Channel 13, WNYT did a great piece last night on my coming home from the Journey for Justice. Watch it here:
The Altamont Enterprise published photos of our first day walking. At Stewart’s in Guilderland, I had run into Jerry Hauser (who I had not seen in years) and he noticed that Melissa Hale Spenser, editor of the Altamont Enterprise, was just driving up (see: https://projectsalam.wordpress.com/page/2/).
Melissa was out taking photos for another story, when she spotted us. The photos are published here:
Best of all, the Altamont Enterprise published and editorial about Yassin Aref. In the print version (I highly recommend subscribing, at $29 a year, it is the best bargain!), the editorial is accompanied by a startling drawing – me walking, Yassin in an hour-glass prison with the sands running out, and the women and children walking. A very moving drawing.
My friend from Chicago, Barbara Lyons, emailed me that she got a blister at a protest. Public protest is something we should all engage in, but, I do not want people to get blisters! To encourage more people in peaceful public protest, this is what I learned about preventing blisters:
- Wear two pairs of socks. This way, the socks rub against each other and not against your foot
- If you think you are going to get a blister or have one, use moleskin to protect it. Bandaids don’t work. Moleskin is amazing stuff. Even the ER doctor recommended moleskin. So, have a package at the ready. You can cut the moleskin to the right size, and moleskin is stretchy and can be formed around the curved parts of the foot.
- If possible, don’t lance the blister. The outer skin will protect the blister while the fluid in it is reabsorbed.
- Baby your feet. Wear comfortable shoes. If your feet hurt, its difficult to go to protests!
By the way, Barbara was protesting the wrongful incarceration of Gregory Koger. I met Gregory in Chicago, and he is a wonderful, amazing activist. He was sent to jail yesterday for videotaping (his case is outrageous, a travesty of justice). Please sign his petition at: https://www.change.org/petitions/tom-dart-cook-county-sheriff-release-gregory-koger-on-electronic-monitoring#
I am glad to be home! The weather yesterday and today has been perfect walking weather, unlike the stifling heat I experienced. I am glad we went paddling on the Susquahanna and I am even more glad my husband, Dan Van Riper rescued me from the river. And, I am very glad we delivered the petitions to the judge!