Thursday, January 11, 2007

Taking a Stand

I have always regretted that I was not really old enough to defy my parents and really do the peace movement thing back in the Vietnam era. Tonight I finally got the chance to stand with those I support - and take a stand for Peace.

My first peace protest. Some of the nicest, most sharing and caring people I've met in a long time - all with the same agenda - from all sorts of walks of life. The lady in the designer outfit with the faux(?) fur coat - to the guy in the blue jeans and ragged coat.

Some photos:

There were about 3 signs this big that I saw walking around. Not sure if it was the same people, or different groups.

This was the group across the street from where I was. In total, I'd say we had about 4 or 5 times this many people, at a very busy intersection near the train station in downtown Glen Ellyn.

The guy with the peace sign banner came over where I was for a bit - it's really pretty. I love that shade/hue of blue.

Pay no attention to the fat lady in the funny pink hat behind the sign - but Honk!! Lots and lots of people honked. We had a lot of support, and only one guy that I saw who flipped us off and shouted something hateful - but I couldn't hear him or understand it, so I ignored him.

I will do this again.


Anonymous said...

Well, I was an idiot when I was young. I believed my mentors, how stupid is that?

Thank you so much for going.

A big hug for you.


Anonymous said...

Good for you. It's really important to do things when you feel strongly about them. I was a peace activist in the 60s. I have marched in huge marches and even handed out leaflets at the entry to a military base while my Ex was in Vietnam.

This war is just as bad or worse than Vietnam. They have something in common actually. The Gulf of Tonkin incident that took the U.S. into Vietnam was manufactured just as Bush manufactured the reasons for Iraq.

So hang in there. I'm proud of you.

The Dark One said...

While the comparisons between Iraq and Vietnam are valid, I wasn't aware that the Gulf of Tonkin conspiracy had advanced from theory to fact. Care to explain?

Anonymous said...

I rather like the hat. :D

Good on you.

DivaJood said...

You GO, Girl! All across the nation, we stood for peace.

Anonymous said...

I think being on the street has more effect than our blogs do. The media talks about street protests.

Ours is every Saturday.