I dreamed that I went to a meeting of anti-war/anti-expansion people. I told them that we need to do something other than just aquiese to being part of their system, providing more bodies at their meetings, writing more words that can be bound into their EIS publication as evidence of public participation. We need to do something that is spiritually non-cooperative with their agenda and something that is visually potent and noticable. The cowboy hats are a start.
For most of us it goes against our nature to be disruptive or to draw attention to ourselves. It seems errogant or impolite. We have been brought up to behave ourselves in public and to be polite. But when we participate in the ways that we are supposed to, we lend validity to a culture and to a process that is wrong. We need to be present in protest, in ways that are evident, even if we don't speak.
At first everyone was resistant to me; resentful and arguementative. I told them that I didn't feel like I am part of a peace and justice community with them; that the only time I see them is at meetings like this one, once or twice a year.
Upon waking it came to me that we need to launch a campaign with the them, "Speaking a Different Language." Part of the problem with our contributions to the EIS process is that our words get swallowed up in the sheer volume of vergiage. Our words are like little, tender sappling in a rainforest of tree-words. The simply make the forest look a little bigger. We need to be the orchids which bloom in the midst of the forest.
Instead of commenting on the next EIS in their language we should make our comments in other languages. We should submit works of art with thoughts written in, mixed with images and old family photos with comments written on them. We need children's drawings of their homes and life-ways. We need old codgers reciting cowboy poetry, we need FFA kids singing songs, old ladies showing quilts which symbolize their land and their lives or dramatists speaking as the voices of the lost souls of the Purgatory in a dramatic interpretation. Such unorthodox comments, in other languages will not get lost in the forest of words because they are a different language, representing a set of values from the governmental/military bureaucracy double-speak.
We should all wear cowboy hats. The real cowboys can wear their real cowboy hats, but we should give everyone who is willing to wear one, an orange cowboy hat to wear. Orange to symbolize the rising sun, the prairie dawns that have been rising upon Pinon Canyon for a hundred years and that we pray will continue to rise for centuries to come. We need a visual that shows a see of cowboy hats; real ones and those of supporters.
The best thing that could happen is that they would disallow this different language to be spoken in EIS hearings. That would really grab the attention of the media and the public. If such languages as art and music and drama are deemed to be taboo forms of expression by the military, that is a statement in itself. We could publish our alternative EIS report titled, Pinon Canyon Expansion EIS Responses in A Different Language. It would contain all very-person and creative EIS comments and would become a best-seller!
The second best thing that could happen is that they would allow us to make our comments in our "different language" and that the media would pick up on that.
Our theme needs to be; "We speak a different language because we have different values and a different way of life from the military."