View to my left – Catonsville Public Library. Vigil in support of Cindy Sheehan and against the war in Iraq – 1 block away from where the Catonsville 9 burned their draft cards about 30+ years ago:) We were encouraged by the support coming from people in traffic going by. I was also struck by the very wide variety of people – all different races, ages, “types”, if you will.
More folks on my right at the vigil. One nice lady lent me a candle. Another gave me another candle. I was between client visits and snuck over to attend. A woman from the “Women in Black” explained what they were about when I asked her. (My friends and I had seen a bunch of the WIBs in Middlebury, VT June 25th right in the middle of town. We passed them from across the street, and as we did so, turned, faced them, and applauded. I think they appreciated it. So did the WiB I spoke with tonight:) Many many mothers with children, young and old were there tonight.
Mr. Mfume, former State Senator and leader of the NAACP, came to lend his support to tonight’s vigil. I told him I took his picture only for my online journal. He smiled and said, believe me, it’s OK:) He seemed like a decent, genuine sort of guy. He doesn’t know this, but he’s actually a “friend of a friend.” My lips are sealed;) Glad we had his support.
A woman to my right had brought her Shabbas candles to the vigil. Very appropriate, we both thought:)
And this little light of mine – the second one given to me by another attender. I passed it to a boy who was there with his mother before I left for my next client visit.
Watched the media coverage that evening at 11. Saw my high school friend, Lynne on the news at the Ruxton gathering. The support we got from so many driving by was very encouraging! Maybe POTUS will have to pay attention now.