I just arrived home after a wonderful weekend for SAVE OUR SCHOOLS at the Clearwater Festival. This year, it was a glorious memorial to Pete Seeger and a celebration of the arts. We worked out a schedule where our table always had at least one of us while others could attend music performances. I attended an extraordinary performance by Lucinda Williams to close the Festival that included a very moving new song she wrote, “The World After Peter.” If you do not know her powerful songs with extraordinary poetry filled with feelings and imagery, check it out. Her voice is so strong and her rock band drives the messages home.
We had the only activist table focusing on Reclaiming our Schools. Other dominant activists focused on closing Indian Point nuclear plant on the Hudson River, ending fracking in NY and all over our country, climate change and sustainability; and so much more.
The two Clearwater Activist Area coordinators expressed great respect for both our movement and our activist commitment. They also set up a very moving memorial to Pete and Tosh that took those of us who visited on a journey of the impacts they have made. After walking through the memorial we were invited to write a heartfelt response that was publicly posted. I gave them complimentary SOS T-shirts at the end of the Festival to express a small “thank you” for all the work they do to support and promote activism.
We brought Terry’s lyrics to “This School is Your School” and it was the hit of all our handouts! Everybody loved them. I ran out of copies.
Great, rewarding weekend as we “keep on keepin’ on,”
Michael ShawSOS Steering Committee Member