oklahoma city, once again
it was great meeting pam & talking about o.c., codepink actions, and their future plans - it looks like they are going to be leaving o.c. by the fall, off to vermont!!! but there are still other active codepink wimmin in o.c. - i look forward to meeting them as well.
deann told me they had to get a permit to demonstrate at the capitol! i couldn't believe it. i suggested they ask the aclu if this is constitutional, which i don't think it is. we thought it was a measure inacted after the o.c. bombing - and pam insisted they were quite liberal with the permits - they just wanted to know the details.deann joked about the number of police cars that passed them when they demonstrated, calling it a one police car action, or 2 police car action - she said their biggest action was a 7 police car action!
they both felt there was a lot of hostility towards them - lots of reports of people being run off the road if they had kerry stickers, kerry signs being torn down & disappeared, obscenities & shouts & threats from the good old white boys if they tried to demonstrate or vigil. i really wished i had time to vigil or do an action w/them but 5 days delay is a lot for me to deal with.
as we pulled out of o.c., we saw that starbucks had invaded the western outskirts!!! they said they were open for a month now... i requested organic fair trade espresso & they said they'd look into it!
at the border of oklahoma & texas (the panhandle), i stopped to fill up - i do not like to spend $$$, let alone stop, in texas so i make sure i'm full before i head across the border - it is only about 200 mile thru this part of texas to new mexico. as i park & jump out, an older white man approaches me with a 'i love your truck' spoken with such a southern drawl i have to really pay attention to hear. i smile & ask him where he's from. he points behind him & says something that sounds like 'why just over there in comfort'. i nod as if i know what he's just said. then he tells me something like 'where are all the republicans? there ain't none in all of southern oklahoma - everyone i axe is democrat so i want to know where the hell that man got all those votes he claims he got?' i may not have understood the words but i sure did understand the disbelief and disgust. he told me to keep up the good work & i told him the same!
we continued across the panhandle without stopping & without incident (it was dark) & headed to new mexico to tucumancari, where we spent the nite! peace,sam