A line of people dressed in black with uniform white masks walked slowly through the central bus plaza in downtown Providence this afternoon.
From the bus plaza we walked through city streets and over to the plaza in front of the Textron World Headquarters building. We paused there, standing in silence. One person came up to me looking curious. I handed him a flier and explained briefly what we were doing. A smile of recognition spread across is face. "That's the perfect place to stand" - and asked permission to take a photograph. The security guard came out, looking worried. I handed him a leaflet, reminded him we were on a public sidewalk and assured him we wouldn't be there long. (Note to self - we need to go back during work hours and stay longer!)
As we debriefed at the end, the marchers we pleased with the event. They found that being in the mask was very powerful, that it removed the personal dynamics that are part of most interactions and let the message just speak for itself. Others spoke of it becoming a mediation walk, which allowed them to just be present to the horrors of war without the usual intellectual or political "noise". And all commented on how well it drew attention and seemed to touch people.
Thank you to all who participated. I am grateful.