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Earth Day
by Patricia Jackson
Sunday Apr 22nd, 2012 4:03 PM
This Land Is Your Land:Singing from coast to coast

If you rambled down to Civic Center Sunday, you might have thought the crowd and the booths could just be another average day event. Then you saw a Whiskey Dome Cycle, a seal made out of all that garbage that gets thrown in the ocean, and the Luvevolution Bus!. There was Green Peace and Earth Island Institute - and that was your clue. Earth Day San Francisco, 2012.

Forty-two years ago, on the first earth day 20 million people participated in activities across the country. So many people came to Washington D.C. that both houses of Congress shut down in awe of the response. That people’s movement brought passage of the Clean Water Act, the Clean Air Act, and the Environmental Protection Agency.

At exactly noon today we stood in the warm sun of San Francisco and connected to rainy-day New York City for a sync up singing of Woody Guthrie’s This Land Is Your Land. On stage to lead us in song – Country Joe MacDonald, Occupella, Freedom Song Network, Rockin’ Solidarity Chorus, La Pena Chorus, Jello Biafra, Liliana Herrera, ReSisters, Hali Hammer, and Christiana Johnson as our sign language interpreter, Will Scarlett with a harmonica solo, and you could feel the joy.

The last verses by Hali Hammer brought cheers:

We join together across this nation, Stand side by side for our Occupations
To tax the rich and corporations so we can sustain democracy
To keep the air clean & the rivers flowing & the redwoods standing, & the planet going
So all the children ca grow up knowing That this land’s still made for you and me!

Then Taiko drummers gave a sound salute to the earth.


§For the Children
by Patricia Jackson Sunday Apr 22nd, 2012 4:03 PM
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§Jello Biafra for occupy
by Patricia Jackson Sunday Apr 22nd, 2012 4:03 PM

§Liliana Herrera
by Patricia Jackson Sunday Apr 22nd, 2012 4:03 PM
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Siempre luchando por justicia y paz
§Occuppela
by Patricia Jackson Sunday Apr 22nd, 2012 4:03 PM

§Rockin' Solidarity Labor Chorus
by Patricia Jackson Sunday Apr 22nd, 2012 4:03 PM

§Singing with NYC
by Patricia Jackson Sunday Apr 22nd, 2012 4:03 PM

§Taiko Drummers
by Patricia Jackson Sunday Apr 22nd, 2012 4:03 PM

§Tune up for the hook up
by Patricia Jackson Sunday Apr 22nd, 2012 4:03 PM

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by Patricia Jackson Sunday Apr 22nd, 2012 4:03 PM

§women rockin' in solidarity
by Patricia Jackson Sunday Apr 22nd, 2012 4:03 PM

§What we do to the ocean
by Patricia Jackson Sunday Apr 22nd, 2012 4:03 PM

§For the ride
by Patricia Jackson Sunday Apr 22nd, 2012 4:03 PM

§a new old way to travel
by Patricia Jackson Sunday Apr 22nd, 2012 4:03 PM

§Earth Day Stage
by Patricia Jackson Monday Apr 23rd, 2012 1:26 PM

The whole stage.

Comments  (Hide Comments)

by P. Von Boeger
Thursday Apr 26th, 2012 1:51 PM
I would love to hear this. Any recordings out there?