacy, sexism/patriarchy, classism, heterosexism & eventually was kicked off the island; then I offered workshops as I drove to CA:“Anti-Racism Geared for White Occupiers”; “NO DRONES” "Successes and Pitfalls of OWS"

Saturday, September 18, 2004

what's christian about bush - finally almost home!!!

we were in yuma this a.m. at the crack of dawn - hardly anyone was up and about, this early saturday morning, altho there was an older white womon, probably in her 70's, very tan, very fit, lots of gold adorning her body in a short white tennis outfit, driving a late model american sedan - someone who might be for bush. she calls me over to her car & tells me i am totally right about everything =- do i love to hear those words! she says we HAVE to get rid of bush. i ask her how long she's lived in yuma. she looks at me funny & says, 'why all my life honey!'
she thinks folks in yuma are not fooled by bush but she's nobody's fool.
yeah!
off we go to the espresso shop - yes, yuma, arizona were it is 88 degrees at 6:00 in the morning, has an espresso shop - and it's not a christian place but it does have a young womon, 23 years old, behind the counter who doesn't think she is going to vote. in fact, she asks me, what election, when election, who election. i tell young wimmin like her about her foremothers and how wimmin, as well as men of color, earned the right to vote in this country. she nods solemnly and then leaves to help another customer. i'm pleased to see her returning to continue to talk.
when she says she doesn't have an opinion about politics i ask her if she has an opinion about her friends going off to fight a war. she does & she doesn't think it is right. i ask her if she has an opinion about her friends having jobs. she states the economy is pretty good in yuma, it is a booming town. i ask her if she cares about the other 8 million u.s. workers that do not have a job - she is. i ask her if she'd like to register to vote. she tells me she's already registered - i'm skeptical until she says some guy came into the coffee shop and badgered her just like - she motions to me. i grin & give her codepink info which she says she'll distribute during her break!
on to la jolla & my first delivery - by the time we reach l.a., our poll is 25 yeahs to 6 f.u.s to 2 thumbs down - and that's southern california! heading up 5 to the bay area, we only get yeahs!!!! at least 22 before dark falls again! peace, sam