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  •  I completely lost it when it got to (49+ / 0-)

    the part with them singing "We Shall Overcome". I have a cold and trying not to cry because I'm already in enough misery without my nose running more than it is. :-)

    Young people standing up for themselves is the most beautifulest thing in the world to me. I haven't been able to experience this in America except through old footage of people from the 60s--white kids with long hair "Like Father, Like Son...Like HELL!" and black kids sitting at lunch counters and marching through dogs and hoses and police batons. I can watch an entire 3 hour documentary of the Civil Rights Movement with dry eyes until it comes to the part about the kids. Then it's just waterworks.

    I'm almost jealous that my growing years were absent of this spirit. I feel like I was robbed in a way. Now these kids have to do what I failed to do in the 80s and 90s.

    The kids are alright. Thank goodness for them.

    •  I saw this and it lifted my heart (18+ / 0-)

      I was supposed to write something about PeanutButterPAC and what we are working on but I couldn't pass this up. Sometimes what we need is good news to give us the hope we need and encouragement to carry on with the good fight.

      Peace to you and yours, GenXangster


      FULL DISCLOSURE - I'm a paid employee of PeanutButterPAC, a progressive, Kossack founded PAC.

      by MinistryOfTruth on Sun Apr 04, 2010 at 01:59:21 PM PDT

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    •  You missed all the Queercore shows? (2+ / 0-)
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      that's a drag...

      "But then, liberals always were a little fond of mind control, assuming of course that it was put to good use." -DKos troll

      by teloPariah on Sun Apr 04, 2010 at 03:16:07 PM PDT

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    •  I lost it on We Shall Overcome too. (7+ / 0-)

      I was a little young for the stuff that happened in the 60's, but there was enough residual that when I was a teen in the 70's some of that spirit still survived, at least among some of us.

      The Pre-Inaugural celebration in January 2009 felt that way to me, but precious little since has resembled it at all. The hate is so widespread, so deep, so visible, so senseless. To hear those young voices singing that song was such a breath of fresh air.

      Relax - the adults are in charge now.

      by NWTerriD on Sun Apr 04, 2010 at 06:27:01 PM PDT

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      •  I hear ya. (4+ / 0-)

        I was 7 years old in 1980. That feeling was all but gone. There was no electricity in the air like in 2009 or even 1979. It felt like doom. The next decade I spent with severe nuclear anxiety until the wall fell when I turned 16. Strange days.

        •  Yeah...totally... (6+ / 0-)

          Being a young adult in the Reagan era was all about wondering whether today would be the day we'd go to the last war humanity will ever know. Being a young adult in the Reagan era meant wondering if you'd ever get a chance to get old. Or to have a family of your own. Or find the right person and get married.

          And there was also the spectre of AIDS/HIV hanging over the landscape. Your parents had Woodstock and Free Love and all that: you had condoms and nonoxynol9 and worry that maybe you didn't escape and you'd get a death sentence the next time you went to get tested. There was a point early on when "oh it's just the gays getting it," then "oh, it's gays and hemophiliacs and people from Haiti" and then it became clear that anyone could get it.

          Really depressing time to be young.

          The next OneCare Happy Hour will be April 30, 2010.
          Jail TEArrorists who threaten our representatives.

          by Pris from LA on Sun Apr 04, 2010 at 09:06:33 PM PDT

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          •  A little bit younger than you... (1+ / 0-)
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            ...our motto was "Oh well, whatever, nevermind."

            We stayed in the shadows while our older siblings and cohort lived a Bret Easton Ellis novel and quietly constructed a world for ourselves, and hopefully laid the groundwork for the shock troops of the Obama Generation.

            9-11 changed everything? Well, Katrina changed it back.

            by varro on Sun Apr 04, 2010 at 09:12:13 PM PDT

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          •  there was a lovely diary--friday night at (1+ / 0-)
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            the movies--posted (duh) friday,
            which talked about, in keeping with
            Good Friday, passion plays.

            after reviewing JesusChristSuperstar, and
            Godspell, (both a big part of my growing up),
            in said diary, i was amazed at the difference in

            Jesus Freaks Then (as we called them),
            as opposed to jesusfreaks now.

            back then, the Jesus movement was about
            love and acceptance of diversity, and

            now, jesusfreaks are about leviticus and

            amazing, how we've actually regressed/
            devolved in those 30-40 years.

          •  Excellent! You said it better than I ever could. (2+ / 0-)
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            Pris from LA, MKSinSA

            My mother is really young to be the mother of a 36 year old. She's about the same age as Madonna or Keith Olbermann. Her gen was caught in the middle of the free love and teh AIDS. She moved back to her hometown in upstate NY and many of the people she knew as a teen when I was born died of AIDS or perished somehow because of crack.

            AIDS. The parents on the street would gather on front porches and talk about it. I was only 8 years old. I thought I would die a virgin in a nuclear winter fallout before I turned 17.

            Gawd, yes, it was depressing. I used to have nightmares. I would be outside playing and someone would say a trigger word that made me think about nuclear bombs. All the energy would drain from my body instantly and I would go sleep under my bed all afternoon. I never told anybody how I felt. I didn't hear the term "nuclear anxiety" until I was grown up and all that was over.

            The fundamentalists messed with my head as well. What they were saying about the Rapture and Armageddon was all wrapped up in the cold war in my mind. It seemed too plausible that we were going to die.

            Remember the songs from that time? 99 Luftballons, Crazy Train, 1999. Every other song was talking about the cold war. I guess I wasn't the only one. Thank gawd. I thought I was losing my mind sometimes. We weren't talking about shell bombs and terrorism. We were talking about the earth...gone. Cockroaches left. (shudder)

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