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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"

Tuesday, May 03, 2011

STRIKE May 2011: Day 3 - to be continued

May 3rd

My day begins with a long talk with another camper Mary, a compassionate quiet anti-war person who states she is not used to speaking out publically against war but seems to feel she must now. Her son-in-law, unable to find work, joined the army 2 years, much to their horror and confusion.

He returned from Afghanistan two months ago as he completed his two years, and immediately signed up for the CA National Guard, thinking he will be able to help in the state and avoid being sent back to Afghanistan.

He has his deployment orders for Afghanistan in January 2012. ... to be continued

Our day for education, public sector, health care focus in Napa! We join the students noon at Napa Valley College, and then proceed at 2:30pm to Napa State Hospital where we greet the hospital workers at their shift change, stand out on the side of the Highway, holding banners, chanting, handing out flyers. We are greeted by many honks, peace symbols, positive recognition and are very happy!

At 4:00pm, we head to downtown Napa and end up at another busy corner on 29 and 3rd street. We have an encounter with an angry stereotypical biker - black leather, studs, tattooed, chromed, and bald. He summons the gruff police, who turn soft when we begin to talk about teachers and education...  to be continued

And today is the day that other CodePINKers join the STRIKE and MARCH - I am THRILLED!!!!

STRIKE May 2011: Day Day 2 - evening to be continued

May 2 evening

We find our lovely campground in Napa, about a mile from tomorrow's actions, and set up camp. We have enough tents and sleeping bags, thanks to several contributors! yeah!!! The campground has a native plants garden and lots of hiking trails we hope we can do some exploring if we have time - we will have 2 nites here