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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

Thursday, September 21, 2006

....because we can!

We walked across the Golden Gate Bridge this morning – it was awesome and awe inspiring! We in the Bay Area are so blessed to live in the most beautiful part of this country!

When I returned home this evening, a womon called to tell me she had seen us on the news & was so happy that we did something today, International Peace Day. But she was also very perturbed seeing less than 100 activists came out to this beautiful protest and was asking where the hell were people?

I ask her whether she was one of the protesters this morning, to which she answers “no”. I ask her why she didn’t make it and she tells me she was busy –she’s new to the Bay Area and is trying to find housing.

“Well,” I tell her, “you’ve answered your own question.” She’s confused. She could not be expected to come this morning; she has a valid reason for staying away.

I tell her everyone who didn’t come this morning had the same reason as she did – there was something they deemed more important than coming to work to end war.

And everyone who came, also had the same reason for not coming – but they chose to work later, find housing later, participate now.

When people tell me they have to work, I tell them so do I. When people tell me they have to go to school, I tell them so do children in Iraq. When people tell me they have to stay home, I tell them so do women in Iraq. When people tell me they have a doctor’s appointment, I tell them so do I.

I continue to give her my “we are so (fuckin’) privileged in this country, we can choose to continue our lives as usual while we’re bombing the hell outta other women, children, and men.”

And THAT is why less than 100 people showed up this morning – because we are privileged and we are taking advantage of our privileges.

March Across Golden Gate Bridge International Peace Day

CodePINK:Women for Peace is calling all Bay Area women and our allies to help kick off International Peace Day, Thursday, September 21st with an early morning rush hour March across the Golden Gate Bridge.

We are heeding the call put out by Declaration of Peace to engage in a week of protests, marches, and non-violent civil disobedience to end this horrific war against Iraq.
We will be naming this action a Celebration of International Peace Day & will carry banners that say “DECLARE PEACE” “It’s time” and “RISE, WOMEN, RISE” (from Julia Ward Howe’s original Mother’s Day Peace Proclamation).
We are planning on gathering before 8:00a.m. in the parking lots on both ends of the bridge; then we will proceed across the bridge towards each other.
We are in the process of getting a permit for this march for those people who are not interested in civil disobedience.
If you are interested in sponsoring this action with us, please respond to this email or call 510-524-2776 ASAP! We will be having a final organizing meeting Sunday, September 17th 6:00p.m. Please spread the word!
Just show up on Thursday morning!
In pink peace, power, protest, participation,