Award-winning filmmaker Kathleen Dowdey is producing a documentary about a special hero of mine - a man of great courage and conviction who played, and still plays, an important part in our nation's history. The film is called "Get in the Way: The Journey of John Lewis."
For those who may not recognize his name, John Lewis is a true elder statesman and American hero. Here's a quote from Dowdey's description of him:
John Lewis, civil rights activist, congressional leader and international icon of human rights, has devoted his life to the radical practice of nonviolence, and in doing so has influenced the mighty and the humble with his story of struggle for a vision he will never give up.
Producing a film like this requires a huge investment of time, energy, and... Yeah, money. Kathleen Dowdey has put a lot into this project, but now she needs our help.
Details below the fold.
Until the killing of black men, black mothers' sons
Is as important as the killing of white men, white mothers'sons,
We who believe in freedom cannot rest until it comes...
Sweet Honey in the Rock -- Ella's Song -- We Who Believe in Freedom
I remember the moment when I understood that humanity could destroy itself, not in the blinding flash of nuclear explosions, but by the gradual, almost invisible, buildup of our own waste products, our various forms of pollution.
I was in junior high, sometime in the 1967-68 school year, in 7th grade science class. We were learning about the interactions of plants and animals in the biosphere, and discussing the difficulties of setting up a science fair-type demonstration in a sealed aquarium. It's hard to fit in enough plant biomass to balance the oxygen use of even one fish; but even once you do that it can't be self-sustaining on the kind of scale we could possibly achieve. Eventually the fish would suffocate in its own waste.
Except for light, heat and other forms of radiation, a sealed aquarium is a closed system. It was, I suddenly understood, a perfect reflection of the same kind of closed system as our planet. Various bits of knowledge, about population growth, deforestation, industrialization and pollution came together in a flash of intuitive, gestalt understanding. I suddenly knew that we were on the way towards making the Earth incapable of sustaining our civilization -- maybe even our species. We were on the way towards destroying ourselves, and we might not even know when we had passed the point of no return until years afterwards, when it would be far too late.
I remember stumbling blindly out into the hallway when the bell rang, leaning against the wall, numb with shock at the horror of that realization. I don't remember if I made it to my next class.
I was 12 years old when I had that terrible insight. It was five long years before I learned that there was anyone else on the planet who understood, who believed, who knew what I knew.
Some of you will already have recognized the book that meant so much to me back then... that still informs my understanding of ecology -- and economics -- even today. The Limits to Growth.
Well, that is, it will be livestreamed, by @OCCUPYCARLISLE at http://m.ustream.tv/.... When you click on the link it takes you to an intro page, then you search occupycarlisle.
I wrote a diary about this protest last evening. It's here.
I hope some of our local folk can go!
I know this is short notice, but I just got this email this evening from 350.org. They're calling for people to protest against the Keystone pipeline tomorrow evening (Wednesday, 3/13/13) at a fundraising dinner in Washington, DC, where President Obama is scheduled to speak. I'll post the email below the orange fleur de Kos.
I grew up just outside of Washington DC. Like most people around here I'm a fan of our NFL team, and of its beloved, long-time coach, Joe Gibbs.
Gibbs taught me a lot about football. And about life. What I've realized recently is how much of what he taught me applies to politics, as well. Join me below the fold as I use my first diary to explore how the wisdom of Gibbs applies to recent political events.