Posts Tagged ‘Yoko Ono’

Non-Violence Project “Knot Violence” Tour

When I was growing up, my parents wouldn’t let me play with toy guns. I didn’t appreciate their stand for non-violence, I was just annoyed and had to go find a well-shaped stick to play with the other kids in my neighborhood. A more idyllic version might’ve been the rest of the gang I played with having parents that were as adamant about saying that guns aren’t exactly toys, and iconic splitting-into-opposing-sides games like cops and robbers or cowboys and Indians is one thing, but becoming casual about a weapon is another thing entirely.

The Non-Violence Project is beginning a Knot Violence World Tour, a traveling art show with non-violence sculptures interpreted by artists and celebrities, as well as youth artists and kids in the cities where the tour visits. The Tour will start in Mexico and then continue to Brazil, The United States, The United Kingdom, Italy, South Africa, China, and Sweden. Yoko Ono has joined the campaign–a logical fit since the symbol of the Non-Violence Project, a revolver with its barrel tied in a knot, was originally created by the Swedish artist Carl Fredrik Reuterswärd as a memorial tribute to John Lennon after he was shot and killed on December 8, 1980. The organization began in Switzerland to educate and motivate youth to take a stand for change.

I am not anti-gun, but I am absolutely anti any gun ever being pointed at a human being. If you hunt for your food and that is how you and your family survive, fine. If you shoot clay discs as sport, also fine. I don’t think an appropriate target for target practice (unless you are a police officer or member of the military) is the silhouette of a person–that strikes me as grossly irresponsible, and the kind of first step toward kids thinking a gun is casual, cool, and earns them bragging rights. A gun is, of course, none of those things. Kids, and adults, who are confident and clear about themselves, and past the point of operating out of fear, would never need a weapon as specific as a gun.

Imagine Peace Tower

Keeping the Peace ball rolling–I love Yoko Ono’s Imagine Peace Tower artwork in Iceland. On Viðey Island, near Reykjavík, an old geothermal/electrical plant has an installation that shoots a huge beam of light skyward from October 9 (the birthday of John Lennon) until December 8 (the anniversary of his death) each year. From dusk to midnight, the white cylinder with “Imagine Peace” inscribed in 24 languages, blazes toward the universe with geothermally-powered high beams. It is also lit for the Winter Solstice each year,  New Year’s Eve, and for the first week of Spring. Go to Yoko’s website to learn more about this and all her vast array of work.

Happy Equinox…Imagine Peace

World Hungerthon

This Thanksgiving, as you are likely planning to indulge (and most of us overindulge, but that’s between us and our gym memberships) in a feast, look for ways to bring abundance into other lives as well.

There are 36.2 million Americans, and more than a billion people worldwide who do not get enough to eat. WHY is a non-profit charity working to end world hunger and poverty. The annual Hungerthon is a radio broadcast each Thanksgiving to bring awareness and appeal for donations (of dollars and/or hours of your volunteering time) to help feed the world. “Imagine There’s No Hunger” is the theme (approved by Yoko Ono who generously allowed John Lennon’s lyric and images to stand for the project). Other giants of the music industry are on board and have donated items for auction to raise money. Some of the big ticket items are: *A signed photograph from Henry Diltz, courtesy of the Morrison Hotel Gallery.
* A signed guitar from Sarah McLachlan, courtesy of Nettwerk Management.
* A signed deluxe box set from The Dave Matthews Band, courtesy of Red Light Management.
* A signed guitar from The Counting Crows, courtesy of The Artists Organization.
* An autographed photo and signed copy of the new album ‘Battle Studies’ from John Mayer, courtesy of Mick Management.
* A signed special edition of “21st Century Breakdown,” courtesy of Green Day.

Bid on these items, make a general donation, and volunteer some time for other events and spreading the word.

It is what being thankful is all about.