Considering our luck over the day I suggested we stop by the Peace Ball to see if we might get into the event with media credentials. At the entrance to the Smithsonian National Postal Museum stood a dozen Code Pink activists. They were very organized and attended many of the inaugural events decked out in pink and adorned with signs supporting peace. I loved their can can dance. I spoke with one of the very kind event managers who after waiting for twenty minutes said “it’s your lucky day” and all four of us were invited in.
Holly Near was playing along with Emma’s Revolution. Listen to our interview with Pat Murphies on KVMR this Wed. between 1:00-2:00 P.M. Peace activist and performer, Harry Belafonte asked all of us to turn to a stranger and tell them what we were going to do to help renew America. Comedian and activist Dick Gregory a VIP at the inaugural events said he received a call that the secret service was going to pick him up. “Is that the same secret service in Dallas…? I think I’ll get my own ride”. There wasn’t a dry eye in sight when Joan Baez took to the stage and led a sing-a-long to Lennon’s Imagine. Eve Ensler of Vagina Monologues said this was a time for openings and Alice Walker shared brief but inspiring thoughts on new beginnings. An absolute highlight of the Peace Ball was wrapping up the day dancing to Michael Franti singing his Obama song, his younger son by his side.
Following interviews with Laura Flanders of GRITtv and Navasha Daya of Fertile Ground we left Washington D.C. at 1:30 A.M. feeling an overwhelming sense of excitement and ready for a four hour drive to New York City. After an amazing week I was ready to return home to my family and prepare the continuation of my plan of action to restore hope and unity within my community.
See Jane Do is featuring a special program on KVMR Wed. January 28th, 2009 from 1:00-2:00 P.M. highlighting our experience in D.C. and sharing the stories of the incredible women we met. For a sneak preview listen to a recent interview with See Jane Do on the KVMR evening news.
What does the inauguration mean to you and what are you going to do to make a difference?
Let us know at SeeJaneDo@kvmr.org.