Last night, I stood vigil with the Women in Black for 90 minutes along highway 525, the main north/south route on the island. Dressed all in black, in silent witness for peace, fifty women of all ages stood in a long line facing the highway as cars whizzed by.
Many cars slowed down to get a good look. Many flashed peace signs or waved or honked in support. A few flashed something else or yelled obscenities. Here on the south end of the island, the atmosphere is progressive and there is a lot of speaking out about the war in Iraq. On the north end, there is a Navy air base and the attitude is much more conservative.
Several women from my congregation were present, one in a wheelchair. I felt proud to be part of the gathering.