Camp Casey Detroit

Tuesday, August 30, 2005

Day Nine at Camp Casey Detroit

Camp Casey Detroit Day Nine

By Abayomi Azikiwe

Last evening was Monday Night Football in Detroit and Camp Casey Detroit is located just one block from Ford Field. Tens of thousands of people flooded into the area for the game between the Lions and the Rams.

We had a captive audience and it was quite interesting to see what the response was from the professional football crowd. Many people were positive and supportive. Others gave the thumbs-up sign and even gave us a smile along with a donation to sustain the camp.

Patricia went over to the entrance of the stadium holding a two-sided sign saying "Money for our City, Not for War", and "Bring the Troops Home Now." She reported later that most responses were positive although some shouted
"Get a Job", etc.

Later an accoustic guitarist was brought down by a nice lady who introduced him as a professional musician named Chuck. He jammed for about two hours playing blues and rock tunes. He said that he had toured once with John Lee Hooker, who settled in Detroit in Black Bottom during World War II after coming up from the Delta Mississippi region.

Ron Scott of the Detroit Coalition Against Police Brutality came by and discussed the new police re-organization plan which has been implemented by the city. He attended the press conference held by the Mayor earlier in the day.

On Tuesday we prepared for rain which was in the forcast. This is the third time that we have experienced showers. Saturday was the most challenging when it rained buckets around midday, however, after one hour the sun was coming back out and we continued the Camp activities in full force.

Charles Brown, an attorney and longtime activist, dropped again during his lunch hour and we soon began discussing some recent developments in southern African politics, including the current situations in Zimbabwe and South Africa.

I later mentioned that the US military had bombed a border area in Iraq with Syria and reported killing nearly 50 so-called
"terrorists". Everyone knew that it was more than likely innocent families that were massacred. These developments clearly illustrate the desperation of the Bush administration in response to their losses in occupied Iraq.

Earlier Fran, another attorney who worked with MECAWI in the early days and still supports our activities, dropped by with a delicious banana bread dish as well as hundreds of leaflets describing the Camp and promoting the September 24 anti-war march in Washington, D.C., which MECAWI will be attending along with over 100 people as a delegation from Detroit and Ann Arbor.

The rain started again around 3:45 p.m. We covered our tables with literature and put up our umbrellas. The collective spirit continues.

7:18 PM

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