Orien left Chico with Keith this afternoon to visit friends in Sacramento and S.F. as they head back to Phoenix. I’ve gorged on left overs and now have to determine if I want to work on upcoming radio marathons (4 hours on Thursday the 31st and an hour and a half on Friday, the first,) or write here since so much family time has passed over the Holidays since I’ve written anything.
I have been busy. Cathy Webster and I tabled at the Climate Change rally after the Paris talks. Chico 350 estimated a thousand people came to the rally but it is a buzz to me. Cathy and I did a Pledge to help people who wanted a focus—
Take the Pledge —I ____________________________ solemnly pledge to take a stand against Violence and to help Build a Culture of active Nonviolence.
I will strive to:
Practice nonviolence toward myself. Practice nonviolence toward all others. Practice nonviolence by joining the global movement to Abolish war, End poverty, Stop the destruction of the Earth and Foster a just and peaceful world for all.
In support of this—I will:
***Join at least one local peace or environmental group as an active member, such as:
Butte Environmental Council
Chico Peace and Justice Center
Frack Free Butte County
Chico Housing Action Team
***Take Non-violence Training in order to become knowledgeable and grounded in the tactics of Nonviolence:
Alternatives to Violence
Read books on the power of Nonviolence
(Care of the Chico Peace and Justice Center www.chico-peace.org 893-9078)
*** Look for opportunities to Mainstream Nonviolence in our homes and communities and actively seek to Connect the Dots between Poverty, Militarism and Climate Change.
Campaign Nonviolence is taking a stand against war, poverty, environmental destruction and the epidemic of violence. Campaign Nonviolence is a long-term movement to mainstream nonviolence and to foster a culture of peace free from war, poverty, environmental destruction and the epidemic of violence. www.campaignnonviolence.org
That was on Saturday the 12th then our monthly Occupy Beale protest was on Monday. Our theme, besides the brutality and illegality of the global drone assassination program, was on the exemption of the massive military from any climate savings fossil fuel reductions. This small group was arrested Monday afternoon in solidarity with those in Paris who protested by drawing a red line against further polluters. Then we were arrested in the freezing dawn Tuesday. My sign reads War is Environmental Disaster.
Soon after the 15 of us were arrested, about 9 of us got Notices to Appear for Sept. Beale arrests. The little grip of stress about that tightened when Orien got home and started quizzing me on what I was going to do and getting an attorney. I hadn’t even thought about it yet but Arraignment is on Jan. 12th when we will be delivering a Real State of the Union address at the Federal Court House in Sacramento along with our pleas.
There were some nice rains and beautiful Solstice calm before the inevitable outbreak of Christmas and Orien birthday scurry. How I love it that she and Keith were here! We didn’t do anything overly amazing but just their nearness filled my heart and my days. We did the Bird Tree tradition on Christmas and went up to the snow.
It is 10 years since mom died on Christmas Eve day and Orien also turned 35 on Christmas Eve, which is pretty smack dab adult. Michael is embedded and enshrined in my heart like a precious stone I realize, always there. Today the young woman of the couple who bought the cab over of our Veggie Voyager wrote about their adventures and I was gratified… folks after our own hearts.
I’m glad 2015 is going away. I know every day of good health is precious and I don’t want to rush a thing but I am glad to put distance from Michael’s death. I’m grateful that I survived the year and did as many wonderful things as I did. I look back with some awe at how I got myself out into the world and all the new good memories that were created. When I crack open 2016 I want to have an open heart and a willingness to be as healthy as I can and to do as many positive things as possible within balance of my own body and spirit. I hope your path will be clear of impediments too and filled with Peace.
This is a random photo of Michael and Sasha on an abandoned, broken down snowmobile on Shasta. So many happy snow memories with them!