11/16/07 (Berkeley, CA) – The third Friday of every month I have been attending a war protest on the streets of Berkeley, CA. The majority of the protesters are members of the Grey Panthers and/or are from Strawberry Creek Lodge, a nearby retirement community. The rest are random people who heard about this through word of mouth, IraqMoratorium.org or some other organization. For two hours we stand on four corners of a busy street. All the cars honk when they drive by and when they are stopped at the light some people hand out slips of paper with the date and time of the next event. Pedestrians are also given flyers about taking action to end the war.
The most recent IM Day, I brought my video camera and took some footage. First you will hear a song and then there are some interview clips speaking out against the war. Listen to the voices of our elders. These are the real deal DFHs, many protested Vietnam and wars before that. I’m so glad they agreed to be on camera. You may catch a glimpse of Docudharma’s own dharmasyd – who I met after the first IM Day. She is one of the organizers of this monthly action.
Disclaimer: This is the first time I have ever edited a video and put it on YouTube. I was in a hurry to put it together so the quality may suck but the spirit and sincerity of The People still shines through (I hope). If I can figure out the sound editing I will do another version with all the extra footage I have.
Here are some photos from the first IM Day (9/21/07).