These photos were taken at yesterday's (Saturday the 23rd of September 2006) Declaration of Peace event. They were taken on the way to, near and at the Indian Island Naval reservation. Indian Island serves as the largest US military Ammunition Dump on the West coast. If an explosives laden vessel exploded while in port, the nearby towns, including Port Townsend assumingly all be utterly destroyed. The explosion might be forceful enough that the concussion alone would tear living tissue from bones over a mile away.
I took part in the days events, festivities and political actions so that I might also make a personal declaration of peace. I hereby declare peace against all those who seek the destruction or degradation of: human beings, familes, neighborhoods, communities, civil institutions, civil infrastructure, and last but not least, the Earth.
This was not how I arrived at the park. It was a good time though. Thanks to the kind and able photographer who took this picture.
H. J. Carroll Park
H. J. Carroll Park with the headstones and grave markers of the Arlington NW memorial.
Nature trail, with nice ambience, at park
Condi, George and Rummy, looking pressed, await the long march.
Was the "Kinetic Kop" ready to arrest any and all criminal war planners? (Note of concern - he proudly stated that he accepts bribes!) Well, he was very helpful alerting the oncoming traffic to the presence of well over 200 marchers who were hugging the shoulder of the road all 3.7 miles.
Free Fort Lewis War Resistors. Support First Lt. Ehren Watada's principled refusal to serve in an illegal war.
A view from the bridge upon approach of Indian Island
The view of Mt. Baker from the park near the entrance to the Indian Island military facility.
Jim James, president of Veterans for Peace, Rachel Corrie Chapter 109, while loading gravestones that symbolize the American Soldiers who have died in Iraq since 2003; 2695 soldiers have died as of today.
A golden anchor, hm, is that like the Golden Rule? 35 peace activists declared peace and were arrested while peacably assembled to express their political message: stop the illegal use of depleted uranium munitions and End the Iraq war ASAP!
"These colors don't run...
Here's a link to an article from the PDN about the action: http://www.peninsuladailynews.com/sited/story/html/264352