We were small in number but we made our presence known. Upon arriving at our designated vigil site across from the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center, site for the Air Force Association hosting some 150 arms contractors at the annual “Arms Bazaar,” we discovered there were no police posted to keep watch over us as in years past. So our community of seven processed to the main entrance of the hotel where AFA members were entering to have their $330 per plate banquet. As some military and weapons contractors were entering, we read our leaflet (see below), sang and vigiled until Gaylord security and local police ordered us to leave or be arrested. Seeing that several of us have cases pending elsewhere and that we did not plan to risk arrest this time, we complied with police. We returned to our regular vigil site and conducted a prayer service to end the use of lethal drones. We also prayed for the elimination of all nuclear and conventional weapons on earth and space and for the abolition of war. We remembered all victims of warmaking, violence and oppression, our beloved peacemaker sister Anne Montgomery who went home to God on August 27, and Troy Davis who was executed last year at this time by the state of Georgia. We also remembered Amber and Kevin Mason (from the DDCW), Fr. Roy Bourgeois, Maia Rodriguez and Becca Polk on trial in D.C. Superior Court for the SOA Watch action last April; Fr. Carl Kabat who is in court today in Kansas City for his July 4 plowshares witness at the new Bomb plant being constructed in Kansas City; the Transform Now Plowshares, including Mike Walli who was present with us; and Susan Crane, in prison for for a probation violation related to her Disarm Now Plowshares action in 2009.
Below is a link with several photos of the witness courtesy of Ted Majdosz. We are deeply grateful for Ted being with us. http://photobyted.smugmug.com/SOAW/Protest-tThe-Air/25470364_3QtHgR#!i=2098120173&k=fNDq8Rz
Let us pray for each other and that the Holy Spirit will continue to guide all of our efforts as we strive to be God’s peacemakers and to help create the Beloved Community.
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