Peace & Nonviolence Update
August 23, 2011
A field of gold T-shirts with the message “Tax Wall St. -End the Wars-Public Investment in Jobs” greeted Rep. Chabot as he walked into the North Avondale Recreation Center 15 minutes late for his town hall meeting. Of the approximately 90 people there, about 90 percent were wearing gold t-shirts or toting signs expressing support for strengthening social security, ending the wars, preventing foreclosures, and preserving medicare.
Rep. Chabot avoided eye contact with the crowd as he filibustered for 30 minutes before spending 25 minutes responding to a handful of pre-selected written questions from the audience. Many of the questions seemed to throw him off. No interaction between Rep. Chabot and his constituents was permitted during the townhall. There was no opportunity to speak and no opportunity to challenge his assertions. Taking pictures and filming the meeting were also prohibited. Some people wore tape over their mouths to protest this violation of freedom of speech.
Despite the restrictive, controlled environment, our message was unmistakable. The field of gold t-shirts dominated the scene, defining a path toward shared prosperity and fiscal responsibility.
The Intercommunity Justice and Peace Center organized the “Tax Wall Street – End the Wars- Public Investment in Jobs” T-shirt effort. In subsequent public meetings, Rep. Chabot had to take questions from the audience.