I told C.I. that I would go everywhere with her today. It's 11:30 EST right now as I type and I didn't. I stopped. Technically, it's no longer day.
I am worn out. I don't know how she does it.
And she's worn out. Around seven o'clock, as we pulled into a church parking lot to speak about the Iraq War and get the word out on tomorrow's protests (we have been all over the surrounding areas of DC -- and by surrounding, anywhere you can drive to DC within 90 minutes). She steps out of the car and immediately rushes off to the side to throw up. Repeatedly. She was completely dehydrated. She ate nothing all day. She only drank water after she finished throwing up. She had the worst headache all day. She hadn't done the snapshot and was putting it off until late because she had one speaking gig after another scheduled. We were driving from one to the other and it was exhausting.
She'll point out that they don't usually do this kind of schedule but it's important to get the word out on tomorrow's protests. (That's also why she stayed in DC all week -- and that's why we got three or four Congressional hearings reported on by her in the snapshots this week -- to go all over getting the word on the DC protest. And Ava tells me that today's schedule was pretty close to C.I.'s schedule all week except when she was at Congressional hearings. I couldn't have done it. I was exhausted just from one day.) She'll keep going until after midnight. At midnight, she speaks to a group of college students. I probably should have tried to have done that too but I was worn out.
And I did eat. All of us did. We stopped for lunch and ate. Except C.I. who was on the phone with various friends -- getting gossip from news outlet friends and also attempting to ensure that if the protest is significant tomorrow, it will get coverage.
She has busted her ass and then some. And Elaine pointed out, it must have been like this all week because she's so thin right now. She's never fat or even average. She's a thin woman. But you can tell this week she focused on little else than getting the word out on the DC protest because she looks like she's lost ten or fifteen pounds (that she didn't have to lose).
I'll be at tomorrow's protest. I hope you will be as well. It's really important that we speak out against these ongoing wars and demand that our tax dollars go to needed programs back home, not to the war machine.
It's really important that we have the ethics to do what we did under Bush. Barack needs to be protested big time.
Oh. Good community news. Isaiah was with us for most of the day. When C.I. was puking in the parking lot, he told me, "Okay, I've got to do some comics when we get back." He's so busy but he saw how hard C.I. had been pushing herself and, the good news, he's on comic three right now and plans to do one more. These four comics will all be for The Common Ills. ANd you will love them!!!! He has two colored in already. ____ Dumb Dump and a 'workout' reporter or 'reporter.' They are hilarious!!!!!
I don't know when they'll go up but they will go up.
And I hope you will stand up. Maybe you can't come to DC? I understand that. But there's got to be something in your area. So if there is, please, please make a point to attend and stand with all of us across America calling for an end to these wars. :D
Here's C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot:"