January 10, 2009

I heard about the rally just a few days before through a new friend/ hero Eileen Fleming. This determined, courageous, truth-seeker who doesn't seem intent on resting until justiced is served, should be an inspiration to us all.

Please see her blog post on the event ( which is much more in detail) at her website: http://www. wearewideawake. org/index. php?option=com_content&t...
Although it was a bit of a drive for me, I knew that I had to attend, especially with the violence escalating by the hour in the Gaza strip. The least I can do for these people is stand up and speak up. With my camera and my "We Are All One" shirt in tow, I headed to the park.
The event which started out with just a few hundred, quickly grew to a crowd of over two thousand people from all different backgrounds, young and old!!!
Photobucket Even small children holding signs, that were bigger than them! It's a shame that we even have to "try to "explain" this absurd behavior to our children, even worse, that our children are in the midst of it.
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There was so much more that needed to be photographed and shared, like the Veterans for Peace, a wonderful African American sister and her 4 children (ranging in the ages of 4-12) ALL had signs!! (some being held upside down and sideways as they posed for a picture for me (that my camera didn't get!!) It was a scene I will never forget, even though I wasn't able to capture all the images, they will stay in my mind, and the respect and love for these people will forever stay in my heart. These people, who are safe here in America, a world away, have taken out time from their lives for people in need, people who are suffering, people who's voices are not being heard and human rights are being trampled. To do this, to go there, to come together, even if NO one hear's us, even if NO one see's us, even if nothing comes out of it. WE WILL CONTINUE. WE WILL MARCH ANYWAY! WE WILL SHOUT LOUDER! WE WILL STAND TALLER! WE WILL MAKE OUR SIGNS BIGGER! BECAUSE THE IMPORANCE OF IT IS THAT WE ARE SPEAKING UP AND SPEAKING OUT, WE THE PEOPLE HAVE SPOKEN, WE ARE SPEAKING, AND WE WILL CONTINUE TO DO SO UNTIL WE ARE HEARD, ACKNOWLEDGED, RESPECTED AND SERVED!

As we were walking back to the car, we took a slightly different path and I came across this.....


Not-so-coincidentally after a gathering in the name of Peace, Justice and Truth <3

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Comment by eileen fleming on January 11, 2009 at 11:04am
Nicely done!

I esp. love the shot of the Orlando Police Checkpoint barrier and THE END by Gandhi!

Here is part of my report:
WAWA Blog January 11, 2009: Welcome to Occupied Orlando

[January 10, 2009, Orlando, Fl] I took it as a good omen when I rolled out my drive just as The Doobies sounded from my BOSE:

I ain't blind and I don't like what I [do] see
Takin' it to the streets
Takin' it to the streets
Takin' it to the streets
Takin' it to the streets
Take this message to my brother
You will find him everywhere
Takin' it to the streets
Takin' it to the streets
Takin' it to the streets
Takin' it to the streets

I was on my way to Lake Eola for an afternoon rally, where over 2,000 people came together in solidarity over our anguish for the misery in Gaza and to March in front of Senator Mel Martinez and Senator Bill Nelson's Orlando offices.

The area we were consigned to was 'roped' off with one strand of plastic tape that a baby could break. 150 police officers attempted to justify the waste of man power by checking bags and denying fluids to travel into the taped off area. I solved my dilemma at the Orlando Police Checkpoint in the Park by ducking under the tape thirty feet from 'Security's' back.

The Rest:

Comment by RAMA on January 16, 2009 at 3:20pm
as internal enteties it is our duty to feel peace inside and to be at peace with ourselves, but as individuals it is our duty to raise awarness, and these protests, even your blog post is doing exactly that, it is making people aware that there is a huge issue that needs to be adressed. Thank you for your good work. peace and love
Comment by MiraCulous on January 16, 2009 at 3:29pm
Thank YOU brother Rama <3

Peace and Love right back at ya....


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