We huddled in a circle singing and talking until a few raindrops found our heads then we nestled in for our rest in the encampment the best we could. (For Michael and I that was within the comfort of the VV and Cathy Webster joined us, sleeping in our converted sitting area.) The new work day comes very early for the first shift at Beale and they were starting to arrive by 5:30 A.M. so we were out there to greet them, bundled up and with our signs and banners and peace signs and smiles.
These women, Beth and Julie, are gorgeous but naturally I was swooning on the dramatic clouds behind them, a beautiful spring backdrop for the loving convictions they share here. One of the wonderful things I want to share about this backdrop of our action was the quality of nature that accompanied us-- coyotes cried as the 6:30am Revelry recording swept out beyond the Main Gate. Meadowlarks serenaded us both days and geese passed over with almost, but not quite, as much frequency as U-2 spy planes.
The day finally popped open when the sun broke through and a Sacramento Vet for Peace joined us and I was glad he and Michael were able to talk about the importance of the War Veterans' role in outreaching to people in active duty.
The line of cars was over by 8:30am and we gathered for one of our lovely photos. What a beautiful and spirited group of peace warriors!
I want to leave you with just a few more questions from the www.occucards.com series:
How much of the military spending is unnecessary? How much of the so-called 'war on terror' is really about rationalizing defense industry profits and securing Middle East oil for Western corporations? Occupy Beale with us next month! May 29th-30th.