One hundred years ago Woody Guthrie was born into his family and into ours as fellow human and biosphere beings. His music and song move us on Mother Earth to confront the truth about how we live and take care of each other or not. Truth and justice mattered in song and life to Woody, the “Dust Bowl troubadour.” He died in 1967, and we still hear him. We need to. Listen.
“This Land is Your Land” lifted our voices and nourished our spirits beneath a blushing and glowing evening sky, two blocks away from the Pacific Ocean, as so many of us gathered together before the Santa Monica City Hall last January. We readied ourselves to press our city council to advance our Sustainability Bill of Rights. Hours later the council agreed, unanimously.
Our singing carried Woody’s spirit within us. Our stance grows stronger each day that we recall him and his music and emulate what both stood for, then and now.