Nominate Pete Seeger for the Nobel Peace Prize
Pete Seeger has consistently been an ambassador for Peace and Social Justice over the course of his lifetime. As an artist and activist, his music and performance have worked to engage people in causes including the Civil Rights Movement, the movement to end the Vietnam War, ban nuclear weapons, work for international solidarity and environmental responsibility.
Throughout his career, despite whatever was targeted at him, be it direct violence, persecution, controversy or even enthusiastic fans, he has always offered
a non-violent, peaceful, kind, non - invasive example of what it means
to love life, his country and humanity. There are more examples out there than ever before, between books published like "How Can I Keep From Singing?" by David King Dunaway or the documentary that has been aired this year "Pete Seeger; The Power of Song", let alone the hundreds of books, articles and recordings Pete has written and published himself, giving inspiring anecdotes. But for those of us millions out there, all over the world,
that have been active members of Pete's audiences, or have enjoyed performing with him, worked together to move the pumpkins from the Sloop Clearwater to sell at the Pumpkin festivals during the Pumpkin Sail, or simply walked along with him and found yourselves picking up the litter spotted along the way, the living example Pete has offered leaves us all with a profound sense of hope and love - for life and for humanity. That we CAN and we DO affect positive change as individuals in our hearts, within our communities, within our world; That we are not alone in wanting to make the world a better place, now and for our future; That we are all connected. Sometimes just by learning the same song. . . So many people don't even realize how Pete has affected their lives, just by learning a song that Pete brought to us, through the "folk process" . . .SO... Please join the Committee to Nominate Pete Seeger for the Nobel Peace Prize, to urge the American Friends Service Committee to select Pete Seeger as their nominee for the 2008 Nobel Peace Prize.
This nomination is important on merit of its
three basic premises: that Pete's lifelong integrity provides a model for other people, that the unique grassroots process promotes a democratic approach to the
nomination, and that cultural work and cultural workers receive the respect they deserve in our society, that it is not only a medium of entertainment but of education,
compassion and action.
Here's what YOU can do:
1) Sign the online petition at
and/or 2) Email a letter of support directly to AFSC at: [email protected]
or to Susan Jackson at: [email protected]
Please stress in your letter how, in your opinion, Pete Seeger meets AFSC's own criteria for its Nobel Peace Prize candidate. ( Feel free to use any part of this note
to include in your letter, or if you want more resources, send me an email!)
AFSC criteria for the Nobel Peace Prize are:
a. The candidate's commitment to nonviolent methods.
b. The quality of the candidate as a person of integrity and sustained contribution to peace.
c. The candidate's body of work on issues of peace, justice, human dignity, and environmental ecology.
d. The candidate's expression of a worldview and global impact overriding a parochial concern.
or send mail to:
American Friends Service Committee
Nobel Peace Prize Nominating Committee
1501 Cherry St.
Philadelphia, PA 19102
We don't have much time, as the prize will be announced on October 10! This is not about glorifying Pete - it is about reminding everyone that we all are, and can be, examples of love and peace, no matter what we face. Instead of being anti - this, or anti - that , let's be PRO - love and peace, for Pete's sake ! :) I believe if he wins this, it will only add to the transcendental messages of love Pete (and his wife Toshi!) has already offered us all. Shine a light! Sing Strong !