|Janice Sevre Duszynska participates in peaceful demonstration in front of Colombian Embassy in Washington DC on Friday. (woman with red hair wearing a stole)|
As a person who served time in Federal Prison for crossing the line to shut down the School of the Americas at Ft. Benning, Georgia, I had to be at the Colombian Embassy yesterday.
Washington, D.C. has a flourishing Colombian-American community. They came out yesterday morning in front of the Colombian Embassy on 17th and Massachusetts Avenue to show their deep support for the people of Colombia struggling against the fascist government supported by the U.S. through tax dollars and military personnel.
With songs, chanting, drumming and their presence these mainly young persons filled the sidewalks with colorful posters and photos of victims of government repression. When their names were read, a great silence prevailed and heads bowed in reflection. International reporters were on hand interviewing many. Supporters in cars showed their solidarity by honking their horns as they drove by.
There were no arrests and eventually as the gathering continued to grow, the police closed off Massachusetts Avenue. After a mock-up of a green army tank pulled up promoting “Healthcare Not Warfare” and “Invest in Peace,” we were drawn towards its welcoming message of caring for community. Soon, ( like a vase) it was filled with huge colorful paper maiche flowers.