By Mary Beth Schlagheck and Judy Miner
On Tuesday, 9/22/2015, six nonviolent peacemakers gathered for a solemn vigil at the closed, padlocked gates of Volk Field, US Air National Guard Base, Camp Douglas, WI. In the 3 ½ years of vigils at the base never before have the gates been locked at 3:30 in the afternoon; they knew we were coming. Standing in the road before the gates, the vigilers took turns reading the names of those innocent victims who were killed as a result of US drone strikes. The vigil closed with one of the vigilers leading the group in singing “THE VEGETABLE MARKET.”
In solidarity with Campaign Nonviolence spirit of “Sewing Seeds of Hope”, each person took a handful of seeds they had brought and cast them along the base fence and road symbolizing planting seeds of peace, not war. As the vigil left the area it was noted that the gates were then opened and the cars came streaming out as they had always done in the past. In this sense, truly, we did shut down access to the base if even for just one hour.
See photos below from this actions.
Photo Credit: Mary Beth Schlagheck