Nassim explained that the Greens
believe everything is connected to everything else, and that our
struggle has a global and a local component. She urged people to
get involved in our struggle to develop world peace.
That Jewish Voice for Peace talked
about how cruel the Israeli occupation of Palestine is. She urged
us to divest from companies that do business with it.
I talked about my Grandfather who
had been a dough boy in WW I. He and my father had argued a lot
about the Viet Nam war. I had learned so much about the world from
listening to that. Now I pursue peace by sharing pistachios at
Then the Raging Grannies sang a few
songs urging us to look beyond business as usual scenarios.
They were followed by this woman who
did a dance for peace. The song she danced with had the word
"wait" in the lyrics over and over.
Sherat then explained that he would
dance for peace to the tune of Michael Jackson's "Heal The World."
After the musicians played a tune
for peace we rushed off to march with Team RWB in the Veterans Day
Parade. We were plenty early for that. What made it great was a
chance to push stickers among the veteran community in this huge
parking lot while the parade was assembling. What made it chilling
were the large herds of teenagers in uniforms doing synchronized
rah rah routines. The event was clearly about military tradition
getting passed down.
The parade itself wasn't that much.
Just a couple of miles or so, past lots of military families and
every one else that wanted to watch a parade in San Jose that
I had a moment when the announcer
said in part that "Team RWB is all about connecting veterans with
their communities." I'm happy to be part of that!
Got to march under a huge American
Flag at one point.
Then we went up to pay respects to
my Grandparents in El Cerrito. It was MUCH smokier up there. They
were so much closer to Paradise burning.
Left a flag from the march on my
Grandfathers grave. Left a bouquet of flowers on my Grandmothers.
It was about what they had wanted me to do.
Going into the El Cerrito Plaza BART
station the farecard machine ate our BART tickets. The station
agent gave us these to get out with. He said "Don't even bother
with those other tickets."
Notice the bungee cord holding the bikes in place. That keeps them
from drifting very well.