My Encounter With the Anarchists by Carolyn S. Scarr
(anarchism |ˈanərˌkizəm| noun belief in the abolition of all government and the organization of society on a voluntary, cooperative basis without recourse to force or compulsion. from the dictionary in my MacIntosh)
Some years back I drove out alone to the Concord Naval Weapons Station, just to be a witness, with no intention of joining in an action. After some standing around on Port Chicago Highway where the tracks crossed the road , the majority of those present decided to go down and block the gate to the loading dock area.
Four young people wearing buttons with the circle A symbol of a San Francisco anarchists group asked if I could give them a ride down to that gate. They were pretty skinny and all fit in my Volvo.
As we drove down the road I could overhear their discussion. One of my passengers was a young woman new to the concept of civil disobedience. She was uncertain about whether she wanted to get arrested that morning –– probably for the first time.
The others in this group of anarchists talked with the young woman, laying out the ups and downs, the pros and cons of getting busted at all, and on that morning. None of them told her what she should do. I was impressed with their discussion, thinking quietly to myself that these young people were certainly clear on the concept of their principles.
I don’t remember what the occasion of my trip to the tracks was. Greg was certainly there, he always was. Definitely mid 90s or so. I did go out from time to time.
This is as full a story as I can think of. I am sure these folks came in from SF, so something must have been planned. I guess this is not a useful story except for my own enjoyment.
Carolyn Scarr — “Peace Poetry” I am constructing a Website for my friend, Carolyn Scarr’s writings. She is a formidable poet and deserves the wider audience a Website can afford her. Here she is, above, being the “Bad German”. You all remember the “Good German”, patriotic and supportive of her elected leader, tacitly acquiescing to … http://www.peacehost.net/Carolyn/
Carolyn Scarr Program coordinator at Ecumenical Peace Institute https://www.linkedin.com/public-profile/in/carolyn-scarr-6a932218?
“Birth Of a Nation” indeed! –a letter by Carolyn Scarr http://www.peacehost.net/haiti/birth.htm
Carolyn Scarr & Dr. Marc Sapir on activism (2 series events this week!) https://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2005/02/21/58403.php
2010-01-01 On the edge of peace: Voices from the faith-based peace & justice community Paperback – January 1, 2010 https://www.amazon.com/edge-peace-faith-based-justice-community/dp/B004OZ6WTA
Groups gear up for annual Good Friday protest at Livermore lab https://www.mercurynews.com/2013/03/25/groups-gear-up-for-annual-good-friday-protest-at-livermore-lab/
For the Healing of the Nations – A Virtual Service of Worship and Witness – Livermore Nuclear Weapons Lab http://trivalleycares.org/new/Good-Friday-2020-Program.pdf
2017-08-23 Reporting on Trump’s Afghan Escalation Omits Dead Afghan Civilians Carolyn Scarr Comments August 24, 2017 at 10:33 pm If we want a fair comparison we should see the life of Afghan civilians under the administration supported by the Soviet Union before the US invented Al Quaida to drive the Soviets out. https://fair.org/home/reporting-on-trumps-afghan-escalation-omits-dead-afghan-civilians/
Letter to Nuclear Regulatory Commission https://www.nrc.gov/docs/ML0317/ML031760188.pdf
2002-09-03 Look behind the lines for answers to Iraq – Scarr Letter to Editor https://www.berkeleydailyplanet.com/issue/2002-09-03/article/14383
2020-01-00 St. John’s Calendar From the Mission & Justice Commission submitted by Lisa Blampied At the January 7, 2020 meeting of the St. John´s Mission and Justice Commission, participants . . . … heard Carolyn Scarr read her poem, “For Dr. Martin Luther King on his Birthday.” This moving piece is based, in part, on verses from the 49th Chapter of Isaiah and concludes noting, “Yet still he lives/in the dream rising again/that if, like him, we will/God works through us.” https://www.stjohnsberkeley.org/
RulemakingComments Resource Subject: Attn: Rulemakings and Adjudication: Dear Secretary, I wish to become a co-petitioner on the Petition for Rulemaking submitted February 15, 2012 by Nuclear Information and Resource Service and 37 other organizations. This petition would make substantial and necessary improvements in the NRC’s emergency planning regulations. Please inform me when this petition is docketed for public comment. Thank you. Carolyn Scarr, Ecumenical Peace Institute/CALC https://www.nrc.gov/docs/ML1303/ML13031A296.pdf