Went to yet another memorial service yesterday, this one for Jody Bush, who was second-in-command at the Berkeley Public Library when Claudia and I worked there (I worked as a substitute). From her obituary in the SF Chronicle:
On the side, she was a peace activist. She was as tactful as she was determined, and had a sense of whimsy that endeared her to all, especially her thirteen grandchildren. At the memorial, the eldest of these spoke movingly about his relief at having a grandmother he could come out to.
We will miss her.
Sixty-nine cuts of Malvina’s songs are available for downloads (99¢ each) at Amazon. These are songs already available on various CDs by Malvina and other folks. You’ll find “Little Boxes,” of course, but also some lesser-known songs including one of my favorites, “Look on the Sunny Side”
Look on the sunny side,
Gas is out of sight.
Gasoline it fouls the air
And dims the heavenly light,
The blossoms get the blight.
You'll do much better hiking it,
Streaking it or biking it.
If an auto is required
On the job where you've been hired,
Stay at home,
Tell em you're tired...
For my Bay Area readers:
I'm planning to go to this: Mobilization for Climate Justice rally at Richmond BART station Saturday, Aug. 15 at 11:30 am, march on Chevron at 1:00 pm followed by nonviolent civil disobedience. I'm just going to the rally, I'm not a-marching any more, cause of my knees. For more info: mcjbay@gmail.com. I had asthma when I was a kid, so I have a special place in my heart for actions against air polluters like Chevron.
And this: Music As Transformation with singer, songwriter, teacher & activist Jennifer Berezan on Sunday, August 16, at 10:45 am at the Berkeley Fellowship of Unitarians & Universalists (this is their regular Sunday service) at Cedar and Bonita.
And this: Watershed Environmental Poetry Festival at Berkeley’s Civic Center Park, Saturday, September 26, noon to 4 pm. This is put on by River of Words, so there will be young poets from their school programs as well as folks like Robert Hass and Richard Silberg. Also an open reading and art exhibits. Info at Poetry Flash.
Jennifer Berezan will talk about “Music as Transformation” at the Berkeley Fellowship of Unitarian Universalists on Sunday, August 16. See you there.http://www.edgeofwonder.com/home
Monday, August 3, 2009
As a librarian in Washington, D.C., Providence, R.I, and Berkeley, Jody was  passionately committed to providing public service. She helped start a librarians' union, lobbied for disabled access to libraries, championed taking books into prisons for inmates, and established a bookmobile program. She promoted ESL and adult literacy programs, inclusion of gay literature in libraries, and diversity on library staffs.