THE PEOPLE HAVE SPOKEN!
And I'm So Proud of Them.
All of Them.
Today would have been my father's 80th birthday and I would have posted something about him here, now, but there's something far more important that I have to celebrate: The beautiful solidarity of my people. My people. Yes, I'm talking about my NOLA Blog Brothers and Sisters, but not just them because they're just one part of the whole of it. I'm talking about all the good people of my city New Orleans, those who were present in great numbers at today's march against crime, and those who were there in spirit. They all count. I was one of those there is spirit. But I swelled with pride and could not stop the tears as I watched the news broadcast of citizens from across the spectrum of race and class assemble at City Hall to send the clear message to the Powers That Be that we've had enough.
Be sure to click on those names to read their impressions of the day.
Here are shots of some of our fine NOLA bloggers in action. You can see lots more pictures in the Silence is Violence pool on Flickr. I know lots more of the blog crew took pictures that are not in the pool and I hope they'll be added soon. I saw some great ones taken by Derek (spouse of G-Bitch.)
Again, my thanks to Bart and Karen and to the others who spoke out, and to all 3000 or so of you who participated. Thanks you for showing up and for speaking out on behalf of the victims who are no longer here to speak for themselves and for all of us who care deeply but couldn't be there. Right now I'm so filled with love for my city and its people. Today was the first day in a long time that I wept, but without sorrow or sadness.
Update: I heard an estimate of 5000 people in attendance on NPR morning edition. I can't remember a time when any kind of local activism produced this kind of turnout.