Monday, August 28, 2006

Pictures of special events

Sundays at noon or thereabouts, one or two regular vigilers show up on the bridge and stay until 1 p.m. Once in awhile two people from Annapolis Friends Meeting (Quakers) arrive about 1 and stay until 2 p.m. But participation in the vigil increases on the anniversary of the U.S. attack on Iraq and when we hold an extra vigil at noontime on a Saturday while a national antiwar march is taking place.

2006 (Probably) the third anniversary





2005 The second anniversary










2004 Probably the first anniversary




Is there some connection between this vigil and Code Pink?

The two most consistent participants in this vigil were in a crowd that marched from Dupont Circle to the vice president's residence (in Washington, DC) one afternoon in the fall of 2002 and there heard the announcement that Code Pink had been formed.

One of the two most consistent participants in this vigil spent five Friday afternoons taking part in Code Pink's 4-month daily vigil in front of the White House that began in November 2002.





Sometimes the Code Pink vigil was fairly small, too.


And the same two participants in this vigil took part in Code Pink's demonstration and march on International Women's Day (March 8), 2003.


The text on this marcher's shirt reads "Millions of corporations served."





Flier from second week

I don't have this on hand, but when I put my hands on it I'd like to post it here. So this entry is a placeholder.

Call to action: how the weekly vigil began

On Friday, February 28, 2003, about fifty people in the Annapolis (Maryland) area got this message:

Hi friends, and family,
Are you free on Sunday from noon to 1:00 p.m.? I am trying to
organizing a 'bridges for peace' gathering on the Spa Creek bridge
and need people to stand with me, to hold signs of their own
thoughts, such as 'peace' or anything else that is meaningful to
you, or to just be there. I got involved in Maine Bridges for Peace
recently, which is where this idea germinated last October, and
thought I'd try to get it going here. It is a very direct yet simple
way to feel a voice in our community about the possibility of war
with Iraq, while also participating in a much wider movement. In
Maine they meet every Sunday from noon to 1pm on bridges all over the state. It started on the Damariscotta Bridge and has grown to span the Maine coast from Portland to Canada. I went to the Bath, Maine bridge a few weeks ago with my banner which read 'boatbuilders for peace'. At least there's one. . . . . .

I'd love to have you join me this Sunday, March 1, 2003 on the Spa Creek Bridge. We have lots of bridges to expand to here!

You can check the Maine Bridges for Peace Project web page for further information at www.peacebridges.org
We will be linked to them as support builds here in Annapolis. Call
me if you have any questions, [phone number deleted for posting on the Internet]. Please come and bring your friends and families, rain or shine.

Sincerely,
Sigrid


In response to this message, on Sunday, March 2, 2003, about fifty people showed up to take part in our first vigil on the Spa Creek bridge and a few others in the smaller vigil on Stoney Creek bridge, on Ft. Smallwood Road in Pasadena, Maryland. With a few exceptions (around a dozen as of August 2006), someone has kept the Spa Creek bridge vigil every Sunday since then. The second week, around thirty people took part in it, then the number dropped into the teens for a few weeks, then hovered around a half dozen before dropping to just one or two regular participants.