Peace is Patriotic (and so are parades)

As promised, here is a selection of the political entries from the Mendocino Fourth of July parade.

men holding an american flag with a peace symbol

Much of the parade was related to the war, of course, and people from all walks of life stepped out against our continued presence in Iraq. One of the gentleman holding this flag is a well-respected local architect. (With a beautiful home, I might add.) Other marchers in the anti-war brigade included lawyers, doctors, innkeepers, mothers, children, and pretty much anyone else you can imagine (including, yes, former members of the military).

purge politics of oily empire puppets

This sign bridgade was part of the Carol Wolman for Congress entry.

exit iraq

Another bright neon sign–I suspect there may have been a sign making party prior to the parade.

old broads for peace

The old broads were, of course, out in force, following close on the heels of Code Pink. (There was a whole organized anti-war section of the parade, actually, although it consisted of about 50% of the total parade.) And the broads are right–peace is patriotic.

Lobbying for peace, to me, suggests that you have some hopes for this country, and that you believe it is worth preserving. Not only would peace benefit us in the short term, but long term peace means long term stability–peace now means there will still be an America later. I think we all know I’m a dirty hippie, but I firmly believe that every American should be waging peace actively, within their own communities as well as in the halls of Congress. Peace works.

end the occupation of iraq (and palestine)

That’s a sentiment I can get behind.

It seems especially poignant on the Fourth of July, a holiday celebrating the end of British occupation in the United States. It’s a great sadness that one of the first nations to gain independence and to throw off the colonial yoke has turned into an occupier. What would the founding fathers think about that?

intertwined american and peace flags

For some reason I’m extremely fond of this image. This was right around the veterans for peace section of the parade.

Fourth of July here is an interesting holiday because in Mendocino the parade comes out more like a protest march. But wasn’t this the point of our freedom from Britain? We the people have something to say and by god, we’re saying it.

Sometimes it feels like no one is listening.

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