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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, 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!