Vigiling at Naval Base Kitsap-Bangor

Vigil at naval base gateResponding to Comments from
People in Cars, Newspaper Articles and the Curious

Susan Crane

A couple of times a week  we’ve been standing in front of Naval Base Kitsap-Bangor, holding signs, as people come and go at shift-change time.  We’ve been joined by local activists as well as Malcolm, a member of Veterans for Peace.

Some coming off the base wave to us or return peace signs while others yell at us to “go home,” and some give a thumbs down or half a peace sign, which I figure is better than none.  Some from the base have stopped to talk with us.  “We need our firearms.”  “Where would we be without war?” “We don’t want to be taken over by Nazis, or communists, or El Qaida.”    “These nuclear weapons keep us safe”  Some have simply asked us why we are there.

And then there have been the responses to articles in the newpapers–most recently there have been 90 responses, most quite hostile, to an article that my son, Chet Collins, wrote for the Ukiah Daily Journal.

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