In March of 2003, US troops invaded Iraq. Disheartened, the numbers of protesters began to dwindle and within another year there were barely a half-dozen of them left. Eventually the numbers dropped to one: Steve. Since that time (except for a year-long hiatus that began with the 2020 shelter-in-place order in Los Angeles as a response to the COVID-19 pandemic) Steve has returned to that corner in front of the Vista Theater in Los Angeles every Friday night, barring injury, illness, inclement weather or vacation. He carries a sign and implores oncoming traffic to “Celebrate Peace” and “Spread Love” (initially Steve had wanted to say “Spread Compassion” but the word was too long to fit legibly on the sign).
Watch “Honk for Steve,” an inspiring film festival documentary, and peruse the myriad images taken over the years of Steve Sharp’s one-man Promotion of Peace vigil below.