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June 20, 2007

Many people have offered Nancy cash donations. Nancy’s expenses are moderate. There are others who need the money more. Being on downtown sidewalks we have met many homeless people. Many of them are veterans who are 23% of the homeless and 33% of the male homeless population. The veterans truly appreciate Nancy’s remembrance, as they feel forgotten. There are some great people working to help veterans and homeless people.

Central City Concern is working hard to end homelessness. They provide long term housing, jobs, and drug and alcohol treatment. If you have money to donate you can donate to Central City Concern Work Force Veterans Services.

The Sisters Of The Road bring the philosophy of Dorothy Day and the Catholic Workers to working with the homeless. 

Nancy uses about $20 worth of chalk a week and maybe $20 in printing. If you would like to give a direct donation of chalk or a kinkos card or a gift certificate to a masseuse, chiropractor or Inner City Hot Springs Nancy will give you a big chalky hug.

Bulgarian Sacrifice

June 20, 2007

The Iraq Names Project gives a visual history of the war. We see days where only one or two people died and then days with eight or 12 or 18. Sometimes the names tell a story. December 27th was such a day. 5 Bulgarians died that day.

Yuriy Ivanov of Ustrem was 31 years old when he died. 13 Bulgarians have died in Iraq. Bulgaria sends peacekeepers, medics and rescuers all over the world. Currently 5 Bulgarian medics (nurses) in Lybia are in prison facing a death sentence. The USA no longer considers Lybia and Muammar Gaddafi terrorists.

Solomon C Bangayan from Vermont was 24 when he died. He was buried in his native Philippines. He obtained his permanent residency visa shortly after joining the Army. Just weeks away from the end of his service he was hoping to go to nursing school.

Raphael S. Davis from Mississippi was 24 when he died.

The Honor The Fallen web site of the Military News says: His father, Clifton Bailey, said his son knew God wanted him home.

“He called me on Nov. 16, the day before his birthday,” Bailey said. “He tracked me down until he found me at work. I never heard him sound so happy. He told me he was coming home. We all assumed he meant Tutwiler, but he knew he was going to his heavenly home. He was calling me to say goodbye.”

Sheldon R. Hawk Eagle of Grand Forks North Dakota was 21 years old when he died. A Member of the Cheyenne River Sioux Nation. His parents were dead when he died. He comes from a large family with a long military history. He could trace his heritage to Crazy Horse on his father’s side, and Sitting Bill on his mother’s side.


June 20, 2007

This nice lady stopped to talk. She told me her mom was a founding member of PFLAG. They were living in the middle of Kansas when her brother came out and her mom got together with some parents in NYC she said.

Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays started by accident. “The idea for PFLAG began in 1972 when Jeanne Manford marched with her gay son in New York’s Pride Day parade. After many gay and lesbian people ran up to Jeanne during the parade and begged her to talk to their parents, she decided to begin a support group. The first formal meeting took place in March 1973 at a local church. Approximately 20 people attended.”

PFLAG grew slowly. First separate chapters in NYC and LA. Kansas was one of the first Bible Belt states to have a PFLAG chapter.  I’m guessing that our friends mom started the Kansas chapter. I’d love to hear more.

I saw the start of the Gay Pride Parade Sunday. The parade stated with Veterans for Human Rights providing the color guard. Then Veterans For Peace. Then it was time for me to go help Nancy who was chalking all alone.

Their banner has a quote from George Washington, When we assumed the Soldier we did not lay aside the citizen”. We could use more presidents like him.

Helping Out

June 20, 2007

Our good friends Barb and Dave bicycled downtown Sunday. First they went to the Gay Pride Parade, then they came over to the Steel Bridge to help Nancy chalk. They stayed for several hours. Chalking on the bridge had it’s dangers with constant bike, skateboard, rollerblade and unicycle traffic on a narrow sidewalk over the river.

Dave said of the experience ” Did Christmas day, 2003 — five names that day. The names from a day or two earlier had already largely faded away. Watching people walking by, halting a minute, then slowly moving along studying the names reminded me of the first time I saw the Stonehenge replica/memorial up in the Gorge. It was a beautiful day and I was alone, no one else around. I noticed on one of the stones a name, followed by 1893 – 1917, and I thought, how nice, someone made a contribution in his memory. Then noticed another name, and 1897 – 1915. Then another name, and another. All the stones had names, with dates all more or less the same, and it dawned on me … I stayed there a long time. Peace, David”

Joe took off her rollerblades and pitched in.

This Lake Oswego couple were on an after church Sunday walk when they found us and got down on the sidewalk in their Sunday best to help.

I wish I had gotten every ones names and stories. But we were all more focused on the task at hand, which tends to be emotionally demanding. This couple helped good bit. They also may have been on an after church stroll.

We would like to have you come and help out. Nancy is chalking weekdays early morning 7:15 – 8:15 and mid days on the weekends. She is on the East Side Esplanade heading up the ramp toward the convention center. Next weekend the Universal Unitarians will be having a national meeting at the Convention Center and Nancy will be chalking her way around the Convention Center and back toward Peace Park for the 4th of July.

The Cost In Oregon Lives

June 20, 2007

When Nancy comes upon the name of an Oregonian who has died she spends a little more time. The name is written in white chalk. The soldiers age and hometown are noted and a quote from the soldier or family member or friend is added.

This weekend she had to do the names of 4 Oregonians.

Erik Kesterson was 29 when he died November 15 2003. He had served 8 years in the Marines, but after September 11th he joined the Army. After his death his parents spearheaded a campaign to build an Afghan-Iraq Freedom Memorial. The statue stands today on the Capitol grounds in Salem OR.

2 Oregonians died on December 8th 2003. Joe Blinkenstaff of Corvallis was 23. His brother Erik and sister Suzy are members of Gold Star Families for Peace.

Christopher Rivera-Wesley was 26 when he died December 8th. After graduating from Beaverton High School he went to live with his Grandmother in Guam. She was ill and he was taking care of her. She died while he was in Iraq. “We thought he’d be able to come here and pay his respects to his grandmother,” his uncle Joseph Wesley said from Guam. “He tried to come home, but it didn’t work out. Now this happens and we’re all taking it very hard.”

Nathan Nakis of Albany was 19 when he died December 12th 2003. Nathan had just started studying engineering at OSU when his engineering National Guard unit was called to Iraq. “His heart was different than other people’s hearts,” family friend Mike Janicki said. “Nathan went over there to win the peace.”

Hard Work

June 19, 2007

I have a lot of pictures of Nancy in this position. Chalking names 7 hours a day is hard work. She does it for sacrifice and penance. The soldiers and their families sacrifice everything. The rest of us almost nothing. Nancy wants to share in the sacrifice. Our government is by the people. When our government invades countries by choice not need, when they kidnap people off the streets and send them to be tortured, when they hold people in prison without charges it is us doing these things. We all have sinned. So Nancy does penance.

Pat Litekey

June 19, 2007

June 15th Pat Litekey stopped to talk. In the 1990s Pat spent 2 years in Federal Prison for attempting to deliver a petition to Fort Benning calling for the closing of The School Of The Americas. While in prison he wrote these lines “While I emphatically recommend we drop, for the moment, all accolades such as heroes, prophets, martyrs and saints when referring to nonviolent peace and justice activists… That said, I’d have to mention, in passing, the Berrigan brothers, Dan and Phil, who electrified for me, still a conservative, stick in the mud seminarian in the sixties, the notion of standing there, doing something. But I made the mistake early on, of putting them way up there, certainly not of my league, and thus subtly letting myself off the hook as far as any nascent stirrings of revolt.”

Nancy has not let her self off the hook. Her commitment to the Iraq Names Project continues to inspire and awe me each day. Maybe it is something about Baltimore, an origin she shares with Pat Litekey and the Berrigans.

A Very Moving Weekend

June 19, 2007

I have not blogged for a while. I have been on the sidewalk helping Nancy chalk. She worked 14 this weekend. I was there for most of that time. Many other people stopped by to help out. There were many tears and hugs from passersby. We met a lot of amazing people, and saw some cool sites and had the nice people stop and help. I will start telling all above.