Traditionally, many Pax Christi USA local groups plan and stage a “Way of the Cross” event on Good Friday, connecting the sufferings of Christ during his passion with the suffering of our brothers and sisters at the hands of violence, greed, poverty, sickness and war.
This procession started at 9 a.m at St Joseph's Church on Tulane Avenue near Claiborne. People marched, carrying banners, and stopped at symbolic locations. At each "station", different groups climbed aboard the flat bed truck to perform and raise awareness about a social justice issue related to the location. Creative demonstrations included:
Station 1: The Domination System, at start location
Station 2: Health Care, which stopped at the destroyed Charity Hospital
Station 3: Education which stopped at the main branch of the Public Library
Station 4: Crime and Punishment, which stopped near Duncan Plaza
Station 5: Housing and Welfare, which stopped at City Hall
Station 6: War, which stopped at Federal Court
small affair playing Plutocrat selling drones in Station 6 performance
Station 7: Environmental Pollution, which stopped at One Shell Square
Station 8: Hunger, with a stop at the Hale Boggs Federal Building
Station 9: Homelessness, with a stop in hotel district
Station 10: Consumerism, stopped at Harrah's Casino
Station 11: In adequate work, stopped near casino and hotel industry with performance by Stand with Dignity
Station 12: Racism, behind Aquarium near white pride statue
Station 13: Sexism, at amphitheater at river.
Station 14: Hope and Transformation, also at Mississippi River
(Uncle Sam waving a drone or two around)
If those coffins make you queasy, GET A DRONE!!
And your infantry is wheezy, GET A DRONE!!
If everybody is uneasy
From Hawaii to Tbilisi,
Never, never, appear sleazy. GET A DRONE!!
(Plutocrat selling some drones )
If they’re occupying Wall Street, GET A DRONE!!
And you’re starting to get cold feet, GET A DRONE!!
You will always look upbeat
While opponents moan and bleat,
If you give yourself a treat, so GET A DRONE!!
(Ten star general waving his drones around and hitting folks with them)
When you haven’t got a friend, just GET A DRONE!!
And your wars are a dead-end, just GET A DRONE!!
You can always still pretend
That it’s freedom you defend,
While you spend, and spend, and spend, so GET A DRONE!!
(Uncle Sam swooping with his drones)
If you’re fearing immigration, GET A DRONE!!
And you trust no other nation, GET A DRONE!!
Put an end to your frustration,
For it beats negotiation, GET A DRONE!!
(The Voice of Reason – encouraging the audience to join in)
If you want to stop this madness, GET INVOLVED!!
Put an end to all this sadness, GET INVOLVED!!
Take a stand, right now, right here,
Let your voice ring loud and clear,
Work for Peace and Truth so dear, please, GET INVOLVED!!
This was a great way to observe Good Friday.