Advocate Rob Pliskin sent this update on his “One man Silent Vigil for our horses” for me to share.
Silent Vigil Update – Stand On Up, Sir!
Monday August 9, 2010 – Cleveland, Federal Building Plaza. Hot and humid. People going in and out still stopping for info and flyers! The keynote for today was laid on me by a government employee who I had met and given literature to before. On his way across the plaza for lunch with a group, he gave me a smile and a nod, a genuine fist pump and a “Stand On Up, Sir!” loud enough for everyone to hear.
First one to take a flyer was the Federal Protection Officer who was my first contact months ago. He stayed for half an hour and took literature.
Then there was the disabled U.S. Navy sailor, with wrapped legs, who came and talked for half an hour, and showed me the check he had already cut for 500 dollars to WWF. A kindred spirit. He first hesitated but later wanted literature.
Next, another serviceman with relatives in NV who wanted to know what was going on, because he knew about the horses from his relatives. They all needed their eyes opened, and truly cared.
More people came, a couple doing business in the building, another employee, all interested. One employee said she would contact one of the local TV stations. Another employee who had rescued a horse, and another who just wanted to know.
Not one disagreeable person among them all.
Many want to know what I’m doing out there, holding a lead rope and open halter, my literature under a saddle blanket. Many come up with a little quip, which I smile at. Something like, “Lost your horse?” They are really just interested, not mean. It’s perfect, because it allows me to deliver the needed straight line about the roundups.
And how it bothers me to be so real, and so timely, to have to deliver it, that it is necessary to say, yes, and they are getting ready to start another one this Wednesday….
The People want to know folks. Find some way of telling them. Be sure there will be someone telling you , Stand On Up! And many more glad you did.