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When All Else Fails

By | Oct 31, 2014

I clarified to him that our blockade was not going to let anything in or out.

“Well, I’m going to open the gates, then!” He declared in a tone that said, ‘alright, you asked for it.’ The negotiation phase was over; now, they were using intimidation.

When he opened the gates, the driver climbed into his truck and lurched forward, blaring his horn.


My Mom is a Bartender

By | Oct 21, 2014

Amidst a swirl of budget cuts and an ever-increasing workload, Mom resigned from her job as a school psychologist at the Watkins Glen School District in 2012. After resigning, she took up a profession she had been doing on and off since she was 18 and in college: bartending.


First Amendment Rights Don’t Come First

By | Oct 3, 2014

…as the excitement from Flood Wall Street died down, I saw that day much differently. I now see how tightly the police controlled us, and, subsequently, how watered-down our first amendment right to peaceably assemble was.


Our Car-Centered Society

By | Sep 29, 2014

While walking along Route 65 out of Maumee and toward Toledo, a pick-up truck operated by a sleeping driver struck me head on. Unlike the unfortunate Peace Marcher in 1986, I can live to tell the tale.


The Fruits of Our Labor

By | Aug 29, 2014

…corporations have no right to be exploiting people, whether they live in Nebraska or Texas or the Ecuadorian Rainforest, and I know that this current system cannot last. Although the Tar Sands Blockade failed to stop TransCanada in the south, the northern section of KXL has not been built because of activists.


Double the Trouble

By | Aug 23, 2014

I sat down beside a bubbling stream near our campsite, dipped my feet into the cool water and wrote Rob a letter. I described to him the beauty of Colorado, the physical challenge of walking 15 to 20 miles each day and the incredible new family I had acquired in the Marchers. I ended the letter by begging him to come out and see it for himself.


Crossing Over

By | Aug 22, 2014

Each marcher passed through the portal individually. On the Colorado side of the portal there was a bowl, and as each marcher passed through we poured some of our water into the bowl and announced what we were leaving behind and what we looked forward to moving into Nebraska.


A Vow of Silence

By | Jun 25, 2014

The purpose of constantly having someone silent on the march is so we can represent those who have no voice in this issue. It is my turn to carry this torch. Ben just finished his 10 day silence, and in his place I will be silent for a week


America the Beautiful

By | Jun 20, 2014

Here lies Berenice Tompkins, dead from pollution from tar sands oil refineries like Suncor. She breathed the air and it killed her. What world are we living in where we have no clean air? Let Berenice’s death be a reminder to all of us of those who have been silenced, sickened, and killed by air pollution…


Colorado Springs

By | Jun 15, 2014

While I’m on the march, I want to focus less on the material world and more on the finer things; nature, friendships, music, making a difference in my world, and my personal development.


Faces and Stories

By | Jun 7, 2014

In Fort Garland, Colorado, we had a stay day and camped for two nights across the street from the old fort, which is now a museum.


Bringers of the Rain

By | May 25, 2014

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First Day: May 24th
I can’t ever say enough about how incredible my first day was.