Have Signs Will Vigil: CNY Reacts
by Rae Kramer


...rain nor sleet nor cold keeps the Peace Outreach team from doing the job.

Since soon after 9/11/01 a small hardy group of SPC folks has been a steady presence in Syracuse. Moving to a different busy intersection each week, the outreach team has stood vigil with messages of nonviolence and resistance to war and occupation. As the war in Iraq grinds on more drivers respond with horn beeps to the sign, "Honk for Peace." Shouted variations of "Get a job commie" are also heard.

Was this weekly presence making an impact? What follows is a small unscientific sample of responses to the question, "What do you think about what these people are doing?" The question was asked of drivers waiting for a green light at two intersections: the corner of S. Salina and Colvin Streets, and the intersection of East Genesee St. and Erie Blvd. East.

- I think it's a good idea
- no comment
Peace pitreacj stalwarts Ed Kinane and Ann TIffany "reach out" to rush hour motorists at the corner of Teall Ave. and Burnet Ave. Photo:Amy Jurista.
- I think it's great. I don't have anyone in the service; they're all my people
- I agree. I was never in favor of the war in the first place
- I don't want this war, not at all. I think Bush is a jerk
- Bring the troops home
- I agree. I think it's nice they're out there
- If only there could be no war
- I love what Bush is doing. Tell him to keep it up. I'd join but I'm a little under the weather
- I definitely agree, of course

Anecdotally, team members' observations confirm what seems to be much more support for messages of peace than those of war. It is starting to look like we are moving from the fringe to the mainstream. We are reflecting the heartache and frustration of a nation uncomfortable with a worldwide image of rationalizing bully and torturer while millions of US citizens struggle with business as usual in New Orleans, Mississippi and the Medicare prescription maze.

We hope to see you at a corner nearby.

Rae Kramer is a longtime member of the Peace Newsletter Editorial Committee and a fun-loving troublemaker.



Rae Kramer is a longtime member of the Peace Newsletter Editorial Committee and a fun-loving troublemaker.