Monday, May 15, 2006
Day #2 May 15
Some of the folks that expressed genuine concern about Darfur: Students from Chihuihui, Mexico; Bob Green, Gandian Master; Dennis Miller, Political Musicain; Cheryl Norris, up from Houston to get arrested :-) - Peace Activist with Cindy Sheehan; HS Students doing a project on "Why is the US inactive in the face of Genocide?"; Nicholas, a friend of Darfur from DC; man from Bolivia; ; Family from Short Hills, NJ - Sister spoke on April 28th - started HS STAND.
Angels: Of course, all my resources are gone, some debt remains. It took everything just to get here. Angels begin to appear. Nicholas brought juice and some “change” (it was more than change J); Thomas of the Perpetual Peace Vigil brought breakfast, and now dinner. A “mom” out San Francisco Dallas for yesterday’s anti-war demonstration with Cindy Sheehan gave a $. All people without much “material” means I recon. Wow.
I’m angry having read 25% of Samantha Power’s book on genocide. The NGO's are kidding themselves. For what I can see, we have NO reason to think that our Darfur family is on the path to receiving the treatment WE would want. We are doing little more than has been done with the other Genocides within the last 100 years – AND NONE OF THOSE folks were RESCUED. Only the Jews were RESTORED, somewhat. Is this once again JUST ABOUT MAKING OURSELVES FEEL “GOOD”??!?!!?!?? Double standards are alive and well. Are we ‘doing unto’ the folks in Darfur, as ‘we would have them do unto us?’ NO WAY. NOT YET.
COLD last night, and rainy. VERY glad to be here. VERY sad at lack of passion and commitment among my countrymen. This must change, now.
ENCOURAGEMENT: This is what is needed. Action that can give courage. That is what I am trying to give to Mr. Bush, and to the other leaders and activists in DC. THAT is what the NGO's and activists need to figure out how to find within themselves, and to generate in others. COURAGE IS WHAT IS LACKING.