Border Peace Presence

Trip Start Nov 25, 2006
Trip End Ongoing

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Saturday, January 27, 2007

There's a weekly demonstration for peace in El Paso, giving us opportunity to show our commitment to ending the Iraq War. It meets at noon for an hour each Friday at the intersection facing the federal and county court buildings. That hour just flies by, as it's a chance to meet new friends and catch up on what's happening with people we know.

One of my new friends is a blogger: dada2you. His site is super anti-war, anti-Bush, anti-this administration. See photos (and look for Paul and the back of my head featured January 12 on his blog!)

We had two rallys this week, since there was an extra super duper one Saturday in conjunction with the big rally in Washington DC. Paul and I flashed by on the local El Paso TV coverage of the event; and tho I was ready with my camera, our moment of fame was too fleeting to catch, so my photo shows the guy after us! There's an impressive, overwhelming outpouring of anti-war affirmation from the cars that pass by. Surprising to me, in that El Paso is in love with Fort Bliss, the local military base, located within the city limits. But perhaps the reality that six soldiers from there were recently killed in Iraq tempers the enthusiasm for war.

A few years ago, Paul and I flew to San Diego during spring break and took part in a border awareness immersion day with Maryknoll lay missioners Dick and Nancy. It caught us by surprise that they were in town for a Maryknoll meeting, and...there was Nancy, demonstrating across the street from us! A nice reunion ensued since she remembered us from that day that awakened in me a realization that you don't have to fly to Guatemala or Bolivia to encounter "Third World" poverty.
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dada2u on

Dada note:
Hi Billie:

I have really been enjoying your website here at travelpod and the experiences you and Paul have had are truly illustrative of people 'walking the walk.'

Meeting you that first day downtown during a noontime peace demo was one of those instances where one is paused to reconsider reincarnation as a possibility. I at once felt as if I'd known you a long, long time.

But then, if reincarnation is possible, I'm wondering if Karma is too--on a grand cosmic scale. I don't know but it seems if that were so, a lot of Americans would be reincarnating as Iraqis living in early 21st Century Iraq and I just don't think that's happening.

But then I'm babbling, exposing the scrambled thoughts of a scattered brain. (And I wonder why I can't sleep at night?)

Anyway, thank you for the kind words and link to my blog, my new 'old friend.'

billiegreenwood on

Re: Dada note:
Meeting you on the corner of Campbell and San Antonio Sts was 'a moment' for me, too. You said it best: I felt as if I had known you for a very long time. I'm not sure how to assess that, but I nevertheless consider knowing you and your family one of the highlights of our Border Exploration.

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