Sunday, July 15, 2007

March for Peace, pt. V

Our time with Ashley, Mike and now Tom - "March for Peace" - came to a close yesterday (Saturday) with a music festival and peace rally in Carter Lake Park just outside Omaha, on the Iowa-Nebraska border. Two nights previous to that, I drove out to Ashland to meet Ashley, Mike and Drea after their 20+ mile walk that day. Drea had a new appreciation for what it really means to WALK 1,600 miles! The amazing Miller sisters - Lana and Carol - put the marchers up for the night and prepared a HUGE cook-out for all of us. They live on a gorgeous farm compound with two cows, two pigs and some chickens! We had a great time hanging out, talking, jumping on the trampoline, checking out the farm animals and laughing a lot. One of the great things about this experience has been the way it has connected more of us here in Nebraska! At the Saturday rally, there were booths from progressive groups, a number of bands, a slam poet, speakers on a variety of issues - anti-war, immigration, health care, etc. - and a lot of signs. Here are some pics. Again, I hope you will follow the progress of Mike, Ashley and Tom as they continue their journey to D.C.

Click here: March for Peace

Thanks guys! You made a big impression on all of us here in Nebraska and we won't soon forget your example, your courage or your inspiration! Keep on truckin' for peace...


  1. I read about your march in the paper, and it's inspiring to see people taking a stand for peace.

  2. It is a wide, brave gap between knowing the right thing and doing the right thing. Sometimes, the bridge is there, and all we do is walk across, but sometimes we must pave the way. -daphne comeau


  3. hey, i saw you guys walking yesterday in des moines. i noticed the signs on your back but didn't realize who you were until the news last night! i probably would have joined in the walk with you. you are all such an inspiration! keep up the good work, and good luck on the rest of your journey! someone needs to stand up for what's right, i'm glad you are maknig a difference! carpe diem!

  4. Though I do not agree with your plight, I am glad you have the right to protest.
    I am a veteran of Desert Storm. You’re welcome.
    Every time you pass a cemetery, a VFW post or military post give thanks to the men and women who made this possible for you.

  5. I agree with your plight and deserted the VietaNam war as I didn't want to kill anyone for any reason.
    This is not for freedom anymore than desert storm was it was for money and oil.
    This is not about veterans but about a maligned administration.
    Lets keep our eyes on the prize, to stop all wars.

    He's the Universal Soldier and he really is to blame,
    His orders come from far away no more,
    They come from here and there and you and me,
    And brothers can't you see,
    This is not the way we put the end to war. (Donovan)

  6. Glad you have the Freedom to march across the country and sponge off others. All you are really doing is taking a walking tour of our beautiful and great nation durring the summer. Mean while the rest of the true Americans are hard at work. Yes, I do belive you would like to bring the troops home, so you can spit on them.

  7. Looking at these photos and after talking to Patrick & Drea about their participation in the March, this is one of those things that just makes a person smile.

    There's hope in these actions, even when the War seems so unstoppable. This is a great nation, but only because of the bold people that live in it. The people who think for themselves, follow their heart and speak out for what they believe in.

    Many props. Peace & Much Love

  8. To all the war supporters: Unless you and your kids are enrolled in the military and serving, SHUT UP! You have no right to trump up a war in which you, yourself are not risking life end limb.

    To all of our brave soldiers: if I believed that your sacrifice would protect our freedom I would say "Thank you". But you believe it, so I'm still saying it. I understand that is is almost impossible for you to not believe it and still fight this war. I understand most of you are stuck in a contract and still have to go to war even if you don't agree with it. It is almost impossible to stay alive when you fight a war in which you don't believe, so you MUST believe your sacrifice is for the greater good. I understand your catch 22 predicament: Either lie to yourselves as our corrupt politicians would have you, and fight their dirty war, or face the truth that this war has nothing to do with our freedom, and become much more liable to die.
    Us, war opponents do not hate you, do not want to spit on you and do not wish you harm. We want you home, with your families and in good health. We want to stop those crooks in office who send you to die so they can make an extra buck.
    Unfortunately, they send you to die to protect the economic interests of the very rich in this country. It is that simple.

    Ashley and Mike, and all who walked with you and sheltered you and supported you, Thank You!

  9. Good on you guys I admire your guts and moral conviction. I just caught your interview on Democracy Now..and you will be finnishing your walk in a few days.

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