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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"

Monday, May 08, 2006

For those of you who think protests don't make a diff

I stopped at a gas station in the middle of nowhere Iowa – in fact, I passed the exit & had to travel 8 miles down the freeway before I could turn around & head back so I could purchase diesel at Citgo, the first one I’ve seen on the freeway.

When I went inside, the very young white woman cashier read my shirt, “Women say ENOUGH!”. I asked her if people in her ‘town’ were saying BASTA! yet about the war.

"Heck yeah," she says – they like that 'heck yeah' here in the middle of the country I guess.

She asks me if I had been in Grinnell 'a ways back'. She's referring to a ways back when they had an anti-war demonstration. Grinnell is the next town over, maybe 20 miles away. She tells me her & her fiancée were driving thru there 'a ways back' & they saw someone hold a poster which said that we were spending over $230 million dollars EVERY DAY on this war.

“For what?,” she says, her voice & face reflecting my own despair & pain, “For what?”