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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, October 10, 2011

Bound together

We were bound together by our determination to risk arrest and fight for the right to Occupy Freedom Plaza! There was a brief moment of unbelief hearing we have a 4 month permit, then a shocked icy free fall as when a force pushing against you suddenly disappears.

I have slept on the plaza every night from the 6th until tonite. Tonite I will sleep in my truck, where Kevyn has been sleeping, holding the home front together!

Tomorrow we get to end the free fall and risk arrest for shutting down Congress!!! I'm thankful to the Park Police for removing one obstacle so we can focus on our real work of ending money for wars, shutting down corporate greed!

One child's sign

We walked around the inner circle at McPherson Square today where the “Occupy Wall Street” protest is being held. There were probably at least 150-200 hand-made signs around the circle: only SIX dealt with the subject of anti-war and peace.
This was one child’s sign:

Please come to D.C. and help us!!!

Maybe they really do support us!

We are all reeling! The permit the October 2011 organizers obtained for us to occupy Freedom Plaza from October 6th to 10:00pm last nite, has been extended for FOUR MORE MONTHS!

We
know our Constitution is really our permit to occupy but, as you know, cities now try to make those of us wanting to exercise our Free Speech rights and our rights to hold our government accountable, obtain a city permit too.

This permit will allow us to occupy the plaza without risking arrest for occupying, thereby freeing us up to risk arrest for shutting down the Pentagon, or Congress or war profiteers or any other part of the Military Industrial Complex and END WARS NOW!!!

So start getting in gear! Start planning! We NEED you here! Come for a day, a week, a month, an hour! Stay until enough citizens of this country decide that ending wars is our number ONE priority in life!

Today we talked with a career military general who told us the only way we will end wars is if 500,000 - one half million people - come to join us at Freedom Plaza. He was serious. We asked him if he would be one of the 1/2 million and he said if 499,999 show up, he will be the 500 thousandth!

Oh well, still a coward - but at least he had the courage to speak with us!

Policeless Dawn