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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

Wednesday, March 08, 2006

Celebrating International Women's Day

Several hundred women gather at the park in the bright, warm sun to hear once again the women from Iraq speak to us – and several American women who also speak, including our injured Cindy. Cindy cannot walk with us but will meet us at the White House – she tells us she will not be stopped by this brutality but will continue to exercise her constitutional rights. She says if she gets arrested at the White House, she will only hope that they grab her by her uninjured arm!

We do a ritual, facing each of the four directions. The police presence is limited but obvious. We have mostly always been treated fairly by the Washington D.C. police.

One of the Iraqi women has made a hot pink banner saying ‘end the occupation’ in English and Arabic; another holds a hot pink poster that says ‘peace’ in many languages – except Hebrew.

I meet women from all over the country and a few women for other countries: one woman is from El Salvador; another women is living in Italy; and yet another comes from China. We walk across the street to the Iraqi Embassy.

The women from Iraq call upon the ambassador to come to the gate, where the police line prevents us from entering, and take the our petition with the over 100,000 signatures. After a few moments, someone does come out to talk. When he realizes what we want, he refuses to take the petitions but does wave and welcome us. Hmmmmm – more than what the U.S. Mission folks did!

We continue through D.C., around Dupont Circle, thru Lafayette Park and to the White House. People along the route take the flyers and cards we hand out – for International Women’s Day and for Mother’s Day and for CodePINK. Some bystanders actually join us. I think our numbers swell to close to 1000, maybe.

We arrive at the White House & begin another rally. Women from the U.S. who have lost their children speak; and women from Iraq also speak. We end with an open mike where women – and a couple of girls - speak about how to end this war.

Peace, sam


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