Monday, November 06, 2006


On this, the eve of the elections of 2006 there is certainly fear and trepidation in the air. No one can be certain of the outcome. No one can be sure their vote will be counted.

This does not absolve us of our responsibility.

When I was much younger and spent hours, days, weeks, months and even years picketing, protesting, feeding and housing the homeless and getting arrested on their behalf I was fortunate enough (early on) to meet twice a week for almost two years with Phil Berrigan.

His brother Dan was once asked by a frustrated activist, "How do you handle it when you work so hard to change people's minds and you do not get any positive responses?"

His answer was exceedingly simple and straight to the point:

"We do not have a responsibility to be heard. We have a responsibility to speak."

Follow your conscience and vote!


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