We went into Circuit City in two waves. First, a group of parents had a meeting with the store manager, and then the district manager. The rest our group started handing out flyers to those entering the store. Our message was simple. We didn't like Circuit City pitching war games to our children, and though it especially offensive to have a large number of Army recruiters all over the store encouraging kids to shoot up the enemy for fun. Of course, the recruiters got in on the discussion, explaining that they were serving as good role models and trying to teach a little patriotism.
We got the district manager's name and told her that we were going to complain in writing to corporate headquarters. That was the final straw. She said "out with everyone." We asked whether that meant the recruiters too, and she said yes.
On the way out, she said that she was against the war, that bringing them into the store was a terrible idea, and that she was sorry. We left with a load of free Circuit City "T" shirts that nobody really wanted.
Outside, the recruiters looked whipped and angry. One came up to us and said that he was a "hero" and that we were depriving young people of the chance to use him as a role model. When we suggested that we had other role models in mind for our kids, he got ugly. He called us "scum" and "cowards" and ended up shouting four letter words in front of the women and children. Cursing and threatening the parents' group with physical violence, the "hero" was lead away by his fellow recruiters.
So we had a big win at Circuit City. I want to thank everyone who came out, and especially Ashley who organized us and gave us some fighting spirit.
Also, I want to apologize for a bit too much fighting spirit on my part. I got carried away.
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Major Peace Rally Protests Cheney Speech To West Point Graduation, May 26
"I like to believe that people in the long run are going to do more to promote peace than our governments. Indeed, I think that people want peace so much that one of these days governments had better get out of the way and let them have it." -- Dwight D. Eisenhower, 5-Star General, 34th President of the United States, West Point Class of 1915
Hudson Valley, NY - May 16, 2006 - Elected officials, veterans, military families, and grassroots citizen activists for peace, freedom, and justice held a march and rally at Veterans Park, Highland Falls, New York commencing at 8:30 am on May 26, 2007 as Vice President Dick Cheney delivered the commencement address to the graduating class of 2007 at the United States Military Academy.
"We feel morally obligated to continue to protest the war in Iraq and to show this administration that people around the country will not accept the perpetuation of this war. Allowing Vice President Cheney to appear in our region without protest is tantamount to supporting this war and condoning current American foreign policy," said Michael Sussman, the civil rights attorney currently defending the West Point 8, and the chairperson of the Democratic Alliance.
Organizations including Veterans for Peace, social justice groups, women's groups, media watchdogs, impeachment advocates, party activists ranging the full spectrum from Democrat to Republican, Green to Libertarian, and over a thousand citizens took part. With the endorsement of several national peace coalitions, this year's peace event was the largest in West Point history. At press time, an injunction was being sought in federal court to permit the parade to enter the grounds of the campus itself, which, if approved, would be the first access of this type in the movement's history.
Posted by Fred at 6:54 PM
Reflections on the US war in Iraq and
the ongoing Middle East conflict
Kathy spoke on March 28th at St. Margaret's Episcopal Church in Staatsburg(Go five miles south from Rhinebeck on Rt. 9and then turn right on Old Post Rd.)
"For the last 25 years, the 51-year-old Kelly has been nowhere near the sidelines. She has been willing to go anywhere in the world, Bosnia, Haiti, the West Bank, to do whatever she can to help victims of violence and demonstrate for peace. As long as the activity is nonviolent, she has been willing to be arrested again and again. She has been willing to go to jail again and again. She has even been willing to die."
Posted by Fred at 6:48 PM
Paula Silbey, a resident of the Hudson Valley, joined International Women's Peace Service (www.iwps.info) and made two trips to Palestine in 2006. Her talk focused on daily life, the hardships of Israeli occupation, and the conflict she experienced as an American Jew. Over 50 people attended the presentation, and we got excellent coverage in the Poughkeepsie Journal and the Weekly Beat.
Posted by Fred at 6:47 PM