Wednesday, 15 April 2015 21:48

2001- Peace and Justice

I had always been somewhat politically active. By the time I was in third grade, I knew that I was not like other boys that were always playing war or with their army men. I knew even at that age that I had no desire to be in the military. I had no desire to be a soldier. 

By the time I was 18. the country was embroiled in the Vietnam fiasco. One friend went to Canada. Others tried to get student deferments. Some went and came back totally changed. Mom and George talked about buying property in Mexico at one point and I think that was considered as a possibility if Roger or I was called up to serve. 

In those days, there was a "draft." That meant that if you were male, when you were 18, you had to sign up with the local draft board. Then there was a lottery to see who would actually have to serve. Long before I turned 18, I was already working on my "Conscientious Objector" status and had written several supporting documents for the draft board. I was clear in my belief that killing was wrong. I became an ordained minister with the Universal Life Church. I had a letter from the founder of the Metropolitan Community Church, Troy Perry, supporting my case for C.O. status. I attended every war protest march that I could and kept a record of those activities.

When I turned 18, I had to go before the San Diego draft board to plead my case for C.O. status. I remember there being six men in the room and I had to tell them why I could not serve in the military. It was very stressful, as I had always had problems with public speaking, but apparently I made a good case and was given the Conscientious Objector status.

Down through the years, I always voted. Once, I got lulled into the "third party" mirage and made the error of voting for Anderson instead of Carter. Looking back on that, I realize how stupid it was, but at the time, I somehow got convinced that voting for Anderson was a viable alternative. Pf course, all it accomplished was splitting up the Democratic vote. Reagan won that election and went on to do a lot of damage to the country that we would be living with for the next thirty years. I realized the folly of voting third party and have stayed with the Democratic party ever since. 

I have probably always been a little more to the left than the Democratic party. I have always been proud to be "liberal" and refer to myself as "progressive." In San Francisco, I marched against the first Gulf War and every war since. I did phone banking for Clinton, Gore, Kerry, and Obama. I was very disappointed when Gore withdrew from the recount and let the Supreme Court hand over the election to Bush. I think Gore made a big mistake when he distanced himself from the great economic Clinton policies and record. I think he made a huge mistake to acquiesce to the Supreme Court decision and didn't fight harder. 

The first four years of the W. Bush administration brought us the horrors of the twin towers falling and it was evident that the Bush and Cheney administration had a been asleep at the wheel. Then they steered us into the second Gulf war in Iraq. Eventually they would bring the country to the brink of another Great Depression. 

After 9/11/2001 and the twin towers fell, Bush and Cheney, chicken-hawks that they were, started rattling the war sabers and lying about weapons of mass destruction. There were many of us that knew from the beginning that this was all a ruse. There was a meeting called together in Vallejo of anti-war activists and the group came to be called The Solano Peace and Justice Coalition. One of the church members from First Christian Church had gone to that first meeting and invited me to the second meeting. I would participate in the group and do their website for the next few years. 

Many in S.P.J.C. were further to the left of me in many ways. Many of them identified themselves as "Green Party." In 2000, many of them had advocated for Ralph Nader. They would make all these erroneous claims about the Democrats being too much like the Republicans. It was ludicrous to hear some of them say there was no difference between the Republicans and Democrats. Their proclamations did more for the Republican party than advancing any agenda for progressives. To this day, I believe that the main reason the 2000 election was as tight as it was, was because of Ralph Nader siphoning off votes from the Democratic party. Ralph Nader and the Green Party on a national level were totally counterproductive. 

Eventually, S.P.J.C. kind of petered our. People lost interest as the Afghanistan and Iraq wars continued on. Toward the last year of the group. there were only a small handful of the most dedicated members still attending. Other's would send emails making all kinds of suggestions but did not follow through with any attendance. At the end, there were only four of us that really participated at all. We did several episodes for Community Access T.V. in Vallejo. 

Here are some pics and videos from the Solano Peace and Justice Coalition era of my life and a couple of other protests after SPJC had disbanded. : 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Article

01. Introduction

03- Dads Family

03- Photos of my Father and his family

04- My Mother's Family

04- Photos of my Mom

04- Video of my Mom

04- Walling Family Reunions

04-Audio Files of My Mom

04. Billie

04. Ole

04.1. Forbidden Dreams of Love

04.2. Flames of Forbidden Love

04.3 Mom Writing Her Life Story

05- Jim Tarbert

05. Roger

1950's Grandview to Toppenish

1957-1958 1st Grade

1958-1959- Third Grade

1959- Palouse

1961- 4th Grade- Last time I wore a dress

1962- Abilene

1963- Escondido- Early 60's

1964- Darlene Marries Chuck

1964- My Beatle Haircut

1964-The Luv Please

1965 or 1966- Steve Castle

1965- In Foster Care

1966 Living with Darlene & Chuck in Seattle

1967- Juvenile Hall

1976- I Praise Thee (poem to Stanley)

1976- My Second Lover, Stanley Dunne

1976- Paul McCartney and Wings

1976-1330 Bush Street #9J

1977- 1667 Haight Street

1977- Trip to San Diego with Mary Jo

1977-1980- Tumultuous Relationship with John Perry

1978- 525 Haight Street

1979- September- Dad is Murdered

1980's- AIDS- Death and Dying

1980- Winter- First Trip to New York

1980- Word, Sound and Power

1981- Milton- Falling in Love

1982-1993 465 Waller Street

1982-1994 Computers to MacNursing

1984- 33rd Birthday

1985- Graduation from Nursing School

1985- Trip to Hawaii (Oahu)

1988- MIdnight Caller

1989- Earthquake!

1991- Aug 10th- Mom Passes Away

1991- Black Males in Oils

1991- Crack of My Life

1993- Move to Vallejo & Our First Home

1995-1. Road Trip to Washington

1995-2. Surprise Trip to Vegas

1995-3. Grandmother Rogers & Aunts Visit Darlene's

1995-4. Amber

1998- Camping at Russian River

2000 -Thoughts about Progressive Christians

2000- Resignation from John George

2001- April- Trip to Cancun

2001- Peace and Justice

2001- September 11th

2002- April-Puerto Vallarta & Blue Bay Getaway

2002- Nov 12th- My Stepfather, George McHenry Passes Away

2003- Trip to D.C. and N.Y.

2004- Feb- Road Trip to Baha Mexico

2004- Walling Family Reunion in Spokane

2005- Christmas Poem

2005- Darlene Visit for Pride Celebration

2005- Trip to Orlando

2005-1. Europe- London

2005-2. Europe- Paris

2005-3. Europe- Venice

2005-4. Europe- Florence

2005-5. Europe- Rome

2005-6. Europe- Athens

2005-7. Knee Surgery & Tongue Biopsy

2006 Christmas Poem

2006- February 23- Times Herald

2006- Palm Springs White Party

2006- Trip to Seattle

2006-July 8th Solano Peace and Justice Coalition BBQ

2007- Feb- Carnival Destiny- Our First Cruise

2007- Tre and Casey Visit

2008- Aug 15-18 Spokane Visit

2008- Psycho Song

2009- Honored by Vallejo Gay Network

2009- Women in Oils

2010 Christmas Poem

2010- Feb. R.C. Mariner of the Seas Mexican Riviera Cruise

2010- June 24- Badlands

2010- Trip to Seattle

2010-1. Europe- Amsterdam

2010-2. Europe- Paris

2010-3. Europe- Barcelona & Sitges

2010-4. Europe- Madrid

2011-1. Feb. My Fabulous 60th Birthday Weekend

2011-2. April- L.A., Palm Springs & "The White Party"

2011-3. Poem- Girl From Medical Lake

2011-4. Old Man Dancing

2011-5. May- Misty and Alex Visit

2011-6. August- Darlene and Sean's Visit

2011-7. Alex 16-18 & Pics

2012- March- Carnival Splendor Mexican Riviera with Family

2013- Wedding

2014- Christmas Poem

2014- First Gay Cruise

2014- September Road Trip to San Diego

2015- Seasonal Affective Blues

2015- Second Gay Cruise

2015- War on Christmas poem

2015-"Badlands" and Gay Bar Etiquette

2015-September 8. Political History

2016 Do Not Speak for Gay Males

2016- April- Palm Springs RV Adventure

4/4/2016- Not Going Along to Get Along

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Forbidden Dreams of Love- Click for story.
Palouse- Click for story
1973- Psych Tech Program- Click for story.
4th Grade- Click for story.
Where I was born- Click for story.
1973 "You have to be hurt..." Click to read the story.
2005 Darlene Visit for Gay Pride- Click for story.
2015- 2nd Gay Cruise- Click to read story.
My Dad's Family- Click for story.
2014- Road trip to San Diego- Click for story.
Click to read "Introduction."
Photos of Dad & His Family- Click for story.
1964- Luv Please- Click for story.
Summer of Love- Click to read story.
1982-1993 Waller Street- Click to read story.
2005- Darlene Visits for Gay Pride- Click to read story.
Grandview- Click for story
My Mother- Click for more photos.
2001 Trip to Cancun- Click to read story.
1957-1958 1st Grade- Click to read story.
Gay Disco 70's- Click for story
Earthquake! Click to read story.
Darlene Marries Chuck- Click for story.
Women in Oils- Click for story
1967- Summer of Love- Click to read story.
1970's Promiscuity- Click for story.
Me in 3rd grade- Click for story.
Black Men in Oils- Click to read story
2001 Trip to Cancun- Click to read story.
Escondido 1960's- Click for story
2015- 2nd Gay Cruise- Click for story.
Me in my 20's in 1970's- Click for story.
Amber- Click to read story.
1974- First Trip to Europe- Click to read story.
Cockettes & Angels of Light- Click for story
The Psychedelic Experience- Click to read story.
Second Gay Cruise- Click for story.
Beatle haircut- Click for story.
1974- On Larkin Street- Click for story.
Me in first grade- Click for story.
5th Grade in Abilene Tx- Click for story
1958-1959- 3rd Grade- Click to read story.