NaBloPoMo #5: Tonight after work, Tony, Maiya & I walked down to the Candlelight Vigil in Little Tokyo to support Lt. Ehren Watada for his courageous stand against the war in Iraq. Watada was the first commissioned officer to refuse to fight in Iraq on the basis that he believes that this is an immoral and illegal war. Unless the charges are dropped, he faces a court martial and 4-6 years in prison for his stand on November 9th.
I love bringing Maiya to these types of events. She is often the only child there, but she gets to participate in social justice activities, and see the examples of people who will come out on a chilly Monday night to proudly hold up a banner, raise a picket sign, hold a candle, honk their horns in support (to which she yells beep beep) and to see every day folks joining together for a common goal.
About 25-30 people came out tonight, including all of our usual friends and organizers from Nikkei for Civil Rights and Redress, as well as friends from my office. Afterwards, 11 of us went to dinner at Mr. Ramen. Here we are with Mary and Craig.
Toddlers for Justice! Peace. Out.