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ON-DUTY HOUSTON COP JOINS VIGIL


By Jeff Norman

U.S. Tour of Duty
September 26, 2005

Contrary to various warnings that we were entering hostile territory, a very warm crowd of 350 turned out on short notice at Metropolitan Community Church in Houston last night to hear a well-rounded roster of U.S. Tour of Duty speakers discuss the American occupation of Iraq and related issues. Former CIA analyst Mel Goodman had his speech interrupted by a phone call from Joan Baez, who sung two songs and talked about the "wall of denial" which many of us feel is in the process of being torn down. Earlier Cindy Sheehan had called to thank everyone for their support.

In a rare gesture of solidarity by a police officer, Deputy Esmeralda Lopez (Harris County Constable, Precinct 6), who was on-duty at our event, adopted a relaxed posture and held a candle during the vigil. At dinner later in the evening, Rep. Jackson Lee (Out of Iraq Congressional Caucus), who along with her staff did a great job hosting us, agreed with me that when the cops start joining peace marches while on duty, it's a sure sign that public support for Bush's war is dwindling rapidly.

As momentum builds for the big rally in Crawford on Saturday, the tour moves to Austin tonight, outdoors at Jo's with Jim Hightower. More info at www.ustourofduty.org.

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