It is vital that the peace movement stays alive. I understand that many of us have jobs and can't attend all of the events, but it is desperately important to demonstrate to the general public that war is not the answer. I have already talked about the importance of demonstrating that Portland easily becomes a police state during a protest and inconveniences and frightens people who still try to go about their daily business. We need to demonstrate what war is like. Last night on NPR I heard someone talk of the integral role images played in the protests against the war in Vietnam. I suggest that all creative people get out there with installation art that is strategically placed - in neighborhoods, near schools, off of high-traffic roads. I suggest that we continue the die-ins and other visual. Writers and film makers can take their work to the streets also. It is amazing the effect that the sound of helicopters and sirens have on the public right now and we should realize that we are making a difference by creating these situations.
I know that we are all tired from our efforts. I know that some of us are in despair because the peace movement didn't keep the war from starting. I know that many of us have demanding jobs or financial problems that don't allow us to head to the streets for every vigil or march.
Please find other ways to raise your voice. Don't give up. We have to keep making noise.