January 10, 2012
Chantal and Chris from Chicago lead the morning reflection on the beginning of day 8. Tired, hungry and un-bathed, our expressionless faces soon turned to smiles as Chantal sang a song she wrote “12 Days of Fasting”. The lyrics will be available on the WAT site soon. We shared laughter and then we shared glances. Chantal had an exercise where we looked around the circle at people and thought of how that person has touched us. We caught glances and smiled back at each other silently.
After morning planning we processed at the White House. An obnoxious man in his 40’s mocked us, “Detainees, kneel. Detainees, do my laundry…” On another day at the court house a woman walked by us and said to each member, “Loser.” Another guy stated, “What the fuck? Look at all these fucking losers.” I wonder if we weren’t hooded if these people would have the gall to utter such insults.
After the White House vigil, I took another shift which introduced us to 72 hours. A group of about five guys in their 20s walked by in suits. Chris asked them if they are part of a religious affiliation. They laughed and said, “Do we look like we are?” I said, “Sensors,” referring to the Myers/Briggs system of personality typing.
Sensing: Paying attention to physical reality, what I see, hear, touch, smell, and taste. I’m concerned with what is actual, present, current and real. I notice facts and remember details that are important to me. I like to see the practical use of things and learn best when I see how to use what I’m learning. Experience speaks louder to me than words.
I was making a connection between people who don’t seem to care about human rights being mostly sensors. (73% of the population have a preference towards sensing vs. intuition) Chris and I are also both perceivers and I pointed at our sloppy appearance. Chris said, “Do you think if we were dressed in suits and were more put-together more people would speak with us?” I said, “Maybe, but I’m not willing to do that. It’s like how work places have dress codes. Because I look successful, does not mean that I will feel more powerful inside. The clothes I buy will not make me richer either. I don’t care enough about my appearances for this to make a difference to me.”
Next on the agenda, I headed over to watch Andy Worthington’s documentary, “Outside the Law: Stories from Guantanamo” and to listen to a Q&A of he three Center for Constitutional Rights attorneys. They stated that the detainees express to them great gratitude for protests that people do than the legal work they provide them. I was very happy when I heard this morning that an attorney had communicated with the prisoners in cell blocks 5 and 6 of the 350+protests being globally planned and of the fast with Witness Against Torture. In solidarity, the prisoners planned a sit-in and hunger strike for the 10th, 11th, and 12.