Monday, November 26, 2007


I wonder if my mother is thinking this quote? *giggles

“No matter how old a mother is she watches her middle-aged children for signs of improvement.”
Florida Scott Maxwell

This music post is dedicated to my mother, Rachel.

Rachel is an activist.
For as long as I can remember she has worked with devotion and passion to bring about social and political change.
My mother is still hopping on the buses and heading to Washington for the rallies and peace marches wearing her buttons and carrying her signs.
She is a leader in her community for the democratic cause and works at the polls for minor as well as major voting issues.
She still campaigns door to door.

I remember when we could not eat grapes or lettuce because of the boycotts.
The civil rights movement was a cause she worked very hard for.
Currently she is involved with
Beyond War
The Southern Poverty Law Center.

From Wikipedia

This conception of peace as a mere absence of overt violence is still challenged by some as incomplete.

Mahatma Gandhi suggested that if an oppressive society lacks violence, the society is nonetheless not peaceful, because of the injustice of the oppression. Gandhi articulated a vision of peace in which justice is an inherent and necessary aspect; that peace requires not only the absence of violence but also the presence of justice.

During the 1950s and 60s, when Martin Luther King Jr. and the civil rights movement carried out various non-violent activities aimed at ending segregation and racial persecution in America, they understood peace as more than just the absence of violence. They observed that while there was not open combat between blacks and whites, there was an unjust system in place in which the government deprived African Americans of equal rights. While some opponents criticized the activists for "disturbing the peace", Martin Luther King observed that "True peace is not merely the absence of tension: it is the presence of justice."

“ Peace is what happens when all peoples are free to develop themselves in the way they want, without having to fight for their rights. ”~Bruno Picozzi

John Denver “The Strangest Dream”

Bob Dylan & Joan Baez "Blowing in the Wind"

This Land Is Your Land

Bobby Darin "Simple Song of Freedom"

Joan Baez "Where have All The Flowers Gone"

"Whether I'm Wrong" Allison Crowe

I was having internet trouble so this post is up very late.
4 more days and I will have made NaBloPoMo!

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Blogger Cliff said...

Your Mom and I could see eye to eye on ,.. well , maybe the weather.
You've finally hit upon some musicians I don't care for at all. Lets get back to the bluegrass.

November 27, 2007 7:15 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow! Your mom and mine would have been best friends, I'm sure. My mom was very active in a lot of the same issues, especially during the 60's. She continued being a HUGE Pro-Choice leader until the day she died, as the volunteer coordinator for a clinic in California. She was an amazing woman and I miss her every day.

This music brings back many, many memories of times in my youth, boycotting lettuce and Gallo wine, sitting on mountain sides in Big Sur and Carmel listening to Joan Baez (she and my mom lived in the same community and they were both involved in many of the same groups).

Thanks for the memories, Raggedy. And thanks to your mom.


November 28, 2007 9:23 AM  

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