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Reasons to Start a Revolution

1. Because it’s up to you and me and that guy over there, too.

2. Because any start matters.

3. Because there is so much to learn from each other.

4. Because we could all use a healthier environment.

5. Because water shouldn’t come from a plastic bag.

6. Because sweeping our mistakes under someone else’s rug is not a solution.

7. Because there is more than one way to live.

8. Because children shouldn’t be casualties of our drug wars.

9. Because the whole world is watching.

10. Because it has already begun.

We Want Peace in Palomino!

The only sign of life left behind was a dog napping in the corner. Not a piece of paper littering the floor, not one tee-shirt or toy astray in the house. No plates, no cups, no evidence of Monica and her two daughters. Bare concrete walls stand alone, perhaps even without fingerprints, ghostlike, a reminder to all. After the murder of a family, two more men were killed by guerrilla groups. With such brutal history of war in the region and the latest victims, Palomino ought to be declared a “red zone,” urged Monica. A community leader in education, recycling campaigns and most of all, peace, Monica responded to the tragic killings by organizing peace marches.

“The Freyles family – we are the victims of this violence.”

“No more children dead.”

The first peace march stopped traffic as supporters gathered to literally paint the town. Newspapers around the country caught on. The governor and town representatives promised to show but in the end, couldn’t make it. Monica wanted to give them another chance. But the morning of the second march, she was nowhere to be found. The night before, on the phone, she was told to leave town. Leaving nothing behind, she fled with her two daughters.

“Here we are, what we want is peace. Enough with so much violence, the residents of Palomino don’t want any more deaths.”

“We  want peace.”

Monica next to the only recycling facility in town, which she organized. Monica’s mother asked to pass along the word that she was safe, and with family.