August 04, 2006
A Red Line Connects Us
I met an interesting woman through Sylvia Paull last weekend, who not only runs the site and blog called A Red Line Connects Us (.org), but started a demonstration in the Los Angeles area on June 8, 2006.
She walked in silence, painting a red line down the middle of the sidewalks of Santa Monica. At the same hour every day, she painted the line while walking very slowly - at the rate of one step per drop of blood dripping from an IV - to graphically depict the toll of war and violent conflict on us all regardless of our politics. On June 13, she was asked to stop painting by the City of Santa Monica after she'd gone nearly a mile.
From her blog:
“I no longer wish to go about living life as usual without acknowledging the widespread violence in the world today and memorializing those killed and injured in the many wars and other conflicts taking place. I chose this very public expression of my concerns in order to provide others who feel the same need a means of expressing their concerns too. As you will see on this site, there are many ways to participate in this project – some very private, and some public – but all conducted in silence. My hope is that together, through our shared participation, we can create a shift in consciousness, where no humanity is devalued and human life is held sacred.”
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