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Wednesday, January 17, 2007

We Shall Overcome

Awesome video of using excerpts of JRE's speech that fit the closing song of the MLK Celebration at Riverside Church the other day: We Shall Overcome.

John Edwards said these words on Sunday in remembrance of MLK and his call against the war in Vietnam.

It is a betrayal..

To stand silent and watch 37 million of our own brothers and sisters who literally live worrying survioring every single day..

I also believe it is a betrayal...

Not to speak out against an escalation of the war in Iraq.

We shall overcome, we shall overcome,
We shall overcome some day
Oh, deep in my heart, I do believe we shall overcome some day

We shall all be free, we shall all be free,
We shall all be free some day
Oh, deep in my heart, I do believe we shall overcome some day

We shall live in peace, we shall live in peace,
We shall live in peace some day
Oh, deep in my heart, I do believe we shall overcome some day

"The World needs to see our better angels."

It is the first time I've ever seen John Edwards really sing. And it's first time in a long time since January 1993 I've seen such a beautiful celebration for MLK and his work for justice.

You can support the peace movement by chipping in to put a full page ad in Roll Call, a publication read by nearly every pol in Congress or political operative this week. Yes, JRE is leading the initiative to do this and trying to convince many that the McCain Doctrine is wrong and not to fund the surge. This is what he means by taking action now.

Tomorrow Begins Today. Shalom.

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  • MLK linked the War in Vietnam to poverty and race. It was a very courageious stance at the time. If JRE builds on that basic insight with the War on Iraq that it all ties together, I think he'll find a surprisingly large following.

    By Blogger Chancelucky, at 6:52 PM  

  • CL,

    The keynote JRE gave actually did that. Here's the link to the vlog page at JE08 where you can see the videos (there are 3 YT) in their entirety. It was very powerful.

    Realizing the Dream

    I was reminded too about MLK's work when I saw Jennifer Hudson win a Golden Globe. It was her dream to become a singer and an actress. All she needed was a chance.

    By Blogger benny06, at 7:08 PM  

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