Throughout their life together, pacifist Barbara Brass and retired Col. Pat Thompson had to make impossible choices: Pat, in order to maintain her military career, and Barbara, in order to be with Pat and not jeopardize that career. Despite the stress of long-distance separations and phone-tapped calls while Pat served as the First Army National Guard Chief Nurse at the Pentagon and on tours in Panama, they remained deeply committed to each other and were married twice.
Their story not only documents history in a very human way - it shows the agony and courage of fulfilling one's duty and the triumph of love over the obstacles the very government Pat was serving had put in their way. A documentary called SURVIVING THE SILENCE: LOVE AND IMPOSSIBLE CHOICES, as well as, the book they are writing, will soon immortalize their story.
Since January 2017, they have been organizing peaceful protests in front of Republican Congressman Tom McClintock’s District office in Roseville. This action is called Resistance Action Tuesdays and Thursdays, also known as the RATT Pack. They lend their voices against institutional racism, discrimination against the disabled, people of color, immigrants, ageism, political corruption and more.