“Brno Blokuje” (which means “Brno resists”) brought out close to 2,000 people of goodwill to oppose the ideology of exclusion that had summoned about 300 neo-Nazis to march through the Roma ghetto in Brno on May 1. Marches in prior years have resulted in violent confrontations. Our Polish and Czech friends were concerned that we would end up hurt, or in jail, or worse. In fact, the day was well-organized and uplifting and a number of different events went on simultaneously and in an orderly fashion. We arrived in the Roma quarter of Brno at about 10:30 a.m. We parked our car in front of the Roma Center and Museum on Bratislavska Street. For a time, we were just hanging out with a few hundred Roma men on the street in the drizzle that soon became rain. When we first arrived I (Liz) was the only woman in the street. Just about every window of the 4-story apartment blocks facing the street framed a family looking out to see if there would be any action. The outdoor Roma pre-march rally went ahead in the rain. The music included a huge beautiful hammered dulcimer in a carved wooden baroque-ish stand ― it looked like a small grand piano. Roma musicians played and sang and there were rousing speeches against xenophobia and racism from politicians and activists. Gradually the group became more diverse as individuals and groups arrived from other communities. Occasional street theatre, performance art, clowning and costumes gave the day a carnival atmosphere and positive feel and helped to promote inclusion and combat messages of exclusion and hatred. And the people prayed. At Malinowski Square in front of the City Hall, an ecumenical prayer service began about 12:30 and continued until all actions had concluded. A woman priest from the breakaway Czech Catholic Church, wearing a robe with a red chalice on the front, led Taize singing and offered prayers. Pastors and priests from many denominations stood for hours while the helicopters “thupped” overhead, often drowning out the prayers and statements against racism, xenophobia and persecution.