Who is on the NO DRONES/NO SURGE Bus?
When folks give me all the valid, practical, sensible reasons they cannot possibly take 5 days out of their lives to get on the bus to Creech, I am forced to ask: “If everyone is busy working, busy taking care of families, busy going to school, busy studying a new career, busy renovating, busy traveling, busying maintaining our life styles, WHO is going to be there to END WAR?
Well, tomorrow 15 such people will take the time from their busy lives to get on the bus and CodePINK truck, to do NO SURGE protests at military bases from the bay area to Nellis AFB, Las Vegas Nevada, and to continue with NO DRONES protests for several days at Creech AFB, Indian Springs, Nevada in the stunning Mojave Desert.
Who are these womyn and Ralph?
The youngest woman is in her early 30’s, the oldest 82 – and all ages in between with most being in their 50’s or 60’s. Several are Jewish, most are white, and one is Iranian.
At least two women have almost-grown children who were killed, several have children who are lost, others never had children; most have children and maybe grandchildren who are so proud of their moms and grandmothers!
Two come with back injuries, one comes sick with a cold that will blossom on the road, two others are recovering from strokes, most are clean and sober, one needs her drink.
At least one is a veteran, some come from career military families, one is a red diaper baby, another the prodigy of religious right parents. One a daughter of survivors of the holocaust, another the daughter of Germans.
Few left husbands behind, several are divorced, most are single women, at least one is a Lesbian – but everyone left family, biological and chosen, in the wings.
Some womyn are first generation U.S., others have some ancestors here before the Mayflower and one came soon after, while still a couple were not born here but immigrated.
We'll have on board artists, teachers, nurses, photographers, politicians, career women and full-time moms (some at the same time) who never received a salary. Most come from the beautiful Bay Area, one lives on a cooperative intentional community farm in the country, yet others hail from the hills, some from the flat lands.
We will spend two amazingly rewarding, sometimes grueling days busing from the MRS (marine recruiting station) in Berkeley, CA and protesting at three more military bases – Travis, Lemoore, Fresno – on Saturday, and four – Edwards, Barstow, Ft. Irwin, and Nellis – on Sunday.
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