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June 2: END Gun Violence: 6 PM Rally at Merrick LIRR Station

You don't need no ticket...just get onboard...the peace train...

To get us all in the right frame of mind to WAGE PEACE, I offer these songs. If you just want the rally details, click here.

"Peace Train" featuring Yusuf / Cat Stevens | Playing For Change | Song Around The World (04:09)

Viewer discretion advised: Great music...small-minded theology...loaded with exclusionary messages...

Jeff Beck, Rod Stewart - People Get Ready (04:40)

Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America

Long Island Gun Sense Rally - June 2 @ 6 PM at Merrick LIRR Station

Here's the scoop from a recent email I got from the rally organizers.

On the anniversary of the Uvalde School Shooting, the Bellmore-Merrick Democratic Club asks you to Take a Moment to Mark your Calendar JUNE 2, 2023 NATIONAL GUN VIOLENCE AWARENESS DAY Wear Orange

On January 21, 2013, Hadiya Pendleton, a high school student from the south side of Chicago, marched in President Obama’s second inaugural parade. One week later, Hadiya was shot and killed on a playground in Chicago. Soon after this tragedy, Hadiya’s childhood friends decided to commemorate her life by wearing orange, the color hunters wear in the woods to protect themselves and others. `````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````` THE LEADING CAUSE OF DEATH OF CHILDREN AND TEENS IN THE U.S. IS GUNS! Not drugs, not car accidents, not cancer! Join us on JUNE 2, 2023 @ 6:00 P.M. Merrick LIRR Train Station

Merrick Ave. north of Sunrise Hwy

Rally to Demand D'Esposito Pass Universal Background Checks and Ban Assault Weapons!

Next Bellmore-Merrick Democratic Club Meeting Presents: MOMS DEMAND ACTION To Discuss Gun Violence in America June 22, 2023 @ 7 P.M. Merrick Golf Course Clubhouse 2550 Clubhouse Road Merrick, NY 11566 For more information, Email


Let's recruit some musicians and lyricists to lead us in song by modifying some words for our purpose.

Yes, and how many times must people look up

Before they can see the sky?

Yes, and how many ears must some people have

Before they can hear children cry?

Yes, and how many deaths will it take till they know

That too many children have died?

--Blowin' in the Wind - Bob Dylan

There's something happening here

But what it is ain't exactly clear

There's a man with a gun over there

Telling me I got to beware

I think it's time we stop

Children, what's that sound?

Everybody look - what's going down?

--For What It's Worth - Buffalo Springfield

SHINE: Parkland, FL students sing moving tribute to shooting victims - 2018 (03:31)

"You may have brought the dark but we will shine the light"


Wear Orange website


Moms Demand Action Website


Now a young 75, I’ve studied nonviolence relatively recently. My likely introduction to this way of life was from a Richard Rohr daily meditation that focused on Campaign Nonviolence - a work of the Pace e Bene organization.

As a believer that music can bring people together, I liked that they had musicians on their team from Nonviolent Austin. This recent photo from their Facebook page shows the scope of their work :

Day 1 Songs of Peace - Nonviolent Austin & Campaign Nonviolence (24:10)

The video has segmented links. Willie Nelson’s “On the Road Again” starts at 03:58.

FEATURING: Willie Nelson and his sons Lukas and Micah Nelson; Eliza Gilkyson; David Pulkingham This is part of Nonviolent Austin, member of the Nonviolent Cities Project, which is hosting a nine-day online concert during the Campaign Nonviolence Action Week Sept. 19-27, 2020. Three music acts will be featured daily, each performing a ten-minute segment including a couple of songs along with introductions about the connections of their music to peacemaking and justice. In addition, from noon to 1:00 p.m. each of those nine days, Nonviolent Austin will be present in a peace vigil (with Campaign Nonviolence banner and signs) at 11th and Congress, in front of the Texas State Capitol.


More recently, I did a study of non-violence with a LI group - Building Bridges of Brookhaven.

We used the Michael N. Nagler book: “The Nonviolence Handbook - A Guide for Practical Action.”


One more resource - I just received Richard Rohr’s Center for Action and Contemplation‘s (CAC) latest issue of Oneing” - that focuses on “Nonviolence. The list of contributors includes some of our shared world’s elder statespersons AND PRACTITIONERS of nonviolence.


NY's Congressman Anthony D-Esposito supports the proposal to create a NATIONAL GUN for America...An assault rifle!

See post for who's a co-sponsor.

Are you seeing RED as I am?

a National Gun? AR(-15) you freakin' nuts?

Frightening images from this post...

In February for “Random Acts of Kindness Day” (Feb. 17), I wrote these two additional blog posts. Of course, they featured great music.

RAK-47's not AK-47's: Let's give peace a chance...

Random Acts of Kindness Day Feb. 17: Ain't no time to hate...

See you at the station on June 2 @ 6 PM…and get on board...


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