Thursday, May 18, 2006

Be All That You Can Be. Or not.

So I am spending the evening printing out donation request letters for my fundraiser and packaging seeds for my kids to give out with their school at the parade this weekend. The seed packets have "Join us in Planting the Seeds of PEACE for the Future" printed on them and the girls are busy drawing away on them. I check my email and I recieved an ironic and startling message... My friend Glenn, who had already shocked me by joining the Army after leaving Sonoma County announced his deployment date today and I am completely horrified. He leaves for Iraq as an engineer with the Army in the fall where he will be helping to build Iraqi police stations.

I don't get it. This is the same young guy who lived in town a few years ago and attended an anti-war march with me when the US first attacked Iraq. He stood on the sidewalk cheering for me and held on safely to my camera as I was arrested for blocking an intersection with about 50 other people. I feel sick to my stomach...

I know through my limited work with military counseling and counter-recruitment that people join for various reasons. I understand that people are persuaded by various recruitment tactics and joining the military may be an enticing option to what one's day to day life may consist of. I understand the loyalty that people have to their countries. What I don't understand is how people in such a privileged nation such as mine, can become so desensitized that contributing to an illegal and brutal war and killing people is just another "job."

I wish I could make him stay...

Saturday, May 13, 2006

Friday, May 12, 2006

Me and the little ladies

Mama, Ava, Xenia

About The World Social Forum

The World Social Forum is an open meeting place where social movements, networks, NGOs and other civil society organizations opposed to neo-liberalism and a world dominated by capital or by any form of imperialism come together to pursue their thinking, to debate ideas democratically, for formulate proposals, share their experiences freely and network for effective action. Since the first world encounter in 2001, it has taken the form of a permanent world process seeking and building alternatives to neo-liberal policies. The World Social Forum is also characterized by plurality and diversity, is non-confessional, non-governmental and non-party. It proposes to facilitate decentralized coordination and networking among organizations engaged in concrete action towards building another world, at any level from the local to the international.

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Wednesday, May 10, 2006

Day One Of My Quest

Well, this isn't actually "day one" of my quest. Afterall, I have been dreaming of saving the world since I was old enough to form a complete thought and this trip of mine has been rattling in my brain since I first heard of The World Social Forum a few years ago. This is simply day one of my blogging attempt. From today forward, I am going to document my process of fundraising, dealing with fear of flying, dealing with trying to plan and organize this trip while finishing school and raising these revolutionary daughters of mine.

So here we have it. A list:

1. I have non profit status. This helps with fundraising! Hooray and THANK YOU to my fellow board members at The Peace and Justice Center!

2. I have a venue for the fundraiser! Hooray and THANK YOU to the Santa Rosa New College campus!

3. I have a donation request form/letter that I worked on today instead of doing homework or working at the kids' school. Sierra is taking our photo later for the form and the website that wonderful Preston is creating for me!

4. I am getting donations for the event! Bands, bellydancers, wine, art, stuff. This is going to be great.

I am so incredibly blessed with my community and so lucky to have the opportunity to go to this forum. I can't wait!