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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

Friday, October 14, 2011

Three white males (one a non-practicing Mormon) and another white womon show up for the racism meeting tonite. I am disappointed but not surprised. It is a great group and people share their experiences and commitments to combatting racism.

We decide to recommend we add a new hand signal, the time-honored one for "time-out", t-shaped hands, to bring whatever is happening to a halt if we hear something that is racist, sexist, homophobic, classist, name-calling.

We do not make a time for another meeting but it is a good beginning. We'll see what the G.A. decides!

Flyer for public & MLK dedication this weekend!

10 years too long!
We’re sick and tired of being sick and tired:
·            Of wars
·            Of occupations
·            Of torture
·            Of killings
·            Of UAV DRONE & Robotic weapons
·            Of Pentagon spending $1 BILLION a DAY
     We’re fed up! We won’t take it anymore:
·            NO cuts
·            NO more bank bailouts
·            NO more tuition increases
·            NO more non-existent/substandard healthcare
·            NO more corporate rule!
·            NO more tax breaks for the rich
We represent the 99% and we are against all wars!
We are occupying Freedom Plaza until our troops come home!

Join us! Join any of the 618 occupations thus far around the country!

Dearest Kevyn to the rescue!

Kevyn is in the truck when I barrel in. She has not been able to hear the meeting from where we are parked. When I tell her what happened she is ready to fly out the door.

I am vindicated and supported so much by Kevyn. She GETS IT! Immediately. And she's not even Jewish!

Kevyn, in her clear, non-threatening, endearing way, faces the crowd and gets them to explain to her what happened. Most of the participants heard the anti-semitic remarks & seem to be shocked into inaction. Several did not know that I was hushed and told I was not following procedures. Kevyn makes it very clear what happened and what our response should have been.

We form a racism, sexism committee that will meet tonite and make recommendations to the g.a.

Jews are all wealthy and rule the world!

A womon actually makes that statement today at the g.a.

I attempt to interrupt her speaking by saying wait a minute, that's anti-semitic. I get "shushed" immediately by the white male facilitator.

I look around the circle of people who are not saying anything. I protest trying to make the point if she said "Blacks are lazy, Chinese are studious, Chicanos are shifty" everyone would be interrupting (I would hope).

I get told that I am out of order. I am out of order? Not this woman making a racist statement? I am stunned - and scared. I leave abruptly.