I went to the J.L. NOW Chapter meeting at Cabana Cove Thursday
evening (Jan 6) to invite them to join CodePINK in the MLK March Jan. 17; wear
pink and support our peace efforts.
The NOW Chapter meeting focused on ideas for their 2005
agenda. They consensed to work on domestic violence and living wage
issues along with interviewing candidates for the upcoming local
election. When it came my time to speak, I suggested working on
stopping the war; was, basically laughed at and told "there will
always be war!" No one said one supportive thing. I never got
to even inviting them to join us MLK Day. Sorry I didn't do much of
a sales job for peace.
Saturday, Jan 8, I worked with CodePINK Orlando with a table
and was scheduled to speak at the Fl NOW Conference in Palm Beach County
this weekend (78 women showed up for this). I drove down to the hotel
(at $100/night); was insulted and yelled at when I walked in by the NOW
registration people (I had paid $60 to register for the conference, $40 for
the table (w/CP Orl), found not one NOW woman there helpful. I
set the table up Saturday and grossed $95 selling our tees, buttons,
bumperstickers; some women there thought we were so cute.
Before noon, 3 women made the following comment on
CodePINK and I quote "You guys are cute, keep up the good job."
The third was a reporter from the Palm Beach Post and, keeping in mind my
sour attitude, 9 new dead soldiers, I replied as
follows: "First, we are not guys, but, most
importantly, we, obviously, are not doing that great a job as 9 more
soldiers died for the oil profiteers! No, we are doing a
lousy job or you and thousands of others would be in the streets right now
protesting this war! Good Grief! There are no WMD, Iraq is no
threat, we have Saddam, WHY are we still there? I tell you, it is a
perpetual war economy and I cannot believe that people are just going about
their lives like everything is normal!"
The woman at the WIMSEY table next to our CodePINK table told
me I was weird and she didn't want to talk to me. Darlene of
CodePINK Orlando said she would do the 10 minute speak on
CodePINK at the plenary session on Sunday, and I left and got back
to Gainesville last night. WHEW! I'm glad to be
So, if you made it this far with the story, what do you think we
should do next with trying form a coalition with NOW? Should we invite
the women of the Campus NOW and the Gainesville Area NOW