Inspired by yesterday’s guest post: A generation of change.
“There is no such thing as a single-issue struggle because we do not live single-issue lives.” -Audre Lorde
1969 Vietnam Protests. Photo credit: Ed Yourdon
“We must not allow ourselves to become like the system we oppose.” -Archbishop Desmond Tutu
First Earth Day - "If You Aren't Part Of The Solution..."
“When will our consciences grow so tender that we will act to prevent human misery rather than avenge it?” -Eleanor Roosevelt
Dow Chemical Demonstration, 5 February 1968. Students protested the affiliation of Duke University with the Dow Chemical Company, who produced napalm which was used in the Vietnam War. Dow had been on campus that day to recruit employees, and refused to answer questions regarding the production of napalm to be used in Vietnam. Photo credit: Duke University Archives.
“Washing one’s hands of the conflict between the powerful and the powerless means to side with the powerful, not to be neutral.”-Paulo Freire
“We must always take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented.” -Elie Wiesel
US Postage stamp block from 1970s - "Save our..."
“We must use time creatively, and forever realize that the time is always ripe to do right.”- Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Martin Luther King Jr. - March on Washington. Photo credit: National Archives.
“It is not enough to be compassionate – you must act.”- His Holiness The Dalai Lama
The First Earth Day 1970 - Denis Hayes ran the group that would lead the U.S Earth Day organizing efforts, with the help of a handful of other college graduates, as envisioned by Senator Gaylord Nelson.
“Although the world is full of suffering, it is also full of overcoming it.” -Helen Keller
The Birmingham campaign was a strategic movement designed by Martin Luther King Jr. and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) to bring media and national attention to the unequal treatment in Birmingham, Alabama. This protest is credited with pushing the nation toward The Civil Rights Movement. Photos are in the public domain.
“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” -Margaret Mead
Little Rock Nine - 1957. Soldiers from the 101st Airborne Division escort the Little Rock Nine students into the all-white Central High School in Little Rock, Ark, while troops from the Arkansas National Guard were there to make sure the students would not enter the school and they were followed by mobs making threats to lynch these nine high school students. Photos are in the public domain.
“Racial injustice, war, urban blight, and environmental rape have a common denominator in our exploitative economic system.” -Channing E. Phillips
Governor George Wallace Attempts to Block Integration. In his own words: "The President (John F. Kennedy) wants us to surrender this state to Martin Luther King and his group of pro-Communists who have instituted these demonstrations." Photo is in the public domain.
“Be the change you want to see in the world.” -Mahatma Gandhi (debated)
Rosa Parks' booking photo upon being arrested on December 1, 1955 for refusing to give up her seat on a Montgomery bus. Photo in the public domain.
“Because we don’t think about future generations, they will never forget us.” -Henrik Tikkanen
Kent State Massacre - 1970. On Monday, May 4, 1970, unarmed college students protesting the invasion of Cambodia were shot upon by members of the Ohio National Guard . 67 rounds were fired over a period of 13 seconds, killing four students and wounding nine others, one of whom suffered permanent paralysis. Photographs amplified the anti-war sentiment and led to protests at college campuses throughout the country. Photo is in the public domain.
“It is horrifying that we have to fight our own government to save the environment.” -Ansel Adams
Coal Power Plant - Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) has introduced a resolution that would not only block the EPA’s Cross State Air Pollution Rule, but it could prevent EPA from ever issuing a similar rule again. In the House, time is being spent debating the Mercury Air Toxics Rule, which protects limits on mercury, arsenic, dioxin and other pollution and also creates jobs. Photo Credit: Bruno & Lígia Rodrigues
“When one tugs at a single thing in nature, he finds it attached to the rest of the world.” -John Muir
This photo of the Earth was taken on December 7, 1972 and remains one of NASA’s most popular images. Even now, NASA says, "Can you imagine what our world view would be if we’d never seen Earth from the vantage of space? An Earth Day without Earth?" This photo is in the public domain.
“During times of universal deceit telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act.” -George Orwell
And that is exactly what I intend to do now. What about you?
I am sure most of you could come up with examples and images that would show how we are still fighting our government to save the environment, or how the world’s living beings are still suffering and need action taken, or that there is no such thing as remaining neutral when atrocities are happening. I am so grateful that, in so many ways, we have changed, but I look to us all to continue to make a positive impact on this world…