New York Times: On 5th Ave., a Grandmothers’ Protest as Endless as the Wars

Laurie Leon hands out leaflets at New York's weekly 5th Avenue peace vigil

For 330 consecutive weeks, a hardy group of New Yorkers have maintained their vigil for peace in front of Rockefeller Center on 5th Avenue. “We’ve been here even in the worst possible weather, in pouring rain and exhausting heat,” said Joan Wile, who came up with the idea for a weekly vigil.

“The point is to interfere with the routine,” said Jenny Heinz, who regularly attends the vigil even though she is in the midst of treatment for breast cancer. “As people walk down the street, it has an impact on their consciousness. If it engages them, it’s fine. If it infuriates them, it’s fine.”

Vigiler Bert Aubrey invoked Dylan Thomas’s admonition to not go gentle into that good night. “ ‘Rage, rage,’ ” he said. “That’s the way I feel. I have to do

something.” Next to him stood James Marsh, 73 — a “granduncle for peace.” He said, “I don’t want to say at the end of my life that I didn’t stand up for peace and justice.” Full story