“One of the mechanisms that works best when you are faced with a life-threatening situation is a song”.
“I give you the bullets from my weapon because I know they will never be used. What you did with song and what Dr. King did with words showed me the gun is not the way and I will resign from such a role and find something to do with my life that will make a difference”.
Letter given to Belafonte (along with 6 bullets) by the trooper who arrested him after hearing civil rights marchers singing in jail.
--quoted in David Crosby and David Bender, Stand Up and Be Counted
Ask the river how to see this world
With a mind of water,
Holding the sky in your eyes,
Embracing the stone you stumble over,
Laughing in the face of the rain
As you gather it in–
So that everyone you pass
May quench their thirst
"If the people forget how to praise God, the trees, moving in the wind, alive and growing, do it. The ocean, rolling in and rolling in, over and over again, does it.”
Nina Baumgartner, Chehalis elder
We are the earth, through the plants and animals that nourish us.
We are the rains and the oceans that flow through our veins.
We are the breath of the forests of the land, and the plants of the sea.
We are human animals, related to all other life as descendants of the firstborn cell.
We share with these kin a common history, written in our genes.
We share a common present, filled with uncertainty.
And we share a common future, as yet untold.
--David Suzuki Foundation, for the 1992 UN Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro.