Technically, I started the year in corporate worship and fellowship at my church. For those not familiar with the Black Church experience, we observe what we call Watch Night Service on New Year’s Eve every year. It’s a night for us to reflect on the past year’s journey and look forward to the coming year all the while giving thanks to The Almighty for protection, provision, and guidance. Culturally, it holds significance for us as well because of its link to New Year’s Eve of 1862, when enslaved Africans were waiting for the enactment of the Emancipation Proclamation which was to happen on the first day of 1863.
Fast forward 147 years.
So when the clock struck 12 midnight and 2010 was ushered in, I was with my church family in worship. I got home and got a little rest, but was up and moving by about 10AM in order to make my way to a 12 Noon vigil organized in solidarity with the Palestinian people and their allies. Sponsored by the local chapter of the international peace group, Women in Black, people from various parts of Maryland and DC came together on a COLD first day of the year to show our support for the Gaza Freedom March and the Palestinian struggle against apartheid -which is being imposed on them by the Israeli Government.
In the video below, I interviewed David Hosey, a good brother, Christian missionary, and National Media Coordinator for the U.S. Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation. He speaks briefly about why he is involved in this effort.