My experience promoting peace to Cleveland Browns and Miami Dolphins fans heading to FirstEnergy Stadium for the Sunday, November 24th game was, as usual, a mixed blessing. While my peace message was mostly supported or at least tolerated, one Browns fan tagged me with a brand new moniker–and it wasn’t pretty. My gig lasted three hours before the 1 p.m. game, ranging roughly from 10:15 to 1:15, with yours truly cheerily greeting folks with a smiling “Good morning!” and once past noon, saying “Hi!” while standing about 100 yards from the southwest gate of the stadium. A few remembered me from earlier games, but a couple of fans noticed I had not been there for the previous game–a Thursday night battle against the Pittsburgh Steelers, which will be remembered eternally for the fight between the Browns’ defensive end Myles Garrett and Steelers quarterback Mason Rudolph.
Cleveland Peace Action supports Rep. Betty McCollum (D-MN) for her reintroduction of House Resolution 2407. HR 2407 forbids U.S. aid to Israel to be used for the jailing and incarceration of Palestinian children in the West Bank, which has been under illegal Israeli military occupation for more than a half-century. Each year between 500 and 1,000 Palestinian children are thrown in jail by Israeli occupation forces. Then they are often subjected to torture and abuse before receiving a “trial” in a military tribunal, usually without legal representation and with court documents in Hebrew, not Arabic. Cleveland Peace Action applauds the example set by Rep. McCollum who has put her values of democracy, tolerance, and equal rights for all into practice with the reintroduction of this important bill. Cleveland Peace Action urges Cleveland Area voters to contact their U.S. Representatives and ask them to support HR 2407 by becoming a co-sponsor.
This action coincides with our No Rights/No Aid campaign urging Congress to restrict military aid to Israel until the rights of Palestinians are equal to the rights of Israeli Jews. https://www.facebook.com/No-RightsNo-Aid-100418671345351/
For further information, please contact Cleveland Peace Action at [email protected] or 216-205.1427.
For the first time ever, my Peace Flag suffered an f-bomb prior to the nationally-televised NBC Sunday Night Football game between the Cleveland Browns and Los Angeles Rams while I stood outside the southwest gate of FirstEnergy Stadium. Later on, however, there was moral support from a caped “superhero.”
On the other hand, it was a mostly positive afternoon/evening, promoting peace for a few hours to hundreds of Browns fans as well as an impressive number of Rams fans while wearing my 51-year-old U.S. Army uniform and carrying my controversial flag. As has always been the case with crowds of people, whether it’s fans going to Indians games or Browns games, many seemed deaf to my greetings. I was my usual cheery self, letting my veteran uniform and peace flag do my proselytizing.
A brief bit of “performance art,” you might say, complemented my time promoting peace to hundreds of Cleveland Browns fans and some Tennessee Titans fans heading to FirstEnergy Stadium on Sunday for the first regular season game for both National Football League teams. As usual, I was wearing my 51-year-0ld U.S. Army uniform and carrying my peace flag, standing about a hundred yards from the southwest gate of the stadium.
Several people–mostly men–shook my hand, which was gratifying, with them always saying “Thank you for your service.” Several men and women said same without shaking my hand, perhaps not agreeing with my peace message but appreciating my service, which included a year in Vietnam as a reporter, then editor, for the U.S. Army’s First Infantry Division newspaper. A few people recognized the “Big Red One” patch on my left shoulder.