Well Im at an internet cafe this morning (saturday) .. our WIFI is not connecting at the hostel. I may not have spell-check and I only have a half hour here.
The first day we went to a protest (peace demonstration) against the military bases in Columbia...there was about 4,000 people there, alot of folks had red shirts. It was full of energy..people claqpping, bands singing, ...speeches.... they had a big stage... TV cameras etc... our group is netwoked throught the peace network here so we made it to teh front...and tehn we (4 of us) made it to the stage. Benji Iraq Vet, Gerry Vetnam war resister, Andrew activist...and me with my camera...
We were all on stage with 50 other people... we had our own chance to speak..I just filmed, no speaking....it was a powerful ... The crowd cheered. they loved us. Our folks on stage spoke out against "Imperlism and War¨we stood in solidarity ...... We had people thanking us latter on the streets... shaking hands etc
That night Benji & Josh ..both Iraq veterans were on the Centeral America national TV speaking out against war and US Imperalism. Nothing slandorus was said...but a powerful message against the failed US policies, and the use of Armed Forces on other people in other countries. Those two were on 2 different stations, that evening. It was almost lke a "Winter Solider Event"
After the demonstartion, we went to a small cafe and and had lunch... I had a chicken burrito and pepsi ...then we drove to a community media studio ...we got the complete tour oftheir grass roots media spread.
The media studio was a using¨"recycled conatineers" like big railway cars to make offices and studios for filming-recording..they have a big mobile stage on a flat bed trailer...they have trucks with cameras and recording equipment...plus a big outdoor stage that they were actually filming a show on when we were there. They are using recyled materials and governemnt money to run the studio...it was a a big open concreted area that used to be houses before the change in the "Metro" streets project for that area.
We are in a 3 story nice clean house in our hostel.Three ladies (younger than me) come by to fix breakfast and cook our dinner. Its cool and good food. Today we are maybe going to an opposition party protest regarding the media changes. Dont know the details but sounds like it will be interesting. We have a interperter with us all day (every day) and he is really good...other in our group can speak pretty well to helpus get around... we stay in a group most of the time. A lot of us dont speak spanish very good at all.
I had a lady tell me on camera to¨" tell Obama that capitalism isnt working ...and that socilism is the answer" we are treated by folks here "really well" ....NOT one bad word or comment directed at us... just smiles! We did see three Nation Guard guys with machine guins walk down our street and talk with a few that were out frint...I was inside peeking out the window... It was said by the interperter we shouldnt film the police or the Army guys...so I didnt
I feel the energy and passion here and the people are wise to their struggles for empowerment...it is cool....we had a couple local guys stop by last night and party with us ...drinking beer till 1 am...and just sharring political storiesand listening/playing music etc....
The busses and cars drive "all over the road" with motorcycles zipping in between and all around honking their horns. Its insane ....I seen no accidents... but its is crazy... no one stops for red lighs...very little police on the streets... almost all the busses and cars are really rugged broken down looking.... smokey exhuasts etc... the trips around town are bumper to bumper...
I wil be writing latter ...we are trying to get the WIFI up and running
the weather is sultry... hot/warm....all the time
So far I have four hours of video collected....I will write about today´s events latter tonight or in the morning.... this cafe is closed tomorrow, but we are hoping the WIFI will be up at the hostel!