I can do no better today than to reprint an email I received from Tulsa Peace Fellowship and to say that today, more than ever, I agree with the opening quotation by Dr. King:
"There comes a time when silence is betrayal." Martin Luther King, Jr.
Thousands of citizens will be converging on DC this week to demonstrate at the inauguration ceremonies. If you, like us, don't have the time or money to go but dearly wish to have your sentiments known, there are local activities that day here in Tulsa, as in other cities around America.
Tulsa Peace will be holding peaceful demonstration...
on the sidewalks at 4th and Denver beginning that morning at 10:30 am and lasting through the daylight hours. If you can make it for all or part of this vigil, please join us for what time you are able to spare. PLEASE DO NOT PARK IN THE POST OFFICE PARKING LOTS. You can make your own signs or contact Joni LeViness at email@example.com to help with sign making for this event.
If you are the energetic bicyclist...
a group of demonstrators on bicycles will be meeting in front of a the Army Natl. Guard recruiting center at 5970 E. 31st at 1:30 pm. They will put up black ribbons for all the dead and yellow ribbons in support of the troops and do chalk outlines to represent to the continuing death toll in Iraq, both military and civilian.
A critical mass bike ride will depart from the Recruiting station a little after 2pm and ride downtown to meet up with the TPF demonstration at 4th and Denver, stopping to put up a mix of black and yellow ribbons in appropriate locations.
Some of the ribbons and chalk outlines will be done around the city the night before the ride, as well. Anyone wanting to contribute black and yellow ribbons or chalk, or participate in the ribboning or bike ride, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
All demonstrators for the day's events are asked to wear black as a sign of mourning for the death and devastation that has been wrought upon our country and the world.
"We can no longer afford to confuse peaceability with passivity. Authentic peace is no more passive than war. Like war, it calls for discipline and intelligence and strength of character, though it calls also for higher principles and aims. If we are serious about peace, then we must work for it as ardently, seriously, continuously, carefully, and bravely as we now prepare for war." ~Wendell Berry