JeanJeanie20 March 2011 at 6:30pmPosts: 2 (0 today)Status: offline
I am a student of Peace and Conflict Studies at UC Berkeley.
You are encouraged about the power of the youth
movements, combined with technology, as being crucial to instilling democratic transformation.
The reason I feel a lecture by you would be effective is that for me, in the US and on the Berkeley campus, I am not as encouraged as you are.
Even though there appears to be an interest in world events it feels as though it dies at the level of interest. I see a sense of apathy, or laziness, or powerlessness, name it whatever, but here, it is turned off as easily as it is turned on.We have no fear of our rights being taken as severely as in much of the world.
Your focus on the power of youth combined with technologies is timely and necessary and I feel this is what an American audience needs to hear now!
Not to discredit those students and young people who take the subject of Human Rights seriously, but there is a lack of focus or consensus on a large scale. The different organizations are running in different directions making there attempts at transformation less effective.
This is important to me because like you, although I am older, I have a young child. I fear for his future. I am ashamed this is happening on my watch.
Thank you for all you do.
I will find a way to contact your agent directly.
Solidarity in Peace and Human Rights,
Jeanie M Schumacher
Zenrider21 March 2011 at 4:45amPosts: 3547 (0 today)Status: offline
The bottom of the page has his official correspondence address. Easier to read if you highlight it. That would be a good place to start.
If you want to find some irony on how backwards we have gotten for human rights right her in America lately, Google Progressive Movement. You'd think a hundred years later, we wouldn't have to do that all over again?
Anyway, good luck with your studies.
JeanJeanie22 March 2011 at 4:57amPosts: 2 (0 today)Status: offline
Thank you for your help. I saw the address but was not sure where any correspondence would end up. I firmly believe that if change is to come, it will have to come from the western youth because it is our consumerism that feeds the global corporate machines.
We need to get beyond the sound bytes and short attention spans. We need to get beyond reality TV and television pundits spewing fear and focus on what IS important.
If you ask the masses what is important, the consensus would be for a world without want, a world without hunger, a world without fear and we should settle for nothing less!
The problem I see it that those who are activating, are activating are picking at a scab, when they need to deal with the cancer. Instead of marching the universities because of outrageous fees, march the capitol for irresponsible or misdirected spending.
Throw yourselves on the gears until they they can turn no more!!!