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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"

Sunday, November 21, 2004

sunday blues... and reds

all week, people have come by, talking their disappointment, distress, disbelief - how could so many people vote for an unconscionable man, for more war and hate & lies. we are all so relieved to live in a blue state, the biggest blessing most can see at this point.
then today, an older asian womon approached me in the yard - i'm having an outdoor sale, a monthly occurance when i'm doing biz as usual. this womon, mabel, often strolls by. we have exchanged simple pleasantries in the past, but today we have a long conversation, even tho we are severely handicapped by our language barriers. she tells me how sad & upset she is that bush has won. i say he didn't win, he stole this election too. she emphatically agrees. she tells me about how he has lied to the country, how he has taken over the media. she sets the whole stage exactly how it has been happening. then she looks at me triumphantly and tells me she has the solution. she says that a few months before the next election, we must send our young people to these red states, to these places where the truth, where knowledge, where thoughtful thinkers do not reside in great numbers - to these places we must send our young people to vote! she says we don't need all the votes here - we need them there!
i agree = i tell her about my travels but she tells me i'm too old - i need to stay put and place my feet in the air! ha! it is the young people who must move, she says - just for a few months - or maybe they need to stay longer to influence the others.