Category Archives: Human Rights

21 September 2020

Stretching. Gym in the apartment. NK Body Philosophy.
Walking. Germantown.
(What’s So Funny ‘Bout) Peace, Love and Understanding – Elvis Costello & The Attractions
Down By the Riverside – Sister Rosetta Tharpe
Peace Train – Cat Stevens
A Song of Peace – David LaMotte
Peace Will Come – Tom Paxton
What’s Going On – Marvin Gaye
Peace Has Broken Out – Eric Bogle
The Great Peace March – Holly Near
Peace In The Valley – John Scofield
Peace March – Bruce Cockburn
Go Well and Peace Be with You (Hambani Kahle) – Ladysmith Black Mambazo
Peace – Sweet Honey In The Rock
Pipes of Peace – Paul McCartney
Peace And Power – Joanne Shenandoah
Paz Y Libertad – José-Luis Orozco
Peace Train & People Get Ready – Abraham Jam
Imagine – Avril Lavigne
The Times They Are A Changin’ – Keb’ Mo’

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19 September 2020

Walking. Germantown.
The Long View (A Portrait of Ruth Bader Ginsburg in 9 Songs):
No. 1, Prologue. Foresight – Patrice Michaels & Kuang-Hao Huang
No. 2, Celia. An Imagined Letter from 1949 – Patrice Michaels & Kuang-Hao Huang
No. 3, Advice from Morris – Patrice Michaels & Kuang-Hao Huang
No. 4, On Working Together – Patrice Michaels & Kuang-Hao Huang
No. 5, Anita’s Story – Patrice Michaels & Kuang-Hao Huang
No. 6, New York, 1961 – Patrice Michaels & Kuang-Hao Huang
No. 7, The Elevator Thief – Patrice Michaels & Kuang-Hao Huang
No. 8, Dissenter of de Universe. 5 Opinions and a Comment – Patrice Michaels & Kuang-Hao Huang
No. 9, Epilogue. The Long View, Questions Answered – Patrice Michaels & Kuang-Hao Huang
2 Dickinson Songs: No. 2, Wider Than the Sky – Patrice Michaels & Kuang-Hao Huang
Pot Roast à la RBG 4- Patrice Michaels & Kuang-Hao Huang
My Dearest Ruth – Patrice Michaels & Kuang-Hao Huang
Scalia/Ginsburg: You Are Searching in Vain for a Bright-Line Solution -Patrice Michaels & Kuang-Hao Huang

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To remember, to motivate

God of justice,
God of love,
God of grace,
we thank you for the life of
Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
We remember her service to our country,
her compassionate, caring heart,
her fierce devotion to fairness,
her persistence in pushing for equity,
her brilliant dissents,
her commitment to pursuing justice for
women, the LGBTQ community, and people pushed to the margins.
We marvel at the incredible courage and grace
she publicly displayed in the face of illness.
We are grateful that she
“used whatever talent she had
to do her work to the very best of her ability”
and that she helped
“to repair tears in her society,
to make things a little bettert
hrough the use of whatever ability she has.”
We give thanks for the life of
Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
May her memory be a blessing.
Amen.

Note: the words in quotations are quotes from Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

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16 September 2020

Walking. Germantown. Shelby Park.
Stretching. Gym in the Apartment.
Me Gustan los Estudiantes – Tita Parra
El Pueblo Unido Jamàs Serà Vencido – Inti-Illimani
Manifiesto – Victor Jara
Pisagua 1973 – Los Miserables
Victor Jara’s Hands 3:19 Calexico
Plegaria a un Labrador – Victor Jara
Aquí Me Quedo – Victor Jara
Victor Jara – Arlo Guthrie
Ten Long Years – B.B. King
Woke Up This Morning – B.B. King
Troubles, Troubles, Troubles – B.B. King
Somos Mas Americanos – Los Tigres del Norte
Mi Ciudad – Lola Beltrán
15 de Septiembre – José Alfredo Jiménez
Cielito Lindo – Ángela Aguilar
Viva Mexico – Mariachi Veracruz
Himno Nacional Mexicano – Banda de Genaro Nuñez & Banda Estudiantil del Estado de Jalisco

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12 September 2020

Walking. Slow jogging. Germantown. #Gaza5K
This playlist was built before the date of the Gaza 5K had been announced.
There are parallels.
Steve Biko – Beenie Man
Steve Biko (Stir It Up) – A Tribe Called Quest
Biko – Peter Gabriel
Biko’s Kindred Lament – Steel Pulse
The Death Of Stephen Biko – Tom Paxton
Long Walk To Freedom (Halala South Africa) – Ladysmith Black Mambazo
Prisoner – Lucky Dube
Kazet – Mahlathini & Mahotella Queens
Not Yet Uhuru – Letta Mbulu
Tomorrow Nation – O’ Yaba
Hellfire – African Jazz Pioneers
Unfinished Story – Stimela
Nkosi Sikelel ‘IAfrica – Ladysmith Black Mambazo

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I saw Roberto Clemente play … and live

As Major League Baseball celebrated Roberto Clemente Day on Septmber 9, I was moved by the posts honoring this amazing man. Viewing photos, watching videos, sharing posts, memories flooded over me.

A friend shared a post by a baseball fan lamenting never seeing Clemente, the Pittsburgh Pirates’ great right fielder from 1955 until his untimely death in 1972 play. “If there’s one athlete, past or present, that I wish I could have seen play, it would be Roberto Clemente.”

I understand the sentiment. Because I saw Clemente play. And I am forever grateful. 

At Forbes Field and at Three Rivers Stadium, I had the privilege to see Roberto Clemente play. On numerous occasions, I saw him play with the skill and grace and passion that few brought to the game. Slashing hits. Unmatched arm. He covered right field like a blanket. He ran the bases with abandon. 

But as great a player as he was, Roberto Clemente was an even greater human being. He cared for children, offering clinics in Puerto Rico and Pittsburgh. He advocated for civil rights. He demanded that he be treated justly as he challenged the systemic racism that permeated baseball and society.

Interviewed after he led the Pirates to victory in the 1971 World Series, Roberto Clemente spoke first to his parents – in Spanish. There was not a dry eye in my house. I suspect there was not a dry eye in many places. Tears fell in puddles when Clemente died on a humanitarian mission to aid the people of Nicaragua.

Yes. I saw Roberto Clemente play. More importantly, I saw Roberto Clemente live. And I am better for it. 

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Woody

I have moved to Louisville. After 20 years living in different places because of calls to ministry, Tricia and I are under the same roof again.

At my last doctor’s appointment, I received the message: “Walk more. Eat less.” I am trying to do both of those. As I walk, I plan to take and post photos.

Here’s Woody – found on the corner of Goss and Texas.

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9 August 2020

International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples
Pacing. The Shire.
The Art Of Survival – Bill Miller
Brave Hearts – Brulé
Native North American Child – Buffy Sainte-Marie
No More – Fawn Wood
Hawai’i ’78 – Israel Kamakawiwo’ole
We Are Here – Sharon Burch
Akua Tuta (Fais Attention) – Kashtin
Tell Them We Exist – Luis Cachiguango
And We Will Fly (World) – Mary Youngblood
Imìna Imìna – Indigenous Inuit People
Rashaida Dance – Indigenous Rashaida People
Untitled (Iran) – Indigenous Turkmen People
Bisitaita (Song Of Consolation) – Bunun People of Taiwan
Danse Des Toka Nod (Tiga) – Kanak People of New Caledonia
He Toa Takitini / Ka Tohia Atu Koe / Ki Okoiki (Medley) – Maori People Of New Zealand
Ejengi Ceremony – Ba-Benjellé Pygmies Of The Central African Republic
No’ôk-‘amor – Central Mekrâgnoti Of Brazil
Vinango (Voyage By Canoe) – Villagers From Panueli, Island Of Savo
Song of the Indigenous – Naruwan Indigenous Choir of Taiwan
Some How – Nizhóní Girls
Ungikhumbule – Ladysmith Black Mambazo
Yo Soy Boricua – Taino
Sol – Zen
Took The Children Away – Archie Roach Charcoal
Inngerneq – Pamyua
Red Dress (feat. Chantal Kreviazuk) – Amanda Rheaume
Spirit Fire – Bear Fox
Human – Nive and the Deer Children
Belong – Stiff Gins

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1 August 2020

Pacing. The Shire.
Black My Story – Ziggy Marley & The Melody Makers-
African – Peter Tosh Equal
Justice – Sevana
For the People By the People – Dezarie
Slave Queen – I Threes
Black Woman – Queen Ifrica
Hello Mama Africa – Garnett Silk
‘Til I’m Laid to Rest – Buju Banton
Never Get Weary – Toots & The Maytals
Africa Unite – Bob Marley & The Wailers =
It’s Amazing – Sizzla –
Is It Because I’m Black – Syl Johnson
Slavery Days – Burning Spear

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18 July 2020

Walking. Morningside Park. NK Body Philosophy.
Mandela – Hugh Masekela
Nelson Mandela – Special AKA
Happy – Pharrell Williams (rest in peace Representative John Lewis)
The following songs are by Wouler Kellerman & Soweto Gospel Choir & KwaZulu-Natal Philharmonic
Asimbonanga / Biko
Nomalanga
Different Colours, One People
Mathebethebeni
A Madiba Wish
Mandela Medley
Rainbow Nation
Jikele Maweni
Thula Baba
Lizalis’indinga Iakho/Senzeni Na/Thina Sizwe
Soweto Travels
Black President
Wasiqoqela Ndawonya/Koloi Ena/Sizongena
Voice of Hope

Nkosi Sikelel ‘IAfrica – Ladysmith Black Mambazo

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