a note I got from Bay Ridge Neighbors for Peace:
from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. Saturday, June 28, you will find a few of us gathered near the entrance to Century 21 on 86th Street, where we will hold a "silent demonstration / vigil" aimed at bringing an end to the War in Iraq. We will each hold a sign bearing a simple message, asking our neighbors to "Please Do Something Today To Stop The War In Iraq."
Waw! Who would have thought that in 'conservative' Bay Ridge, Brooklyn we'd see a gang called Bay Ridge Neighbors for Peace? Not me, for sure.
But things do change, and little by little the neighborhood is exhibiting a sophistication about politics that is surprising to some and boringly inevitable to others.
Even the cop-fireman conversations around coffee and eggs in the early morning have changed. Nobody around here is happy with what Bush has done. Blind patriotism is not forthcoming. Mostly I hear it is about the waste of our young people. Sure there's sympathy for the innocent Iraqis, and sure there are some who think it's just for oil, but I gotta tell ya':
It's about the waste of our soldiers. These are not pacifist outcries I hear from my neighbors. These are practical, patriotic feelings. You just don't send soldiers out to die for any old reason, and it better not be just for money! We love our military around here. And we don't want them wasted for business friends of the Bush men.