Bridge Walk for Peace, International Women’s Day, March 8, 2020
Report Back: Un Dia Sin Nosotras!
by Toby Blomé
There almost always seems to be something remarkable and memorable that happens each month during our bridge walk, sometimes small, sometimes large and impactful. Afterall, it is a place that draws visitors from around the world. Yesterday, at the end of our walk and rally on International Women’s Day, we were approached by a vibrant group of about 20 Mexican American female activists, of all ages, but mostly young and younger, all dressed in PURPLE! They came to the bridge to rally support for a major movement taking place in Mexico:
Photo by Michael Kerr
CODEPINK had a small crew last week, but we accomplished a lot. Huge banners and signs opposing the barbarism of drone assassination colored the highway all week during am and pm commute traffic into and out of the base. Themes included: “Ending Militarism at Home & ABROAD,” “RESIST, DISARM, REFUSE,” “ WAR IS NOT GREEN,” and many others.
As the sun rose over the mountains activists from over 20 states participated with CODEPINK in a Mass Mobilization in the desert outside Las Vegas to shut down the gates to Creech Air Force Base, home of the Reaper and Predator drones program. For over an hour on both Thursday, March 31 and Friday, April 1, activists protested, performed and called for peace. This was no April Fools’ joke but a serious mobilization of people who stepped over the line to confront the airmen who control killer drones. The two days of actions were part of a week-long protest at the base, March 27 – April 1st, culminating in a total of 25 arrests during the 2nd Annual National Mass Mobilization against Drone Warfare known as SHUT DOWN CREECH!