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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"

Wednesday, October 20, 2004

back to jacksonville & medea speaks!!!

I returned to jax or j'ville early in the wee hours this morning, slept for a few, took some time to update journals. Then i picked up Cindy Sheehan from her hotel. Cindy is yet another one of our heroes. She is a mother who has suffered the death of her child, which in and of itself, is and has always been an incomprehensible tragedy. My 101 year old grandmother, who lost her daughter many years ago when my mother was only 52, still spoke up until days before her death about how it was utterly wrong & unfathomable it is for a child to preceed her mother in death.
But cindy knows her child was killed because he was a good and honorable man who believed in serving his country so he followed a commander in chief who lied, misled, and totally used him in order to secure riches for this chief & his friends.
Cindy doesn’t like to be called brave: she says it is casey who was brave. He went into the army proud & idealistic; he went to iraq to protect us from non-existent danger; he went into battle unprotected – he was yet one more american soldier without proper armor. Cindy is here in florida, she flew in last nite, to bring her message to us, to do her part in defeating this bush regime, to insure that her son’s death will not go unheeded, and to mourn the loss of her son, a war hero who gave his life for bush’s war.We spent the afternoon talking, riding, bannering, eating, crying, and laughing together. It was way too short. Cindy agreed to pass for republican & get us tickets to go see bush on saturday. To be continued

florida update quickly - more

i can't tell you how many cities we've been in, how many events we attended, actions we've done, ironing boards we've set up, undecided voters we've spoken with, hysterical bush supporters we've spoken with, adament determined kerry supporters we've shared hope with - over and over two things always come up in floriday
1) no matter how many times kerry supporters put their signs up, their stickers on - they get taken down or destroyed.
2) i forget what the second thing i wanted to say but COME TO FLORIDA if you can - bush has already started cheating - the only way they can win here - anywhere really - lying and cheating.
okay so briefly, these are the actions i've been party to - there are many more happening elsewhere of course:
thursday: fort myers - pink slip cheney; street banner waving sarasota
friday: cp meeting, 1000+ casket memorial on the beach meeting sarasota, table tampa greg palast town meeting
saturday: pink slip bush west palm beach - yes, across the state of florida; met independent documentary film maker who has tons of footage for us!
sunday: jacksonville connections - yeah for progressive coffeehouse folks! fuel coffee house ROCKS!
monday: first day of voting - banner drop, jacksonville; rally noon w/jessie jackson and march to early voting site - the ONLY one in the county!
tuesday: PINK SLIP GLENDA HOOD - tallahassee codepink wimmin ROCK!!!!
details later
tonite: medea benjamin speaks at fuel coffee house - she's joined by cindy, a mother who has lost her son in iraq & is courageously speaking out about bush & his lies!
we're on a roll!!! and we're turning into an avalanche! COME TO FLORIDA if you can - or to another swing state. stand on the street, engage UNDECIDED voters in conversations, pass out information, encourage folks to PINK SLIP the BUSH AGENDA!!! see you here! peace, sam