I went to the festival to see my good friends at Reach and Teach, who bring my CD, Sun Sun Shine, to festivals and conferences and schools, and to hear Starhawk, Bill Ayers and Bernardine Dohrn, and Luisah Teish. I was naming the array of speakers to my Syracuse friend and described Starhawk and Luisah as our high-profile local witches. I’ll never forget hearing Starhawk in the seventies, I think, on a panel with Aurora Levins-Morales and Angela Davis at the Great American Music Hall and seeing Angela Davis flash that gap-toothed smile and say “If you told me ten years ago I’d be on a panel with a witch...” She went on to say that we needed to listen to Starhawk to learn how to prevent movement burn-out. We still do. Starhawk has a new children’s book out:
I loved her talk, clear and welcoming, and Bill Ayers and Bernardine Dohrn were cogent and funny. Watch for videos of their speeches coming soon on the festival website.
I was also giving away and trading copies of Sun, Sun Shine to other environmental songwriters, environmental education folks, rainforest organizations and sea turtle rescue groups. One of them is See Turtles, which arranges service learning trips to Costa Rica and other places to help guard the turtles from poachers.
The last hour of the festival, Luisah Teish was on a panel called “I Came, I Shopped, Now What?” She warned that we need to be careful lest we create another class structure where green is chic. She also led us in a chant and dance to end the festival on a festive note. My eyes and ears were full and I was ready to go home.
©2009 by Nancy Schimmel
The I-can’t-believe-it’s-made-from-candy-wrappers purse from Eco Fashions in San Francisco. (This is the all bar-code model) seen at the Green Festival last weekend. Stunning!http://www.ecofashionsf.com/city.html
Tuesday, November 17, 2009