|New South Network of War Resisters' eclectic table of literature and info.|
Dateline Johnson City, Tenn.
September 14, 2013
"A rose by any other name would smell
Shakespeare's Juliet argues that the names of things do not matter, only what things "are."
The folks in Johnson City are demonstrating the truth of that adage. They are keeping the best of the Occupy movement alive, building friendships throughout the mountain region, strengthening activism and "promoting healthy communities through mutual aid."
Everyone Acting Together in Solidarity (EATS). put out the call to all comers for a "Free To You BBQ" on Saturday afternoon. And eat we did! As a line up of talented mountain musicians kept the music flowing, a team of volunteers cooked up a feast seasoned with wide smiles and hearty hellos.
|EATS organizer Lou P. on task at the BBQ|
|Smiling servers at the "Free to You BBQ"|
Johnson City is just over the mountains from Asheville, NC. We crossed over the Appalachian Trail and past beautiful farmland and breathtaking mountain scenery.
|"Mr. Paintman" mixing up colors|
|Kevin, the Irish Balladeer|
There were nice people everywhere in the park, sharing information, mountain music and art.
Coleman, who the kids came to call "Mr. Paint man" brought cardboard and paint and set up a poster making table. The kids loved it!
|Something for Everyone at the EATS picnic|
Clare was happy to see her old friend and fellow Irish traveller Retha Ferrell, who entertained us with mountain music under a shade tree, followed by Irish balladeer Kevin. Inside, as folks shared the meal, two more lovely mountain musicians added their lilting voices to the day.
Thanks to Everyone Acting Together in Solidarity( EATS!) and all who had a hand in making the gathering so fun.
Story and photos by Clare Hanrahan
On the Ground in the Southeast