March 08, 2004

Chelmsford to Andover

Looking really determined by walking through the snow.
Vigiling at Raytheon.

Woke up to a beautiful snowfall this morning. I've been told that vigiling or walking in inclement weather is great, because it shows others how determined we are to do what needs to be done. I have to admit that walking in the snow is not as pleasant as walking on a sunny, warm day. My feet got damp and cold, and I didn't enjoy the snow blowing in my eyes. However, I kept telling myself how much more effective it was to walk in the snow, how it would really impress others with our determination. I'm not sure I really believed it, but I was willing to give myself the benefit of the doubt.

This morning the van had trouble shuttling to the lunch spot, so we stopped to check out what was happening with it. For a while, it felt like we weren't able to walk because of car trouble. Something just seems wrong about that. We headed to Andover, and stopped at Raytheon to vigil outside one of their facilities, where there's been vigils and arrests in the past. After visiting Raytheon, Hattie and I drove to Athol, where Hattie had helped to organize a talk by Howard Zinn followed by a reading of The Caitinsville 9, a play by Daniel Barrigan. I went along to help direct cars into the limited parking spots. Dr. Zinn is a great speaker, and he talked about the importance of studying history so we can better understand what's going on in the present. The Caitinsville 9 reading was about the Vietnam war, and it brought up questions about how to protest unjust actions by our government that seem as relevant today as they were then.

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