I was up at six in the morning. After
Morning Prayer, I got on the phone
and called all the L.A. TV News Desks
with "breaking news" about our
demonstration. The stations seemed eager
for our news. Just before
leaving, the L.A. NBC affiliate called
me to get more information, and
he seemed very positive about providing
I thought I had done everything right.
I sent out reminders to all those
who promised to be there. I contacted
all media outlets. Dovely (my
right arm) was up all night creating
signs. All we had to do was go
This is where it gets weird. Including
myself, there were a grand total
of eight incredibly committed
people who showed up and who demonstrated
(sometimes holding two signs at
a time). There were large groups
committed themselves and their
Drum to this effort...a large
from San Diego...and many others,
who gave us their word, and didn't
show. There's no point in mentioning
who these groups were. They know
who they are. The TV crews would
be expecting between 30 and 50
demonstrators, according to my
calculations. If they did a drive
they would have seen just eight
dedicated individuals and they
have kept on driving.
Of course, one could make all kinds
of rationalizations. The L.A.
Building is a bitch to get to.
It is! There's no place to park.
walks there, everyone is in a
car. It isn't close to where anyone
But no...if you hate injustice
and suffering, you go anyway.
One of our
hardy group drove all the way
from Santa Cruz, and if you know
California, you know that she
drove a ton to get here. Another
from Santa Barbara, another good
haul. If you really wanted to
suffering...stop the genocide,
you would've been there, no matter
You don't experience something without
learning something in the
process. Today, I learned that
if this world ever finds its balance,
will be because of the feminine
energy. Six of our eight demonstrators
were women, strong and committed
women. I also learned that if
a sign that says "Honk if
you Hate Greed," City bus
drivers will honk
more than other segment of the
population. They will also give
fist salute. I learned that a
lot of people don't really care
genocide. I learned that the L.A.
Times is very territorial, and
send out their pretend enforcers
(complete with badge and paraphanalia)
to make sure you don't violate
While I am admittedly disappointed
with those who promised to be
but didn't show, I am extremely
proud of those strong spirits
there and who stayed right through
to the end. Now, I want
to recognize and honor those others
who were there from start to finish.
They are: MARIE HOOK, a Peltier
supporter who drove all the way
Santa Cruz to stand with us; DOVELY
MAFFEO (for whom I have great
respect); ANNE DAVISON (my full-time
partner), CHRISTINE GRAY (newest
member and sign-maker for SENAA
West), JOSEPH WHITTLE (young man
Santa Barbara, a photographer,
and soon to visit the land to
he sees), ELENA ZUNIGA (our newest
partner Orange County Big Mountain
Support Group), DEBBIE SCHWARTZ
(friend of Dovely and friend of
those who suffer). Also, Freelance
Journalist Jane Ayers did show
ask some questions and record
some answers. Jane has written
for the Los
Angeles Times (ironically), USA
Today, People Magazine, and The
magazine. We do not yet know what
might become of that interview,
anything. If Jane does get her
story published, I'm sure she'll
know the details.
Dovely made up a press package that
included "Vanishing Prayer"
delivered it to the Editor's office
of the L.A. Times while there.
one to let a good media opportunity
slide by. She would also attack
moving buses, thrusting flyers
through closing doors for the
drivers. She is a real kamikazee,
and you're always glad she's on
Was this day a waste? No, not really.
More people know about the
genocide in big Mountain today,
then knew about it yesterday.
made some good connections with
allies and will form even stronger
partnerships because of it. We
had the big and powerful Times
the beginning, as they didn't
know what to expect and sent their
uniformed flunkies to spy on us.
We just did what you've got to
out there and talk to the people,
give them information, and tell
what they can do to help. We did
all that we could. We'll get over
disappointment of broken promises.
I am deeply proud of those who stood
with me this day. I admire them
greatly. There is talk about a
demo against Edison coming up
need more Big Mountain coal to
light up L.A.). That will be a
demo, with about 4-5 different
groups participating. SENAA West
there...this month, sometime.
We'll just keep on keepin' on
clock is ticking and the Grandmothers
are waiting. I am sorry this
wasn't all that we'd hoped for.
But we'll be back. The core of
group has no quit in them. All
warriors, every one.
Matt Davison, SENAA West