Thank you to the Community Life Integration Foundation, and to Ivy Brawner and Maurice Brackett (aka TOS) for the opportunity to perform at the Vallejo Man March yesterday. It was a truly powerful experience to walk down the street surrounded by my fellow citizens, shouting “Silence the Violence! Increase the Peace!”
At moments walking felt like dancing, and chanting felt like singing, and to me, both of those feel like praying. (It was Shabbat after all.) The cloudy skies held in the rain as we travelled from Sonoma and Maine to MLK Park, surrounded by a police escort, photographers, and local filmmakers from the movie Campaignin‘.
Many other community organizations were represented including the Vallejo Peace Project, Fresh Air Vallejo, Vallejo Together, and Justice for Mario Romero.
I did all of this for the cause, but it was truly a sweet surprise to find my name in the Vallejo Times Herald yesterday. Some of the other spoken word artists who turned out and either marched or performed poetry for the cause were C-Pow, Bodacious, Jeff Williams, Travis Jackson, and Stacy Sharelle.
My husband took several photographs of the march which can be found on my Facebook page. I also tried to take some of as many performers as I could prior to the rain.
This was intended to be the debut of an annual event, so if you missed it this year, stay tuned.
Forgive me if you performed or spoke and I did not mention you, as I’m terrible with names!