No matter how hard the majority party and the Bush administration has tried to prevent it, today John Conyers and the Downing Street Minutes OFFICIALLY made it OUT of the basement and into the Law Auditorium at Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan where they were greated by a packed room and the local press too.
When I first walked into the law auditorium, I was disappointed in its small size and said so. A young woman who had followed me into the room said, "Hey, this room is bigger than the closet in Washington!" Perspective, I guess! It's all about perspective.
And despite the bigger room than Washington, DC, the crowd in this room grew until the Panel was pressed back against the front wall and people were seated in the jury box and around the room and filling the balcony.
Yes! The panel and we all agreed, this was no basement and no closet and this administration and this majority party was not going to be able to continue to stonewall the truth when people like us refuse to let the dirty facts hidden in the DSM, Rove, and Treason-gate be shoved back into the closet and into the basement again.
Nope, we're out and we're bringing you the facts!
In a previous thread, I asked Truth Shall Prevail to posts the comments from the presenters. Now I would like to take this short time to give today's event some meaning. Quotes are great, but what each of the presenters and each of us has to share is a story! It's sharing our stories that help teach others and direct them to take the blinders off and see the cause and effect of the choices our current administration and their lap-dogs (majority party) in congress have brought to each of us.
Let me tell you about one of the special presenters today.
Lila was spotlighted in Michael Moores documentary Farenheit 9-11 although I have never seen it, I had heard her name. Lila Lipscomb whose son was killed in Iraq just after the start of the war spoke to us softly and with the pain of her dead son being heard in every syllable whispered from her soul. She spoke with adoration and pride for her son and the deepest grief that he chose to honor his oath instead of running to Canada. Grief! Her words are full of never-ending love and grief for her dear child.
It is with those emotions she both begged for us to get involved, and challenged us to get in peoples' faces and "take off their blinders and make them see the truth." She spoke of people who blindly support the President's war while being too afraid to talk to her face to face!
"We have been sound asleep since Vietam!" Lila insisted to the full room "and it's time we woke up to see what they're doing. Take a look at America..." she said, "What causes gangs to form in America?" Explanations were enumerated from around the room, "Poverty...." "No employment", "Depression", "loss of hope,"
Lila nodded in agreement. "Yes, we all agree...stripping your resources and loss of hope lead to gangs in America. And this is what they've done in Iraq. This is why they now host terrorism where they never have before. Now look at America where they've stripped our resources. Think about the loss of resources here...THIS is how they're building our new military!"
"Since my son has died, I have learned to put the dots together. We need to put the dots together and get involved. We can not be isolated. Don't be afraid to hug someone and connect with them because this is how we will help others learn and grow strong enough to speak out too!"
We're not asleep so let's listen to Lila and share our stories, get in people's faces, and determinedly remove those blinders. The alarm clock is ringing and it's way past time to wake up America!