Yesterday, I visited one of the most loving households I've ever been in. It was the home of twins Zea and Luna, amazing Irish fiddle playing young girls who happen to have a two mothers, two amazing loving parents who are Gay.
The 10 year old Irish-American girls regularly write to President Obama about various issues, including gun control and marriage equality. One day they got an unexpected call asking them to come to the White House and introduce President Obama at the launch of LGBT pride month last year. Read more at this link and watch the video of their wonderful introduction below.
"There is a pervasive form of contemporary violence to which the idealist most easily succumbs: activism and overwork. The rush and pressure of modern life are a form, perhaps the most common form, of its innate violence. To allow oneself to be carried away by a multitude of conflicting concerns, to surrender to too many demands, to commit oneself to too many projects, to want to help everyone in everything, is to succumb to violence. The frenzy of our activism neutralizes our work for peace. It destroys our own inner capacity for peace. It destroys the fruitfulness of our own work, because it kills the root of inner wisdom which makes work fruitful."
- Thomas Merton
I was lucky enough to be around for the Berkeley Free Speech Movement (FSM) 50th anniversary rally today. It was a joy to watch campaigning veterans as old as 84 connect with young students and the issues of today. The Free Speech Movement continues to inspire movements the world over and it was very fitting that movement veteran Jack Weinberg used his speech to celebrate the incredible courage of the Occupy Central student movement that is happening right now in Hong Kong. I recorded his 7 minute speech on my phone. Scroll down to watch.
Also, here's 'that' famous Mario Savio (FSM student leader) quote:
“There's a time when the operation of the machine becomes so odious—makes you so sick at heart—that you can't take part. You can't even passively take part. And you've got to put your bodies upon the gears and upon the wheels, upon the levers, upon all the apparatus, and you've got to make it stop. And you've got to indicate to the people who run it, to the people who own it that unless you're free, the machine will be prevented from working at all.”
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