Friday 23 September 2011 Olympia—Before the peace vigil I was at the Cherberg Senate office building on the Capitol Campus. The Citizen Commission for Performance Measurement of Tax Preferences had a hearing about tax preference and scheduling and some other difficult to understand stuff.
At the hearing I testified about the increasing disparity in wealth between those with more and those with less, and I did my best to suggest the committee might work toward tax policy that would reduce this disparity, rather than actually encourage the disparity to grow. You can find more information about the Citizen Commission here: www.citizentaxpref.wa.gov/
As I made my way to the vigil, I found some drummers at Bus-chut-wood, near the corner of 5th Avenue and Water Street (the area also known as Heritage Park.) I stopped to listen, and they told me about an event in early October. From October 7 through October 10 there will be drumming 24 hours a day, at the same location, as part of Turtle Women Rising. More information about that here: www.turtlewomenrising.com/
This has been an Olympia Fellowship of Reconciliation Peace Vigil production.
more information: Olympia Fellowship of Reconciliation Vigils
It was an interesting Friday Evening peace vigil. Great weather and a good turnout: there were lots of people and goings on at Percival Landing.
One reason it was unusually interesting was because there were two young men at the vigil with interesting signs —signs that were not all too understandable for me. I've talked with them briefly before at previous vigils, and yet I'm still unclear about their ideas.
Both signs had wording on both sides. On sign a, one side had the words, "I support Israel."
The other side read: "Know for certain where you will spend eternity!"
"Call upon the name of Jesus and you shall be saved!
Repent, confess, and Believe."
The other sign, on one side read, "Wide is the gate to destruction, and narrow is the gate to life."
The other side: "my King, my God, Jesus died for you."
Interesting sights and sounds at the vigil, as usual. Here is a video with more peace vigil sights and sounds:
p.s. Some Reasons Why I participate in the Peace Vigil at Percival Landing+:
It's been a few years now, and occasionally I think back to those first few Fridays at the peace vigil. It was anger and frustration that drove me! It was mid-way through the second Bush years, 2006 if I recall correctly, and I held a homemade sign that read simply, "Impeachment." I was angry because of the appearance of deceit and betrayal by some of our nation's holders of high offices.
It was also a high tide yesterday evening at Percival Landing. Keep a look out for more high tides in the next day or two.
Please join us at the vigil!
Friday 22 July 2011
Olympia F.O.R. peace vigil
Some of the signs that people held included:
U.S. empire is NOT sustainable!
Create peaceful foreign policy.
Practice peace in daily life.
America needs peaceful jobs!
Invest in peace, NOT war!
Peace for our children (and how about all children!)
How is the war economy treating you?
Act from love, not fear.
U.S. out of Afghanistan!
War is bankrupting (and impoverishing) the U.S.A. (and the world.)
War is terrorism with a bigger budget.
Create nonviolent solutions.
Change to peaceful foreign policy.
Friday 15 July 2011, peace vigil at Percival Landing.
End predatory economics!
Another world is possible!
Olympia Fellowship of Reconciliation peace vigil at Percival Landing, every Friday during rush hour, join us! more information: olympiafor.org
Friday 1 July 2011
Olympia Fellowship of Reconciliation weekly Percival Landing peace vigil.
This week with special support for the Gaza Freedom Flotilla. More information at ustogaza.org.
Pericval Landing peace vigil, Friday 17 June 2011, Olympia!
More information about Richard's travel to Gaza: lopeztogaza.wordpress.com/
Ranging from investments and profiting off of war, to the products of sweat shop and slave labor, to the effects of industrialization on the environment...
It's going to take a lot to truly practice peace in daily life.
“Thoroughgoing ignorance about the ways of others is largely a privilege of the powerful.”
– Kwame Anthony Appiah
from Cosmopolitanism: Ethics in a World of Strangers