Monday, December 20, 2010

My friends were the ones in jail . . .

Will Hopkins laughing as he is arrested outside the White House

Bruce Gagnon of VFP writes in his blog here about the arrests of protesters in Washington, D.C. on Thursday, December 16.

As Will wrote in a recent e-mail: "if President Obama had chanced a quick glance out the window, he would have seen me, and a hundred and thirty of my friends from Veterans for Peace getting arrested. It was the largest mass arrest of veterans in recent history, and notables like Daniel Ellsberg, Chris Hedges, and Ray McGovern were arrested alongside us. An estimated 100 of those arrested were veterans; members of Code Pink, Peace Action, and independents also chose to face arrest in protest of the wars."

Gotta love my favorite peace activists gettin' arrested n' stuff :)

1 comment:

  1. Jade, thanks for sharing this fantastic picture of Will laughing as he is arrested. It's a companion to a picture I saw of Codepinker Lori Perdue also beaming with pleasure as they handcuffed her. She explained afterwards that hearing the cheers of the crowd of supporters, those who weren't going to get arrested that day but were here in solidarity, cheered her up after 4+ hours standing in the snow.

    My heart goes out to you, my young friend, during the holidays with the fam. When and where to communicate is one of the biggest decisions we make each moment. Proselytizing vs. being a visible witness for truth, where is the line between the two? I am guided by an old Willie Nelson song: "You gotta know when to hold 'em, know when to fold 'em, know when to walk away, know when to run." You are blessed with a good mind and a strong heart -- I know you will use them both when under the same roof with the Marine recruiter this week.

    As I write this, our hemisphere is swinging back toward the light after the longest dark night of the year. Keep shining your light, Jade!