The bitter winter cold abated somewhat on Saturday, January 16 for our first monthly protest of the year at Planned Parenthood in Aurora, Illinois, with temperatures in the mid-twenties. A strong group of fifty faithful activists bundled up and joined me on the picket line to oppose to the huge abortuary on Aurora's west side.
The picket line was just as long as at last year's January protest at the site, a good sign that community resistance to the controversial Planned Parenthood facility remains strong. And as usual, the protest group included some new faces—folks who decided the time had come to take an active role fighting abortion.
Today, being Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, I read his long letter titled "Letter from Birmingham Jail". In it, I noticed that the man we honor today was called an "extremist" in his day by his contemporaries.
Isn't that funny? How may people have called those who peacefully pray and counsel outside the Aurora Planned Parenthood "extremists"?
Perhaps we are in good company. Perhaps it will take a few years for people to see the value of our peaceful, non-violent actions?
Here are a few excerpts from the letter: [Continue reading . . . »]
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