Skip to content Vigil for Cindy Sheehan at Middlefield and Colorado, Palo Alto

“We should do this more often,” said the woman to my right, and others murmured and nodded in agreement.

Tonight over 50 people from my neighborhood gathered at a busy intersection in Palo Alto for one of several vigils for Cindy Sheehan held in this zip code alone. So many people showed up–the majority middle-aged women, the backbone of many a righteous movement–that the vigil split into two contingents, one on the north side of the street, the other on the south. We stood quietly chatting, our signs and candles held high in the fading light of a late summer day, while people driving by waved and honked and smiled.

Part of the power of our small contingent was knowing that many other small contingents were gathering at the same time. I checked this morning to learn that in less than twenty-four hours the vigil I was attending had gone from zero to its limit of fifty. Just in a five-mile radius alone, I counted hundreds of people confirmed to attend vigils. The rest of today I compulsively checked the website every few minutes, typing in different zip codes I have lived in and playing with the radius limiter to see what was happening in the wider Peninsula/Bay Area. I could see that we who gathered on a local streetcorner were part of a vast, distributed rebuke, not only to a president snubbing a dead soldier’s mother, but also to this entire arrogant, misbegotten administration and its willingness to maim and kill so many young Americans on its own behalf.

“Bye, thank you, see you next time,” said one woman as she snuffed her candle and headed home.

Yes, you will.


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