At Christmas in 1969 John Lennon and Yoko Ono rented billboards in 11 cities across the world with the simple message: War Is Over! (If You Want It) Happy Christmas from John & Yoko.
“I wrote ‘Jimmy’s Song’ when my friend and bass player, David Zettner, was drafted into the army during the Viet Nam War. I could have called it ‘David’s Song,’ but ‘Jimmy’s Road’ sounded more euphonious. Thank you, Chet Atkins, for that big word. He said that one time about some line I had written. At the time I didn’t know what it meant — words that go together — but I said, ’Alright Chet, thanks.’ I was relieved to find out later it was a good thing.”
– Willie Nelson
WASHINGTON, D.C. (May 23, 2011) — Congressman Dennis Kucinich (D-OH) is introducing this evening a Concurrent Resolution, directing the President, pursuant to section 5(c) of the War Powers Resolution, to remove United States Armed Forces from Libya.
Kucinich’s bill directs the President to remove the United States Armed Forces from Libya within 15 days of the adoption of this concurrent resolution.
See a copy of the legislation here.
For the third year – since that first show when the Promise of the real rocked me with a peaceful solution – I have marched in the anniversary of the Iraq war protest march in the streets of San Francisco.
The past few years the sign has been hand written so this year I thought it might work better if I borrow Micah’s art and make the letters darker so that you could see it in Washington — from the news dispatches from the middle east yesterday it is apparent my signs need to get a whole hell of a lot bigger — but I am not going to let it dampen my spirits.
A lot of regular first time marchers stood with me in the rain and hail-there was music, marching drums and a drum circle where we danced in front of the St. Francis Church for 20 minutes in a drum circle — boy we could have used Tato and Anthony.
If you agree you should put something in the blog about organizing all like fans to make their own peaceful solution and join me in the streets of their city to shout down the war!!! We could make it competitive to see which cities have the biggest turn out of fans!
Anyway thought you might enjoy. I have been following Lukas’ music since the fillmore inauguration show in jan 09. I am on lucky #17 tonight….
“I wrote ‘Jimmy’s Song’ when my friend and bass player, David Zettner, was drafted into the army during the Viet Nam War. I could have called it ‘David’s Song,’ but ‘Jimmy’s Road’ sounded more euphonious. Thank you, Chet Atkins, for that big word. He said that one time about some line I had written. At the time I didn’t know what it meant — words that go together — but I said, ‘Alright Chet, thanks.’ I was relieved to find out later it was a good thing.”
– Willie Nelson
by Jay Greathouse
The Willie Nelson Peace Research Institute connects individuals and special interest groups to show how apparently individual issues actually exist as problems for us all. The Willie Nelson Peace Research Institute promotes cross-issue support under the watchwords of Peace, Love, Unity and Respect.
It seems that individuals only get involved in becoming the change they wish to see in the world when an issue touches them personally. While the support of individual issues often meets personal needs, while taking up a great deal of personal time, energy and resources, it also proves effective in the championing of selective causes.
However, it often seems that selective causes only make great moves forward when other individuals become newly involved bringing more time, energy and resources to the cause. The surprising benefit of this occurs when the help is reciprocated and all progressive causes move forward together.
When we identify and recognize the common opponent of all progressive causes then it becomes easier not to fall into the trap of competing with other progressive causes instead of cooperating. The common opponent attacks Peace, Love, Unity and Respect in order to keep its power and everyone else powerless.
Just by cooperating with Peace, Love, Unity and Respect we deny power to the violent, hateful, divisive and self-righteous. This action alone is capable of organically building the structure and social conventions for the better world we all desire.
Every year when his birthday rolls around people around the world ask,”What does Willie Nelson want on his birthday?” The Willie Nelson Peace Research Institute seems to be in the perfect position to answer that question.
to read the entire article: http://www.WillieNelsonpri.com
Willie Nelson joins Faith Hill, Brenda Lee and other’s and contributes to new children’s album, “Love & Peace — Greatest Hits for Kids.” The album seeks to introduce young music listeners to classic, inspiring songs by a variety of artists. And of course, the rest of us can enjoy it, too.
Willie Nelson sings Woody Guthrie’s classic, ‘This Land is Your Land’ with John McCutcheon and friends on the album. Faith Hills sings with one of her daughters on , ‘Before you Grow.’ Also featured on the album are Brenda Lee, Linda Ronstadt with Andrew Gold, Taj Mahal, Sheila E, and more. The album is in stores now, and on-line.
“Love & Peace – Greatest Hits For Kids” Track List
1. “Baby Beluga” by Raffi
2. “On The Good Ship Lollipop” by Maria Muldaur
3. “Choo Choo Boogaloo” by Buckwheat Zydeco
4. “La Bamba” by Los Lobos
5. “Grandma’s Feather Bed” by Brenda Lee
6. “I Love My Shirt” by Donovan
7. “If I Had A Hammer” by Brian Johnson of AC/DC
8. “Teddy Bears’ Picnic” by The Persuasions
9. “I Really Love To Dance” by Laurie Berkner
10. “The Monster Mash” by Andrew Gold & Linda Ronstadt
11. “Banana Boat Song” by Taj Mahal
12. “Juba Dis And Juba Dat” by Sheila E
13. “This Land Is Your Land” by Willie Nelson, John McCutcheon & Friends
14. “Before You Grow” by Faith Hill
15. “Apple Blossom Fairies” by MFLP Players
16. “The Lion Sleeps Tonight” by Ladysmith Black Mambazo