We started off with a grounding
prayer type blessing thing. Then we waited for the exact moment
when the anniversary of the A-Bomb went off at 4:15 PM.
There was a squeal from the bullhorn
and then a minute of silence while we contemplated our existence.
That was followed by a string of
interesting speakers. The guy in the green shirt is a survivor of
Hiroshima. He lost his father in that time frame and grew up an
orphan. After emigrating to the USA he was a farm worker for a
while, and more recently became a Baptist minister.
Tara (purple shirt) said that Livermore Labs has released enough
radiation to shorten many lives. It has also given many neighbors
cancer, enough that local cancer rates are six times the average
in the rest of the county. These are good reasons to march on the
Umi (orange/blue skirt) made such a
profoundly artistic statement that you must imagine hearing
terrible beauty to understand it. That's the best explanation I
can give you.
Food Not Bombs was dishing up
wonderful vegetarian food. I put $2 in their donation jar. Desert
was chopped fruit. That was good to. They had plenty for
The musicians were Emma and the
Revolution. Emma is the one playing a musical instrument. The
Revolution is the one dancing. Somewhere in there Emma said they
are from Washington, DC. She called California "a slightly
The woman in a blue shirt is a Russian anti-nuclear activist. She
to is deeply aware of cancer clusters around nuclear processing
facilities near her home. She put the number of people affected at
"almost half a million." She is worried about "political
adventurism" caused by the existing nuclear stockpiles and the
needs of current and future politicians to find ways to get
leverage from that.
Jill Stein seems to be the only
Presidential candidate going for the peacenik vote. At least this
was the only candidate table I saw there.
Wilson Riles Jr. wrapped up the
speaking by explaining that we were going to march down to the
front gate of the Livermore Lab and chain and lock the place
As the marchers gathered I started taking pictures of their signs.
About this time the people that were
so opposed to the bomb that they wanted to get arrested to
dramatize their opposition gathered to go do that at another gate
that wasn't padlocked shut. I didn't follow. Getting arrested
sounds expensive to me. I'd rather turn up my feelings by sharing
what I saw with you.
I'm thinking "Jacobs Ladder exists".
Sister Occupy of Modesto. I'm just
not sure how Catholic she really is. Fun to talk to though.
I think that's
the Occupy Oakland bus, ferrying people back to the BART