Sunday, December 05, 2004

Peace Activists Light Up The Darkness In Studio City, CA

Last night, the Studio City, California Chamber of Commerce held their 9th annual Christmas Parade. Among the entries in the Studio City Christmas Parade was a large contingent of activists from Neighbors For Peace & Justice and Valley for Kerry. Neighbors For Peace & Justice are well known in the Studio City, CA area. They have held Friday night Peace Vigils for over 2 years in the same location.

Longtime peace activist Ed Asner and his grandson, Jake were among the many participants in the group. Asner told the MC of the Parade how proud he was to be participating in the parade with Neighbors For Peace & Justice, a group so dedicated to peace activism for so long in the area.

Wayne Williams of Valley for Kerry donated his Prius for the parade, adding a touch of environmentalism to the group's presence. Note the sign on the front of the Prius:

Along the parade route, participants handed out candles to parade viewers and few people there to watch parade, even joined the group along the way.

Spectators along the parade route were thrilled to see the members of Neighbors For Peace & Justice as part of the holiday parade and Neighbors For Peace & Justice were grateful to participate in the event. Holiday parades are a great way for activists of all walks to get involved in their local community.

On a final personal note, it was a great pleasure to meet Ed Asner and young Jake (who truly had a blast being in the parade!).


Blogger lisabtrucking said...

Hay Ron Keep up the great work, I love coming here, You always get some of the best pictures. Thanks for your work. Lisabtrucking

10:18 PM  
Blogger Ron Chusid said...

Thanks, but these are Pamela's pictures on this story.

10:29 PM  
Blogger lisabtrucking said...

OOO' I'm sorry pamela, I have seen your work here also, and you do a great job also. I have to say You both rock. I really love the picture's you both put on the blog.

8:21 AM  
Blogger Pamela Leavey said...

Thanks Lisa!

Ron has been posting far more than I have of late...

I've been working on a new website and blog stressing the the values and principles important to the Dems and progressives -

10:05 AM  
Blogger Bob Evans said...

Comment [from The Guardian]

You asked for my evidence, Mr Ambassador. Here it is

In Iraq, the US does eliminate those who dare to count the dead

Naomi Klein
Saturday December 4, 2004
The Guardian

David T Johnson,
Acting ambassador,
US Embassy, London

Dear Mr Johnson, On November 26, your press counsellor sent a letter to the Guardian taking strong exception to a sentence in my column of the same day. The sentence read: "In Iraq, US forces and their Iraqi surrogates are no longer bothering to conceal attacks on civilian targets and are openly eliminating anyone - doctors, clerics, journalists - who dares to count the bodies." Of particular concern was the word "eliminating".

The letter suggested that my charge was "baseless" and asked the Guardian either to withdraw it, or provide "evidence of this extremely grave accusation". It is quite rare for US embassy officials to openly involve themselves in the free press of a foreign country, so I took the letter extremely seriously. But while I agree that the accusation is grave, I have no intention of withdrawing it. Here, instead, is the evidence you requested. [snip],3604,1366278,00.html

11:57 PM  

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