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Peace Vigil needs Help

Oregon Trail Democrats & Friends,

Below is the wonderful weekly notice from OTD Secretary and Sandy Peace Vigil Leader Mary Anderson.  It occurred to me that as our activists numbers have increased locally many may not realize that the vigil could sure use some new people to stand with us.  Brief history – we started the vigil a little over 10 years ago.  At the time the main reason for our doing it was our strong opposition to this country’s involvement in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars started by President GW Bush.  So, we stood every Friday for 2 hours.  Over the years, as the numbers of us dwindled, it got harder to do that so we cut it down to 1 hour every Friday.  Then, under President Obama, we got out of both countries and “technically” those wars ended, so we changed to the first Friday every month.  Of course, as we all know, peace in this world remains elusive.

Well, last Friday, the 5 of us had a rough time with the awful weather.  And yet, there were not one, but two people who pulled their cars over.  First was a lovely young woman with children in her car and tears in her eyes who gave us hot tea and thanked us for being out there standing for peace for so long, and often in bad weather.  And later a man brought us hot chocolate, also thanked us, and said he hoped it helped deal with the weather a little.  It really hit home that people did appreciate our effort reminding people that wars are still going on, our military is still facing danger, wounded and killed. And that war should NOT be an option unless absolutely necessary.

So, if you would like to help and join us, please let Mary know and she will add you to her email list.  We meet out on Hwy 26 at the light in front of Fred Meyers (across the street), the FIRST Friday every month, 4:00 to 5:00.  We visit each other and hold our signs.  You are very welcome to join us when you can.

Susan H. Gates

21891 SE Cottontail Dr.

Sandy, OR 97055

(503) 668-9628

From Mary…

This is your reminder that our Sandy Peace Vigil continues —  We gather on the FirstFriday of each month and our next vigil will be held Friday afternoon May 5th ,  4 PM until 5 p.m. on the shoulder of HWY 26 at 362nd Ave (in Sandy).

We had 5 beautiful stalwart supporters for peace turn out at our April 7th  vigil– Thank you to Karen Trandum, Tom Riddering, Susan Gates, Susan Drew and Mary Anderson for coming.
We welcome anyone to come and join us on May 5th.  We began this vigil 10 years ago on Feb. 2nd of 2007.

Thanks to those who are just joining in, and thank you all who live in a peaceful manner, to bring about a more peaceful world.

It’s advisable to wear a light colored vest–we need to be visible to motorists. 

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