Would You Go to Jail With Prostitutes, Drunks, and Daryl Hannah?

Via on Aug 25, 2011

It wouldn’t be a surprise if most of America has no clue about what is happening on the sidewalk in front of the White House.

Our main stream media would rather report on an 83 year old grandmother getting breast implants than the future of our own survival.  That’s right, Good Morning America sure knows what’s important.

When I was in College I joined 350,000 people on the Boston Common to protest the horrendous tragedy of our engagement in Vietnam. Before “imbedded media” we were able to witness the horrors of War every night on our Television sets. Direct visual exposure to that ugliness generated resistance. While I’m an advocate for beauty, perhaps we need to point the lens of our media into the heart of Tar Sands land, to raise awareness and motivate action.

When I look at the few hundred people showing up in Washington D.C. to protest for a clean energy future, and perhaps nothing short of the survival of our species, it’s difficult to maintain my optimism that we will wake up in time to stop the raping of our Earth for oil, coal and profit.

I’ve just returned to Boulder after attending a clean energy conference. The gathering was full of solutions and alternatives to our current energy policies and practices.  Daryl Hannah was interviewed in the lobby of the Hotel Jerome and this is what she had to say about her plans to head to the protest in Washington. She’s the real deal – she’s intelligent, knowledgeable, articulate, committed and passionate about protecting and conserving Nature and our precious Earth. She demonstrates time and again her genuine devotion to raising awareness and inspiring action.

FLASH UPDATE: as of September 2nd , nearly 1,000 people have been arrested on the sidewalk in front of the White House for expressing their right to freedom of assembly while protesting the Tar Sands Pipeline . When I looked at the police arrest records, it was full of “under the influence”, “trespassing” and other assorted misdeeds and misbehaviors, hence the title of my article. Daryl Hannah was indeed arrested along with Randy Hayes, the founder and Board member of Rainforest Action Network.

Bill McKibben, climate activist, was released from the central cell block a couple of days ago and posted this statement . The Tar Sands Action in Washington D.C. is designed to increase pressure on President Obama to deny the permit for a massive pipeline to be constructed from Alberta Canada to the Gulf of Mexico.

Bill McKibben, climate activist being arrested in Washington

Bill McKibben is calling for company not sympathy.

This video puts it all into perspective for you, might even inspire you to buy a ticket and join in the fun. The civil disobedience action is on-going until September 3rd. Time to make more than the ground shake in Washington, doncha think?

If that doesn’t do it, here’s a humble story of a committed (and arrested) Canadian woman.

Freedom of Speech, Freedom of Assembly

In 1963 it only took 53 protesters along with Dr. Martin Luther King  to focus attention on the struggle for human rights. Perhaps a few hundred in Washington D.C. can focus attention on our right to clean air and water. If you need any more inspiration read Dr. King’s Letter from a Birmingham Jail.  I’d suggest our country would be more awake if this was required reading for every graduating high school senior.

Let’s trust music and art will continue to inspire us to strive for sanity and balance. A change is gonna come!

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onward with courage,

 

About Bud Wilson

As a student-athlete-activist during the tumultuous era at Harvard University Bud emerged with an interdisciplinary degree combining, child development, innovative education and urban social policy. To recover from academia, he moved to the mountains of Colorado and devoted his energy to hosting professional conferences and seminars in Snowmass Village, followed by a few years working with John Denver's Windstar Foundation. He has lots of stories to share about those formative years living in the Roaring Fork Valley. Bud continues to consult with many organizations including Newfield Network, Environmental Communications, Inc. and The Living Green Foundation, Next Culture Network, The Unified Field Corporation, Regenerative Community Development of Colorado and The Agora Projects. Bud has 25 years of experience as an awareness instructor and wilderness guide for Sacred Passage and the Way of Nature. As Global Director of Eco-Regional Leadership for The Way of Nature, in May 2011, he co-created and coordinated the first World Nature Quest. More than 35 groups in 17 countries on 5 continents simultaneously communed with the Earth for healing and renewal. His articles have been read by more than 70,000 Elephant Journal Readers His adult son, daughter and son-in-law are the source of great joy in his life.

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6 Responses to “Would You Go to Jail With Prostitutes, Drunks, and Daryl Hannah?”

  1. Great post, Bud. I'll post to the elephant green page and tomorrow on the elephant main page, unless someone beats me to it. Cheers!

  2. Jack Weber Jack says:

    Thanks, Bud. Something more is needed than all of our writing….more than petition signing. More….I am impatient. I have stopped posting articles here on ele for a time because I have learned through conversations that we are simply preaching to the choir, so am directing my efforts into my book for now…and siting with how to make my efforts actually influence others who are not already green-midned/hearted. When ele comes up with a plan and heart to make the green voice a priority to non or almost-greeners I'll feel better about putting my efforts into it. In the meantime, am considering your request to go to Washington to represent…thanks, Jack

    • Bud Wilson Bud says:

      Thanks Jack – Great to talk with you and thank you for your pledge to help send me into the front lines in Washington D.C. – Years ago I had a conversation with Margaret Mead and asked her "where" we should begin to address all of the ecological challenges we are facing. She didn't skip a heart beat and answered "everywhere at once." Remember, Choirs need practice to improve their harmony and strengthen their voices. The louder the choir sings the more likely "fence sitters" will be able to hear our message. I agree, we all must enhance the clarity of our message and refine our invitation o make it as compelling and attractive as possible. Bucky Fuller also had a great influence upon my thinking and my actions. He always admonished us to demonstrate the benefits of the alternatives we choose to advocate. Cheers! Great to Meet you on the phone! Bud

  3. Bud Wilson Bud Wilson says:

    Thanks 350colorado! It's all about showing up – raising awareness and educating people regarding our changing climate is the name of the game now, more than ever. Cheers, Bud

  4. val says:

    Hey I’m a prostitute and I organize for climate change. This title promotes stereotypical thought.

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