Labor Day at Camp Casey Detroit--Day 15
Get down, Get up!
Get out of Iraq!
Not the war machine!
Remember New Orleans!
If we ever thought we were in the minority in voicing our call to "Bring the troops home NOW!", yesterday's massive (47,000 people) Labor Day Parade here in Detroit showed us otherwise. We, my friends, are now in the majority!
The response we 100 peace activists received from those 47,000 union members, their families, City Council candidates and high school marching bands made it crystal clear that the people say NO to this war on Iraq, they want their sons and daughters, mothers and fathers, sisters and brothers home NOW, and are appalled that our nation was so ill-equiped in the face of Katrina's devastation in New Orleans and the Gulf States.
Whenever a delegation of marchers would first see our signs and banners, hear our chants and receive our flyers, they would raise their fists in agreement, wave their arms, give us the thumbs up, nod their heads, shout "YES!", flash us the peace sign, join their voices to ours in the chants, and invariably take the "No War" sign we offered and carry it proudly for the rest of the parade. The response was 100% against the war!
And these were the workers, folks who make up what is called Middle America.
Yes, there has been a major shift in public opinion and we here in Detroit saw it yesterday. So, watch out Washington! We have had enough of your aggression, arrogance, greed and lack of care or concern about us, the people. These people, the ones you choose to dismiss as unimportant, are coming together in ways you cannot imagine, and we are gaining momentum and confidence day by day. There is NO stopping us now!
September 24th in Washington, DC, you will see evidence of this grassroots resistance to your policies and wars. We will take over your city and there will be NO ignoring us then! Just wait and see...
So yesterday, Labor Day in Detroit, marked a new moment in the building of a People's Movement, and we at Camp Casey Detroit helped ignite the flames by our 15 days of 24 hours-a-day, 7 days-a-week commitment to saying NO TO WAR with our time, energy, minds, hearts and bodies.
And after holding our signs and banners for the hour and a half it took for the Labor Day Parade to pass our block there in Grand Circus Park, about 30 of us carried our message down to Hart Plaza where the Detroit Jazz Festival was starting for the day. The police wouldn't let us onto the Plaza, so we marched in a circle on the Jefferson Avenue sidewalk with our signs and banners. What I will remember about that vigil were the two young boys who joined us and started the chant, "Money for Schools, Not for War!"
Yes, we Americans are finally catching on!
--posted by Patricia