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Work 4 Peace,Hold All Life Sacred,Eliminate Violence! I am on my mobile version of the door-to-door, going town-to-town holding readings/gatherings/discussions of my book "But What Can I Do?" This is my often neglected blog mostly about my travels since 9/11 as I engage in dialogue and actions. It is steaming with my opinions, insights, analyses toward that end of holding all life sacred, dismantling the empire and eliminating violence while creating the society we want ALL to thrive in

Wednesday, August 25, 2004

Are you all, you know, are you women all, you know....

I got to vigil tonite on 42nd street, believe it or not!!!! UFB! It was great - as we unbundled the table and boxes and prepared to set up on the sidewalk edging a large city park a large city block from Times Square, a security guard instantly appeared. First he menacingly told us we couldn't stand there but we're well informed of our constitutional rights. The New Yorker I was with explained this was their weekly vigil, besides we have our First Amendment rights still. The security guard then hurried off to check with his superiors. He came back shortly, smiling, saying we can stay - then coming in close to murmur under his breath that he despised bush and is planning on voting him out come November!
We set up the CodePINK pink lemonade stand and began attracting New Yorkers as they rushed to the subway. The first womon who approached me, grabbed a flyer about the weekend and said quickly with much enthusiasm “Yeah, I've heard of you” and just as suddenly asked “Are you all, you know, are you women all, you know....?”
“Lesbian?” I filled in for her.
“Unfortunately, I regret to inform you that we're not all lesbians, not even the majority of wimmin in CodePINK are lesbians - but we certainly welcome all wimmin into CodePINK, as well as our supporters. CodePINK seeks and treasures diversity,” I assure her. “We would even welcome xians and republicans, as long as they are working for peace and against bush and his agenda.”
She seemed somewhat relieved, nodded briskly as she took our info and hurried off. We continued to vigil, handing out lots of pink lemonade and flyers, and registered two voters! Even though we were all exhausted, we stayed out until dark, it was so exciting and fruitful.