About 15 people showed up, with several others stopping by. Age range of participants was 5 to 70. Among the signs displayed:"We Are All the Same--Thou Shalt Not Kill", "Why Not Peace?","One World, One Chance". As usual, most of the people driving by on the busy road were enthusiastically supportive. Two white men in their 60's to 70's took issue with our presence, however. In separate incidents, each got out of his car and walked over to speak at us. Both may have been inebriated. The first said,"I'm a veteran of WW2, and I wouldn't spit on you". For that we thanked him. He walked away. The other man was quite agitated, got very close to us, and yelled that his daughter was in the Army in Afghanistan, that he was very proud of her, and that we were jeopardizing her safety with our messages. He delivered his objections in rather colorful language with a lot of body gesturing. We wished him and his family well, hoped for his daughter's safe return, and he yelled curses at us and said he was afraid. We asked him to elaborate. He would not. We assured him we were concerned, wished him a peaceful day, and suggested that he respect the presence of children and stop cursing, which he did momentarily. He even reached down and petted a little girl's head. He started cursing again, so we turned our backs on him, and he huffed back to his truck and sped away. This was fear talking. We'll be back to witness again next week. Maybe he'll join us sometime-unlikely, but you just never know.
The Administration hopes to control us by instilling fear and encouraging isolation. We must turn off the television, get out of the car, keep talking to each other, and remember that nonviolent resistance is a force more powerful than any other.