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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

Saturday, July 12, 2008

El Paso and Reyes

I am waiting to hear back from the El Paso CodePINKers. I'm hoping we can do a peace-in at Sylvestre Reyes' office. He is one of the "Gang of Eight" =- the eight congress people who were informed last spring that bush is spending $500,000,000 to spy on Iran and concoct support for invading that country.

We did a "Walk-In-Their-Shoes" and peace-in at his office the last time I went thru El Paso - and one in Las Cruces too. It was freezing cold so it must have been in January 07 - wow, 2 winters ago!

Reyes is supposed to be a democrat but he is tightly connected to the leadership. I hope we can do an action there Monday! We'll see.

not political...

The young woman behind the counter at the free wireless coffee shop I find in Las Cruces tells me I am making quite a fashion statement.

I am wearing my straw hat with pink boa and my pink "Stop Funding, Start Impeaching" t-shirt.

I ask her if she's heard about CodePINK. She asks me if that's a breast cancer thing.


As we talk, she tells me she's not political. I confuse her as I say neither am I. I just care about who is getting bombs dropped on them by our military and who is not.

I ask her if she cares about who is dying. Her eyes have glazed over as she struggles to maintain a neutral face. I can see southern politeness warring with her Republican ideals. She ends up smiling weakly and assuring me that the lentil soup is totally vegetarian.

I invite her to speak with me at my table if she wants. She eventually comes to collect my empty bowl but refuses to sit at my invitation. She asks me why I say I'm not political. I ask her if she thinks waging war is political. Again she has that blank expression in her eyes as her face struggles to remain shapeless.

I say war is moral. Her face settles into approval. Yes, she says, it is a moral decision to wage war, as she removes my bowl and leaves for the next customer.


The first billboard I notice is the black one with white writing: "One nation under me" signed god.

I haven't seen the other god ones - I might have missed them as I've been driving mostly at night - I missed the "what part of 'thou shalt not kill' don't you understand?" signed god.

The next interesting bill board has one line with 2 sentences and blank boxes before each sentence like a voting card:

___ Cross fingers ____ fight global warming