Category Archives: Human Rights

9 August 2019

Treadmill. Stretching. Gym at the Shire.
The Art of Survival – Bill Miller
Brave Hearts – Brule
Native North American Child – Buffy Sainte-Marie
No More – Fawn Wood
Hawai’i ’78 – Israel Kamakawiwo’ole
We Are Here – Sharon Burch
Akua Tuta – Kashtin
Tell Them We Exist – Luis Cachiguango
And We Will Fly- Mary Youngblood
Imina Imina – Indigenous Inuit People
Rashaida Dance – Indigenous Rashida People
Untitled – Indigenous Turkmen People
Bistaita – Bunun People
Danse Des Toka Nod – Kanak People
He Toa Takitini/ Ka Tohia Atu Koe/Ki Okoiki – Maori People
Mbumbusa – Hoiata Musicians



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3 August 2019

Treadmill. Gym at the Shire.
Walking. Morningside Gardens.

Nikki Shawana – Sister Round Dance Song (MMIW Honour Song)

Song for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women – Jayda Gadwa

Qiksaaktuq – Tanya Tagaq andToronto Symphony Orchestra

The Highway – N’we Jinan Artists, Kitsumkalum First Nation, BC.

Highway of Tears – Layla Zoe

Run Sister Run – Cass McCombs
Inspired by the run of Métis activist and athlete Tracie Leost to raise awareness about Canada’s missing and murdered indigenous women

Performance for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women – music by A Tribe Called Red

Red Dress – Amanda Rheaume, feat. Chantal Kreviazuk

Indian City – Through the Flood

Blackbird – Emma Stevens (in Mi’kmaq)

Say Her Name – Bear Fox

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2 August 2019

Treadmill. Gym at the Shire.
Walking. Morningside Gardens.
For Mauna Kea
Ko’u Mana’o – Rebel Zion
Rise Up – Ryan Hiraok, ft. Leala Kawaauhau
We Are Mauna Kea – Sons of Yeshua
Draw the Line at Thirteen – Brad Bordess
Stand Up and Rise – One Rhythm
E Ala E – Hawaiian Roots Band
E `Oni A Pa`a – Hawane Rios
Of Stars & Of Stone – Mr. Kapu, ft. Ka​`​ale
Everybody Wants to Be Somebody – Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley
Get Up Stand Up – Bob Marley & The Wailers
For Hong Kong
Sing Hallelujah to the Lord – The Island Choral Experience & Friends
March for the Beloved – Onesun, ft. Lee Ari
Do You Hear the People Sing? – Les Misérables


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20 July 2019

Treadmill. Strength work. Gym at the Shire.
At the same time as NK Body Philosophy and her parents.
This playlist was designed for July 18,
Asimbonanga – Johnny Clegg with the Soweto Gospel Choir
Tomorrow Nation – O’ Yaba
When the Stone Begins to Turn – Jackson Browne
Someday We’ll All Be Free – Keb’ Mo’
Homeland – Miriam Makeba
Freedom Now – Tracy Chapman
House of Exile – Lucky Dube
Mandela – Hugh Masekela
Sarafina – Original Cast
Free All the People – Santana
Nkosi Sikelel’ iAfrika – Mahotella Queens

Watch for another playlist later in the day.

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4 July 2019, part deux

Walking. Morningside Gardens.
Treaties – Frank Wain
American Tune – Eva Cassidy
Strange Fruit – Billie Holiday
Freedom Road – The Blind Boys of Alabama
The Great Peace March – Holly Near
Freedom – Richie Havens
Born in the U.S.A. – Bruce Springsteen
Freedom Now – Sweet Honey in the Rock
For America – Jackson Browne
My Country ‘Tis of Thy People Are Dying – Buffy Sainte-Marie
We Were All Wounded at Wounded Knee – Redbone
Yorktown – Hamilton
Sounds Like America to Me – Harry Chapin
Immigrants (We Get the Job Done) – K’naan, Snow Tha Product, Riz MC & Residente
America – Tracy Chapman
We Are the Children – Omar Calimbas, Jen Low, Glenn Fajardo and Karen Ng
Glory – Common & Legend
I Am a Patriot – Little Steven
This Is America – Childish Gambino
Freedom – Pharrell Williams
Querido FBI – Calle 13
Freedom – Beyonce
This Land – Gary Clark, Jr.
We Shall Overcome – Tao Rodriquez-Seeger, Pete Seeger, Preservation Hall Jazz Band
Let America Be America Again (by Langston Hughes) – James Earl Jones

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30 June 2019

Walking. Morningside Gardens.
For Marsha P. Johnson – Bryce Dessner
Over the Rainbow – Judy Garland
I Want to Break Free – Queen
Just the Way I Like – Shawnee
Singing for Our Lives – Holly Near
We Are Family – Sister Sledge
What I Need – Hayley Kiyoko
Candy Says – The Velvet Underground
Lost Angel – Mya Byrne
Constant Craving – k.d. lang
True Colors – Cyndi Lauper
Walk on the Wild Side – Lou Reed
Make Me Feel – Janelle Monae
Born This Way – Lady Gaga
It Can Only Get Better – Charice Pempengco
We Belong – Namoli Brennet

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Pride March 2019

Photos and videos of the New York City Pride March shared by family members and friends have touched and blessed me. Next year I will take vacation so I can participate.

My son posted a photo of a hate group with hate signs. He noted that they represent one reason why Pride remains needed. I offered ten points in response to him and to any one who was touched by hate because of their sexual orientation or gender identity today or any day.

  1. You are right. Pride is a necessary response to such hate.
  2. I am sorry you are right. I am sorry such thinking still exists. We are working to change it.
  3. We have work to do. I have work to do.
  4. These people are wrong.
  5. These people are [fill in your favorite colorful metaphor here].
  6. On the off chance that these people are … wait … see number 4.
  7. Love is stronger than hate and fear and anything else in all creation.
  8. Love is even stronger than stupidity.
  9. Each person is precious, beloved, beautiful. Just as the person is.
  10. I love you.

Happy Pride, son. Happy Pride, friends. Happy Pride, All.

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