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Work 4 Peace,Hold All Life Sacred,Eliminate Violence! This is my often neglected blog mostly about my travels across country in my mobile billboard truck as I attempt to engage in dialogue with people in hopes to wake us up and inspire action to change our country and communities and selves. And 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 and life we want

Sunday, January 14, 2007

Mandate for Peace Tour Begins!

I feel so very well sent off on this journey – several wimmin have come by the office to give me a hug, strength and well wishes, not to mention handing me supplies like $100 for a tank of bio-diesel, organic juice and lots of dark organic chocolate!

Regretfully, I have to top off with diesel – biodiesel doesn’t run under 40 degrees and it is freezing and getting colder where I’m going!

At the gas station, several women come up to speak with me. I am struck once again with the intensity with which these women talk about ridding ourselves of the bush regime and the need to end this fuckin’ war. I invite everyone to seriously consider coming to D.C. I hope they come.

Faithful to my tradition, I pull out of the crisp, sunny bay area listening to KPFA for as long as I can. I’m listening to a report back from the media conference in Tennessee first and then to quotes from Martin Luther King.

I have totally spaced that tomorrow is Dr. King’s birthday and the actions I was planning for in front of Congresspeoples’ Offices in Phoenix and Tucson = the Peace-In – aren’t going to happen.

I decide there are too many reactions from drivers passing the truck to count until I am really on the road: i.e. out of California. As I drive down 5, I’m still dismayed by the ugly pale haze that seems ever-present from Oakland to L.A. It’s as natural a part of the scenery as paint on a canvas.

Folks react very positively to the message – some hanging out their windows or poking thru sunroofs. I do get one fuck you from an angry white man, late 30’s, driving that new mega-monster pickup truck!

My drive to L.A. is uneventful. I pick up some things at the CodePINK house in L.A. Lovely Liz makes a delicious vegan meal for us, I work for a couple of hours putting out alerts and answering email and then I’m back on the road again.

Coyote trip

Driving down I5 today, a coyote appears on the side of the road.

She is pouncing like a kitten, as if trying to capture something. I feel blessed to see her and feel she is pouncing for us!

I also see so many kestrels, perched on fence posts and tree branches, as well as soaring over the truck!