Howdy Pinks and Peace Pals, (Be sure to read the poem at the end of this report!) I, too, made the trip to Miami for the protest A28 I caravanned with Luis,Message 1 of 1 , May 1, 2007View SourceHowdy Pinks and Peace Pals, (Be sure to read the poem at the end of this report!)I, too, made the trip to Miami for the protest A28. I caravanned with Luis, PDA, et al from Jupiter to Miami. I taped a pink slip on the outside back of the van that said, "IMPEACH" and had the WOMEN SAY NO TO WAR" AND "CODEPINK" bumper stickers prominent. Saw several CodePINKers at the protest: Leslie from Orlando, Kathy from Daytona Beach; pink was very visible. I handed out the CP business card with the website address and Florida yahoo group addresses on it, also about a hunded Peace Ribbon flyers. I carried 3 pink slips on a dowel, hung with clothespins: They say: 1st: Fire Bush; 2nd: Cheney; 3rd: IMPEACH. Kept chanting: PINK SLIP BUSH and sung it in various ways! It was very hot, no shade, very energetic folks, good to feel the vibe, briefly, of my old stompin' grounds, Miami. Police were much more relaxed -- packs of them on bicycles were a little intimidating; but no Robo cops or tanks like at the FTAA. Calm, smiley brown shirts, helmets and sunglasses.We got lots and lots of positive response. Glad I went; glad to be able to SHOW UP; glad to be a voice for peace. I camped on the Loxahatchee River in Hobe Sound A28 night with some old Jamaican friends from my days in Pahokee. One rasta friend reminded me, he said -- "don't worry about the results down the road, whether he gets impeached or not, just know that you have your spirit and heart where it belongs--being righteous; it takes a strong person to stand up for peace."See you in the streets today, May 1, 6 pm at the Community Plaza! I'll have PINK LEMONADE! Come to the May Day rally! Lots of music, speakers, tables, education, and surprises!Soon!Jacque Betz468-2101----- Original Message -----From: LuisSubject: Why Demonstrate"All tyranny needs to gain a foothold is for people of good conscience to remain silent."
Luis, Progressive Democrats, notes on Miami:
We left Gainesville Saturday at 6:30 in the morning and arrived back at 1:00 AM on Sunday. We stood in the hot Miami sun for 4 hours, including a twelve year old girl who wanted to help, wearing the Chain Gang costumes, and little water. None of that was fun, nor is it fun for those who do it in G'ville with less activists participating every day because they have given up on everything. Those who quit have been effectively silenced, exactly what the corporate media wants.
From 1776 through Viet Nam and the Civil Rights movement it was always the few who kept the fires of freedom burning, they were the nation's conscience, they had no e-mails, there was no click and send. What did those activists do it for? Certainly not for fun, They did it because they thought that a better world was possible, they did it because it was the right thing to do. They did it not to be covered by the media but in spite of the media.
In South Dade there was one of the biggest demonstration ever, and let me tell you the rest of the story, it was inside thousands of thousands of cars, mostly loaded with entire families out on a Saturday afternoon. The vast majority of them demonstrated too, they clapped, cheered, thanked us and many of them came by later with signs in their cars, many did it multiple times, thus the demonstration took a turn and merged with traffic on Kendall Avenue. Saturday afternoon impeachment and peace activists bonded with thousands of citizens in Miami. That made it all worth our troubles.
So, if the big media did not cover it, does it mean nobody saw it? does it mean it never happened?
Does it mean it was all for naught?
I know not what others will do and it is not in me to judge them, but I will continue the struggle until the last breath escapes my lips.
Thank you Jack Lieberman for the post below
"Below is a powerful note from activist Brad Stocker about a mother & son who turned out at our "Reject the Bush Agenda" demo yesterday. It is, as he says, a reminder of one of the many reasons we go out on the streets."
"Subject: Why Demonstrate
today was as these things go a success.
but ahora estoy hablando en serio cuando te digo esto:
but now I am serious when I tell you this:
lo que me partio el alma
what broke my heart
y me mostro el porque de la protesta
and showed me why demonstrate
fue cuando me presento una madre
was when I was introduced to a mother
cuyo hijo esta en irak
whose son is in Iraq
y estaba en la manifestacion
and she was in the demonstration
porque su hijo le habia pedido ir.
because her son had asked her to go
y ella llevaba la foto de el
and she carried a picture of him.
A su lado estaba el hijo menor
at her side was the younger son
cuyo miedo por su hermano
whose fear for his brother
04/30/07 DoD Identifies Marine CasualtySgt. Peter Woodall, 25, of Sarasota, Fla...died April 27 while conducting combat operations in Al Anbar province, Iraq. He was assigned to 8th Engineer Support Battalion, 2nd Marine Logistics Group, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, N.C
U.S. Deaths Confirmed By The DoD: 3337 Reported U.S. Deaths Pending DoD Confirmation: 14 Total 3351
I agree. The Government control over the media cancels out protests and
the message of being anti-war in Iraq is a negative message, not a
positive one. A positive one could be Respect the Sovereigny of
Afghanistan, Iraq, Iran and all other countries in the Middle East.
[Respect Sovereignty, for short]
Glad you had a good time but these protests against Bush/Cheney are not
> getting into the national media.
> Do you really think these protests are effective? The only way I know if
> anything happened is when you post the details of your trip for us to
> Nothing on TV except candidate debates this Sunday.