I'm just sitting here in Terminal 1 at Pearson airport about to fly to the other side of the planet to work on a consultation between armenian, azerbaijani and georgian human rights workers and the UN Special Rapporteur on Violence Against Women and a friend just e-mailed me the information about a campaign for Pete Seeger to be given the Nobel Peace prize. I've known Pete Seeger's music since i was a teen and i wonder about the choices i've made in my life and all the many and varied influences that have lead me to this place now where i work on human rights and social justice and peace and more. It's hard to credit any one influence as being definitive, of course. But i think that it is fair to say that the quality of my commitment to a more just and peaceful world is, in part, a consequence of Pete Seeger's influence. If the quality of my commitment (which is just a narrow and rationale way of talking about my soul) is a tapestry of colours then some of those colours are because of Pete. If the quality of my commitment were a musical score, then many of the fugues within it are those i learned from that merry minstrel.
If you're interested in signing the petition you can find it here.
(Thanks to Lorne for passing this on to me)