Archive for the ‘Peace’ Category

>Hair

June 8, 2009

>Billy Elliot won 10 Tony Awards last night including Best Musical but Hair won Best Revival of a Musical. We have tickets to see it when we go to New York.

Did anyone see the original Broadway production in 1968 (it ran for 4 years)? Remember this poster (and album cover)? Hair did not win a Tony back then, although it was nominated. (Hair premiered on Broadway in 1968, but too late to be nominated that year, so it was nominated in 1969, meaning this year’s award comes 40 years late).

During my early attempts at art I copied the poster in watercolor. I don’t still have it. Wish I did.

I also recall seeing the touring production at Boutwell Auditorium. Does anyone else remember it coming here. I know there was some controversy, but I don’t remember the details. After all, I was just a teenage hippie wanna-be wanting to see some anti-establishment, anti-war, free love kind of theater that featured nudity and an integrated cast. And I remember I wasn’t disappointed.

But I’m sure it had to do with the obscenity, the nudity or the desecration of the flag. There was a statement to be made back then.

And there’s a statement to be made today, too. I guess that’s why the current production is so successful.

Producer Oskar Eustis made a statement as he accepted the award last night.

“Peace now, freedom now, and [indicating his ring finger] equality NOW. Justice forever!” (Thanks to JoeMyGod for the pic and quote).

Here’s the cast of the Broadway revival on David Letterman. I don’t think I will be disappointed this time either.

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>More Cold Cases and Money to Solve Them

June 22, 2007

>The House of Representatives voted this week to approve allocating $10 million a year for 10 years (total 100 million dollars) to probe unsolved civil rights cases from the 50’s and 60’s. Only Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul of Texas and Republican Lynn Westmoreland of Georgia voted against bill. The Senate is expected to follow suit, and the president has indicated he will sign the bill.

Matt Murphy who hosts a radio talk show on Birmingham’s 101.1 The Source FM yesterday said that was a waste of money. Then he danced around the issues of racism and justice and said the money could be better spent on security, that we are at war.

We spend well over 100 million every day in Iraq (check the Cost of the War link to the left). One day of freedom from the war of choice would fund this whole project. So I don’t think $10 million a year is going to affect homeland security one bit. Especially since they seem more concerned with harassing mothers for attempting to carry their toddler’s sippy cup on board. Now that is a grand use of the taxpayer’s money, right?

Just a few days of freedom from the war of choice would provide enough money to develop a program to inspect shipping containers coming into our ports. And that would give me more of a secure feeling than watching our troops referee a civil war at such great cost in lives and quality of lives. Or maybe even provide a way of enforcing border security!!!

My post from yesterday (Murder? 1956) should let you know that I believe in justice, regardless of the period of time that has passed. Someone who has lived with the demons of their murderous sins for 50 years may have suffered, but they have not paid the price that our system of justice demands.

Yesterday the Birmingham Peace Project presented their Music for Peace and Justice Series at Church of the Reconciler in downtown Birmingham. Church of the Reconciler is a non-traditional United Methodist Church that practices “radical hospitality” in welcoming everyone, including the homeless, all races, all cultures, all sexual orientations, all social status. The theme last night was Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender rights…Human Rights for All. The group sponsors concerts always with a theme of peace (and justice). I should have posted this before the concert. Oops.

More Cold Cases and Money to Solve Them

June 22, 2007

The House of Representatives voted this week to approve allocating $10 million a year for 10 years (total 100 million dollars) to probe unsolved civil rights cases from the 50’s and 60’s. Only Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul of Texas and Republican Lynn Westmoreland of Georgia voted against bill. The Senate is expected to follow suit, and the president has indicated he will sign the bill.

Matt Murphy who hosts a radio talk show on Birmingham’s 101.1 The Source FM yesterday said that was a waste of money. Then he danced around the issues of racism and justice and said the money could be better spent on security, that we are at war.

We spend well over 100 million every day in Iraq (check the Cost of the War link to the left). One day of freedom from the war of choice would fund this whole project. So I don’t think $10 million a year is going to affect homeland security one bit. Especially since they seem more concerned with harassing mothers for attempting to carry their toddler’s sippy cup on board. Now that is a grand use of the taxpayer’s money, right?

Just a few days of freedom from the war of choice would provide enough money to develop a program to inspect shipping containers coming into our ports. And that would give me more of a secure feeling than watching our troops referee a civil war at such great cost in lives and quality of lives. Or maybe even provide a way of enforcing border security!!!

My post from yesterday (Murder? 1956) should let you know that I believe in justice, regardless of the period of time that has passed. Someone who has lived with the demons of their murderous sins for 50 years may have suffered, but they have not paid the price that our system of justice demands.

Yesterday the Birmingham Peace Project presented their Music for Peace and Justice Series at Church of the Reconciler in downtown Birmingham. Church of the Reconciler is a non-traditional United Methodist Church that practices “radical hospitality” in welcoming everyone, including the homeless, all races, all cultures, all sexual orientations, all social status. The theme last night was Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender rights…Human Rights for All. The group sponsors concerts always with a theme of peace (and justice). I should have posted this before the concert. Oops.

>Violence in America

April 17, 2007

>The killings at Virginia Tech yesterday bring up the subject of violence in our country once again. Here’s my take: more guns, more violence.

A guest on the Glenn Beck show on Headline News last night (the only news I could pick up in my car other than Fox) said part of the problem was that the American public is not armed. Not one of those people in that class room was armed, and had they been, they could have stopped the killer was the message.

Yeah right, let’s arm all the college kids along with the rest of the general public. That would solve the problem. In my class last night my study group was scheduled to give a presentation part of which involved violence and injury on college campuses, and the question was raised “Do you feel safe on campus here.” Not many hands went up. Do you think more people would have responded positively if they knew their classmates were packing heat?

The guest on Glenn Beck must feel good about New Orleans. This from the Associated Press recently:

People across New Orleans are arming themselves — not only against the possibility of another storm bringing anarchy, but against the violence that has engulfed the metropolitan area in the 19 months since Katrina, making New Orleans the nation’s murder capital.
The number of permits issued to carry concealed weapons is running twice as high as it was before Katrina — this, in a city with only about half its pre-storm population of around 450,000. Attendance at firearms classes and hours logged at shooting ranges also are up, according to the gun industry.


Our nation is becoming more violent, in part because that is what we see from our President. As much as the public has come to distrust him, still we see that our government thinks the only solution to a major problem is violence. And if violence isn’t working, amp up the violence. We may not like what we hear, but it fills our heads and if we aren’t careful, we begin to believe what our government is teaching us: violence is the answer. Four years ago, rather than put all their effort in to seeking a diplomatic solution to the crisis (well it wasn’t even a crisis before we got involved) in Iraq, our leaders ramped up the war machine. Bush is now looking for a “War Czar” without realizing (or admitting) that he already holds that position.


But why not a “Peace Czar?” Rather than promoting war, why not promote peace? Let’s get out of Iraq, and then let’s start talking about peace. Let’s frame the issues with Peace as the main heading, not conflict and see how the attitudes and actions of the American public change. It’s worth a try.

Violence in America

April 17, 2007

The killings at Virginia Tech yesterday bring up the subject of violence in our country once again. Here’s my take: more guns, more violence.

A guest on the Glenn Beck show on Headline News last night (the only news I could pick up in my car other than Fox) said part of the problem was that the American public is not armed. Not one of those people in that class room was armed, and had they been, they could have stopped the killer was the message.

Yeah right, let’s arm all the college kids along with the rest of the general public. That would solve the problem. In my class last night my study group was scheduled to give a presentation part of which involved violence and injury on college campuses, and the question was raised “Do you feel safe on campus here.” Not many hands went up. Do you think more people would have responded positively if they knew their classmates were packing heat?

The guest on Glenn Beck must feel good about New Orleans. This from the Associated Press recently:

People across New Orleans are arming themselves — not only against the possibility of another storm bringing anarchy, but against the violence that has engulfed the metropolitan area in the 19 months since Katrina, making New Orleans the nation’s murder capital.
The number of permits issued to carry concealed weapons is running twice as high as it was before Katrina — this, in a city with only about half its pre-storm population of around 450,000. Attendance at firearms classes and hours logged at shooting ranges also are up, according to the gun industry.


Our nation is becoming more violent, in part because that is what we see from our President. As much as the public has come to distrust him, still we see that our government thinks the only solution to a major problem is violence. And if violence isn’t working, amp up the violence. We may not like what we hear, but it fills our heads and if we aren’t careful, we begin to believe what our government is teaching us: violence is the answer. Four years ago, rather than put all their effort in to seeking a diplomatic solution to the crisis (well it wasn’t even a crisis before we got involved) in Iraq, our leaders ramped up the war machine. Bush is now looking for a “War Czar” without realizing (or admitting) that he already holds that position.


But why not a “Peace Czar?” Rather than promoting war, why not promote peace? Let’s get out of Iraq, and then let’s start talking about peace. Let’s frame the issues with Peace as the main heading, not conflict and see how the attitudes and actions of the American public change. It’s worth a try.

Bessemer: A Fistful of Dollars

March 15, 2007

Continuing in the Clint Eastwood movie theme, money is what Bessemer will need: The Mayor of Bessemer is seeking approval of a bond issue ($5 to 8 million) to get our streets paved.


Mayor Ed May tried this last year, but the council voted it down deeming it a pre-election ploy. Our streets are in desperate need of paving. But is a bond issue the way to do it? I haven’t formed an opinion yet, because I don’t know what the terms of the bond issue will be. We certainly don’t want to be repaying bonds 12 years from now after the proposed repaving is obsolete in 10. Repaving only lasts a few years, and I am not sure all repaving efforts are of the same quality. So there are a lot of variables here. I will try to keep you posted.

This week’s tip of the hat goes to council person Jesse Matthews. Jesse was instrumental in getting the newly (almost) completed McNeil Park opened. Adults and children can use this park.


There is a playground area.

And a water play area.

And picnic tables provided by the Jefferson County Commission,
thanks to Commissioner Sheila Smoot.

Walking around the track I noticed this fruit tree blooming in an adjacent yard.

The park is located at 20th Ave and 13th St. Go by and take a look. And a walk. Thanks, Jesse.

Congratulations to Jess Lanier student Paula Montford for achieving the 2007 Girl Scout Gold Award. Paula is among twelve area girl scouts being recognized. She saw a need among health fairs to address health and safety issues among teenagers, and created a symposium that addressed spiritual health, nutrition and fitness, stress and depression and alcohol and drugs, smoking, safety and tattoos and piercings. The event was held at Sixth Avenue Baptist Church and was staffed by experts on the issues.

Coming soon to the Alys Stevens Center: hometown (Birmingham) Star Emmylou Harris. Will she bring MarkKnopfler with her? Click here to listen to “This is Us” by Emmylou and Mark. She is one of my long time favorites and I will certainly be there. The event is scheduled September 30.

http://www.hyfntrak.com/knopflerharris/nobuy/go.php

Actually you can listen to the whole cd “All the Roadrunning.”

Also, there will be Candlelight Vigil at the fountain in Five Points South in Birmingham on March 19, 2007 to mark the anniversary of the Iraq War. The sacrifice of the more than 3000 soldiers who have given their life will be solemnly honored, and the path of the future contemplated. 5:30 pm. Sponsored by Birmingham Peace Project, Pax Christi, Birmingham One Corp and MoveOn.org. This is a nationwide event, come and take part.

>Bessemer: A Fistful of Dollars

March 15, 2007

> Continuing in the Clint Eastwood movie theme, money is what Bessemer will need: The Mayor of Bessemer is seeking approval of a bond issue ($5 to 8 million) to get our streets paved.


Mayor Ed May tried this last year, but the council voted it down deeming it a pre-election ploy. Our streets are in desperate need of paving. But is a bond issue the way to do it? I haven’t formed an opinion yet, because I don’t know what the terms of the bond issue will be. We certainly don’t want to be repaying bonds 12 years from now after the proposed repaving is obsolete in 10. Repaving only lasts a few years, and I am not sure all repaving efforts are of the same quality. So there are a lot of variables here. I will try to keep you posted.

This week’s tip of the hat goes to council person Jesse Matthews. Jesse was instrumental in getting the newly (almost) completed McNeil Park opened. Adults and children can use this park.


There is a playground area.

And a water play area.

And picnic tables provided by the Jefferson County Commission,
thanks to Commissioner Sheila Smoot.

Walking around the track I noticed this fruit tree blooming in an adjacent yard.

The park is located at 20th Ave and 13th St. Go by and take a look. And a walk. Thanks, Jesse.

Congratulations to Jess Lanier student Paula Montford for achieving the 2007 Girl Scout Gold Award. Paula is among twelve area girl scouts being recognized. She saw a need among health fairs to address health and safety issues among teenagers, and created a symposium that addressed spiritual health, nutrition and fitness, stress and depression and alcohol and drugs, smoking, safety and tattoos and piercings. The event was held at Sixth Avenue Baptist Church and was staffed by experts on the issues.

Coming soon to the Alys Stevens Center: hometown (Birmingham) Star Emmylou Harris. Will she bring MarkKnopfler with her? Click here to listen to “This is Us” by Emmylou and Mark. She is one of my long time favorites and I will certainly be there. The event is scheduled September 30.

http://www.hyfntrak.com/knopflerharris/nobuy/go.php

Actually you can listen to the whole cd “All the Roadrunning.”

Also, there will be Candlelight Vigil at the fountain in Five Points South in Birmingham on March 19, 2007 to mark the anniversary of the Iraq War. The sacrifice of the more than 3000 soldiers who have given their life will be solemnly honored, and the path of the future contemplated. 5:30 pm. Sponsored by Birmingham Peace Project, Pax Christi, Birmingham One Corp and MoveOn.org. This is a nationwide event, come and take part.