Friday, July 04, 2008
Happy Fourth of July
Something is very wrong on this Fourth of July, when the vast majority of America's citizens and the rest of the world want our occupying forces out of Iraq immediately, yet the oligarchy that is trying to squeeze the last dollar out of the world's oil supply is not allowing that to happen.
Their greed and short-sightedness is going to be disastrous for us all, and at this point all we can do is bear witness, as this mostly Quaker group in front of the Golden Gate Avenue Federal Building reminds us every Thursday at noon.
I joined the group for lunch at the Golden Kim Tar Restaurant on Larkin Street, where the busboy was wearing a very funny T-shirt.
I asked Stephen Matchett (above) what he was doing for the Fourth of July, and he replied "Going to jail." It turned out that he was giving a Quaker "Alternatives to Violence Project" workshop at the San Francisco County jail in San Bruno. "Is the program just for prisoners?" I asked, and he said, "No, there are Community workshops too, but they can get really contentious with people screaming at each other. I much prefer the prison ones."
So on this Fourth, here's a wish that humanity learns to stop murdering and torturing and screaming at each other, and instead learns how to behave before we completely self-destruct.