I went to the immigrant worker freedom ride send-off rally at P-Sq today before going to the Peace march. I had about ten march flyers left, so i passed them out before the send-off rally got started. I also had a Justice flag, which i carry a lot. I thought that Justice & Peace would fit in with a freedom rider event. However, one woman with the send-off said glaringly that "This rally is for immigrants!", which i did know. As a blue-eyed grayed formerly-blond guy, i guess i was out-of-place. Later, a friend, also blue-eyed & blond, simply standing quietly with a Peace flag, was told by a man that he had rented the square & that if she did not leave he'd have her arrested. So, apparently i should offer an apology to a few of the organizers of the immigrant event. I'm sorry that i'm a blue-eyed blond who showed up with a Justice flag at your rally. What was i thinking! But i do support you. I naively think that Justice, Peace, Freedom, Brother/Sisterhood, Respect For Earth, all fit together, rather inseparably. Next time i go to your rally, i'll first read the list of protocols, to check who's welcome, & who's not. Meanwhile, i prefer to act on the idea that we should all be supporting each other. May the riders be safe & successful. Si, se puede!
Den Mark, Vancouver WA