30, 2006, Volume 13 Nr. 46, Issue 214
Day. A Dedication to the People of
Woodfolk in Charlottesville, Virginia
than commemorating the lives snuffed out by militarism, imperialism
and neo-liberalism, JeanneE Hand-Boniakowski, the co-publisher of
Metaphoria and I
started an Alternate Memorial Day Service along with some friends in
New Jersey in 1982. A peace tree was dedicated and flowers were
planted. I wrote the words to four songs which
JeanneE put to music. Instead of celebrating "lives
given up" for war, we would mourn the lives snuffed out and stolen by the State
war machines. We would, on Memorial Day, commemorate the lives of ten of the world's
Peacemakers. The lyrics to the first two songs for the first
two years (1982 and 1983) of the Alternate Memorial Day Service follow
below. There are links to hear the songs also. This
Memorial Day weekend might be a good time to read the lyrics and to
sing along as the world is desperately in need of
days ago, I had the good fortune to spend a few days with the
wonderful people of the anarchist environmental community, Woodfolk,
in Charlottesville, Virginia. A long time friend had dropped
everything to go with me to Virginia during a tough time.
Thank you very much. To the people of Woodfolk, I wish to
rededicate the second version of my peacemakers sing entitled, "Peacemakers II".
is within the Woodfolk community that I see the best chances for
this planet realizing what I have written about in this song.
The planet needs more people like Woodfolk if it is to
survive. Thank you Woodfolk. Thank you very very
much. The words and music speak for
themselves. The complete album called "Power From
Within" can be downloaded at http://www.metaphoria.org/album.html
Woodfolk info HERE
Woodfolk House (also
known as Woodfolk asylum) is a group house in the town of
Charlottesville Virginia. We have been in Cville since May of
1999. We have two rules, no damn TV, and no TV dammit. This is
based on the understanding that both TV and rules shut down
communications between people. We encourage people to be direct.
Our vision revolves
around three essential elements. We are supportive of activism.
While not a requirement, we have a history of activism within our
membership. We are an environmental model house (the first
strawbale house in Cville, solar heated and more.) Finally we are
accepting of people within their struggles. (What we sometimes
describe as high functioning crazy people.) We have accepted
numerous people who have been rejected from other communities
because of stigmas related to mental health conditions that in
most cases did not directly limit their ability to contribute. The
fear of crazy people more often originates with the unresolved and
unacknowledged fears, prejudices or pain in those labeled normal.
Peace on this Memorial Day and everyday!!
© 1982 Jozef Hand-Boniakowski
Ghandi, Keller, Schweitzer and King,
touched by the feathers of the dove's wing,
You saw a vision for meaningful change
imperial attitudes you would rearrange
through non-violent action and dedication,
respect for all peoples of every nation
Turn the oppressor, make him change his ways,
preparing the planet for better days,
when conflicts are settled through peaceful means,
and woman and men can fulfill their dreams.
Peace Pilgrim, Thoreau,
Muste, you suggest,
war and violence is immoral, human error at best,
These crimes do not achieve what they intend,
only social justice guarantees peace in the end.
Women, men and children throughout all lands,
do not sit on your apathy, lend the world your hands,
The prophecies of old were lies. They must be broken,
beauracracy step aside, the people have spoken.
"No more victims of genocide, of profit and of greed,
fund not the war machine, fund human needs."
Jane Addams, Dorothy
Day, Jesse Wallace Houghan,
all people, four-billion, were born of women.
Repressed, degraded, made to stay in your place,
barefoot and pregnant, a veil across your face.
No longer the scapegoat, the excuse for men,
no longer a bystander watching the world come to an end.
Mothers of soldiers, sailors, executioners of the past,
prisoners of culture no more, free at last
to pursue a world or Peace and co-operation
where borders are history and the planet is one nation.
© 1983 Jozef Hand-Boniakowski
of Assisi, Jeannette Rankin, Margaret Fell,
You taught us non-violence and taught it so well.
Beginning at home with those we most love,
Embracing the world, the nest of the dove.
Through love of each other and mutual assistance,
Free exchange of our thoughts and co-existence,
With neighbors who care and share our lives
Working together, our dreams realized,
Where people live in harmony rather than fear
And cherish each other, their lives so dear.
Joseph, Sadako, Robeson you gave
You lives and energy, your dedication to save
Mother Earth from the rape of the land,
squandering her resources by the warmonger's hands.
Third world peoples will no longer bow down
Kissing the path of the conqueror's ground.
Wake up your children, educate their minds,
Teach them to love and help them find
The truth for themselves and future generations,
Avoiding forever human degredations.
Merton, Malvina, Sojourner Truth,
Albert Einstein, your pacifism set a new mood.
War Resisters working for Peace,
but still war continues, so your efforts can't cease
To change the world where violence is king,
where we worship gods of metal, "O say can you sing."
These chains of oppression will be broken some day,
Our children determined to grow up, they'll say,
"We work for bread not bombs anymore,
Life is fulfilling and war is no more."