Category Archives: Human Rights

15 May 2023

Nakba Day.
Yalli El Qumar – Mohammed Assaf
Sabs Adresse – Ramzi Azoredwan
Daughters of the desert – Rim Banna feat. Bugge Wesseltoft & Checkpoint 503
Wanabani – Kamilya Jubran & Werner Hasler
Song for Palestine – Nora Roman & The Border Busters
Passport – Marcel Khalife
Desert – Rasha Nahas
Palestine – DJ Bruno Cruz
Palestinian Resistance – PR
Suffocated Electronics – Muqataa
The Dice Man – Michael Sajrawy
To Change Tomorrow – DAM
The Third Generation – Dmar
Beast – Jowan Safadi
Oh Kufye Man – Wala’ Sbeit
No Longer Mine – Zaman
Palestine: Fida’i (Revolutionary), “My country, the land of my grandfathers…” – Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra & Peter Breiner
Ibn el Balad (instr.) – Ensemble musical de Palestine


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A prayer to bear one another’s burdens

God who bears the hurt of the world,

we pray for the grace, courage, and wisdom

to bear one another’s burdens,

to sit in silence with your children

who are in pain,

who grieve,

who endure heartbreak beyond our imagining;

to sit in silence

until a place of love is reached.


inspired by a sermon preached by Elder Madison McKinney (Sisseton Wahpeton Dakota Oyate and a descendent of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma) for National Day of Awareness for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, Girls and Two Spirit People (May 5), a part of the May 1-7 National Week of Action for MMIWG2S

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#MMIWG2S #NoMoreStolenRelatives

A playlist of songs for the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, Girls, and Two Spirit People and those who love them.

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

Song for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women – Jayda Gadwa

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

Women’s Fancy Shawl Dance – Red Pheasant Powwow

Qiksaaktuq – Tanya Tagaq andToronto Symphony Orchestra

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

Break the Silence – N’we Jinan Artists – Wauzhushk Onigum First Nation, ONT

Song for Murdered and Mission Indigenous Women – West Shore Canoe Family

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

Red Dress – Amanda Rheaume, feat. Chantal Kreviazuk

Through the Flood – Indian City

Blackbird – Emma Stevens (in Mi’kmaq)

Say Her Name – Bear Fox

You Got to Run (Spirit of the Wind) – Buffy Sainte-Marie and Tanya Tagaq

To All MMIW – Northern Cree

Pray Sister Pray – Crystal Shawanda

Missing You – Joanne Shenandoah

Little Star – iskwē

MMIW (Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women) – Jah’kota

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And yet

Much like any morning
garbage dumped
coffee made
coffee consumed
dishwasher runs
dryer spins

and yet

with the dawn
comes anew the awareness that
grace abides
hope abounds
love lives
mercy multiplies
justice beckons

for Christ is risen,
risen indeed,
making this day,
and every day,

8:45 AM, 9 April 2023
There is poetic license at work here. The closest I came to seeing dawn this Easter day is in some photos of the sunrise service at Second Presbyterian Church in Baltimore that my son Eric took. One of those photos appears in this post.

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4 April 2023

The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. assassinated.

Now’s the Time – Charlie Parker & Miles Davis
Motel in Memphis – Life, Explicit
Martin, Martin – Denise Erwin
Wake Up – Rage Against the Machine
They Killed Him – Kate Campbell
Just a Little More Love – David Guetta (feat. Chris Willis)
Ballad of Martin Luther King – Pete Seeger, Brother Kirk & The Sesame Street Kids
Like a King – Ben Harper
God Rest His Soul – Gregg Allman
MLK – U2
Mlk Song – Mavis Staples
So Beautiful or So What – Paul Simon
Why? (The King of Love Is Dead) – Nina Simone
Heaven Will Welcome You Dr. King – Big Maybelle
We March – Prince
Abraham, Martin and John – Harry Belafonte
Take My Hand, Precious Lord – Mahalia Jackson

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31 March 2023 – Love Rising

Playlist based on the Love Rising concert in Nashville. Thanks to Laura and Jess for helping me find Ann Powers’ Spotify playlist which served as the basis for this list.
You’re Not Alone – Allison Russell, feat. Brandie Carlile
The Village – Wrabel
Hard to Make a Stand – Sheryl Crow
Going to Hell – Adeem the Artist
Burn This Statehouse Down – Mya Byrne & Paisley Fields, feat. Kym Register + Meltdown Rodeo, Swan Real, Aaron Lee Tasjan, Chris Kelly, Sandy Loam & Scott Wolfson and Other Heroes
History Repeats – Brittany Howard
Faith Healer – Julien Baker
We’re All Gonna Die – Joy Oladokun & Noah Kahan
The Middle – Zedd, Maren Morris & Grey
Pluto – John Wesley Rogers
Hold On – Yola & The Highwomen, feat. Sheryl Crow, Brandi Carlile & Natalie Hembey
Let Me Be – Fancy Hagood & Devon Gilfillian
Nina Cried Power, feat. Mavis Staples
What’ve I Done to Help – Jason Isabell and the 400 Unit
All of This Beauty – Izzy Heltai
Inordinary – Haley Wiukuans
Take It Like a Man – Amanda Shires
I Got My Head Made Up – Instant Funk
Crowded Table – The Highwomen
I Am America – Shea Diamond
Queen for Tonight – Asia O’Hara
On a Sunday – Autumn Nicholas
Bible Belt – Chris Housman
Welcome to Chambers County – Brady Riley
Dying on the Vine – Harper Grae
Stand in the Light – Brody Ray
Taxiderny – Jeff Holden
Maybe Possibly – Ally Free
Sober – Carmen – Carmen Dianne
Swamp Witch – She Returns from War
Under the Milky Way – Lilly Hiatt
blood – Kaitlin Butts
Last Night Was Good for My Soul – The Shindellas
Hard Life – Aaron Lee Tasjan
Loving Her – Katie Pruitt
Catch This Love – Mila Jam
Drag Queens in Limousines – Mary Gauthier
Better Than We Found It – Maren Morris
For Judas – Adeem the Artist
Take Me to Church – Hozier
Cover Me Up – Jason Isbell

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16 March 2023

My Lai Massacre day.
Song for Hugh Thompson – David Rovics
For Hugh Thompson Who Stood His Ground – The Oaks
Pinkville Helicopter – Thom Parrott
Peace Anthem – Sera
Change the World – Magdalen Hsu-Li
Us – Ruby Ibarra
Feel It Out – Yaeji
Never – jennylee
Not Yo’ Butterfly – Nobuko Miyamoto, feat. Tylana Enomoto
No More – KHA
Fold – Ella Jay Basco
Us – Jessica Sanchez
We Belong ’21 – Magnetic North & Taiyo Na, feat. Ann One
I Belong – MILCK
The Human Color – Jen Shyu, feat. Ambrose Akinmusire, Mat Maneri, Thomas Morgan & Dan Weiss

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10 March 2023

Harriet Tubman.
March up Fifth – Eileen Ivers
Always in My Head – Indi.Arie
Universal Soldier – Buffy Sainte-Marie
No More – Fawn Wood
Streets of London – Mary Hopkin
The Holy Ground – Mary Black
Swing Low, Sweet Chariot – Joan Baez
Follow the Drinking Gourd – Taj Mahal
Steal Away – The Princely Players
The Ballad of Harriet Tubman – Magpie
Go Down, Moses – Paul Robeson
Harriet Tubman – Holly Near
Harriet Tubman/Steal Away – Kin & Reggie Harris
Stand Up – Cynthia Erivo

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9 March 2023

Bobby Sands birthday,
Bobby Sans MP – Black 47
Ballad of Bonny Sands – The Irish Brigade
Bobby Sands – Claymore
Bobby Sands – Gerard MacCuinneagain
Song for Marcella – Eimhear Ni Ghlacain
Four Green Fields – The Molly Maguires
The Hills of Ireland – Celtic Woman
Sor Mo Chroi – The Chieftains with Bonnie Raitt
Bloody Sunday – Cruachan
Fields of Athenry – Dropkick Murphys
Dear Irish Boy – Eileen Ivers
Long Journey Home – Elvis Costello with Anuna
Irish Soldier Boy – Paddy Reilly
Back Home in Derry – Helena Ward
Song for Ireland – Mary Black
The Parting Glass – Shaun Davey
Daughters and Sons – Tommy Sands

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8 March 2023

International Women’s Day
One Woman: A Song for UN Women
Gentle Rebellion – Rebecca Riots
Compassion – Magdalen Hsu-Li
Feel Like A Natural Woman – Carole King
Respect – Aretha Franklin
Transgender Dysphoria Blues – Against Me!
Born This Way – Lady Gaga
Break the Change – One Billion Rising
Walk Beside Me – Celtic Woman
I Will Not Be Denied – Bonnie Raitt
Motherland – Natalie Merchant
Run the World – Beyonce
Blackbird – Emma Stevens
I AM WOMAN – Emmy Meil
And We Can Love (World) – Mary Youngblood
Ella’s Song – Sweet Honey In the Rock
Imagine – Eva Cassidy
Find Your Way – Adina Nyree
I Am a Woman – Ruby Hunter
I Am Her – Shea Diamond
Warrior Heart – Sjawmee
All That You Have Is Your Soul – Tracy Chapman
Brave New World – Sera
Crowded Table – The Highwomen

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