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18th September 2003

Preseli Hills, South Wales
Preseli Hills, South Wales         
 
Answering the Call...

Dear Friends -

My last message, written in early June, began: "Just a quick note... I will write a blow-by-blow on this page in the near future..." Hmmm...

Now it's the middle of September and I find myself gearing up to go back to Glastonbury and Cym Gawr in early October! While I'm there, I will travel to the Outer Hebrides Islands in Scotland to visit the Callanish Stones and Iona.

Cym Gawr Stones, near Rosebush
Cym Gawr Stones, near Rosebush
 
There is so much I don't know about this journey I am on. But I do have a reference point which gives me some sense of solid ground in the midst.

I remember well being called to write music on purpose when I was in my 20s. The Call was so strong I couldn't do anything else. I simply had to quit teaching junior high school and compose and sing about women - about being an independent woman, about loving women. Everything in my life organized itself around this Call - once I answered it - for the next eleven years.

On the road to Cym Gawr
On the road to Cym Gawr       
 
Those of you who know my music and have followed my work know that my activism has always flowed from an intuitive and inclusive progressive feminist point of view. Each of those descriptors is packed with meaning for me. Intuitive. Inclusive. Progressive. Feminist. But if I had to choose one word that informs all the others, it would be "intuitive."

I feel deeply fortunate to know what I'm supposed to be doing most of the time. And when I don't, I usually have a sense that I'm going in the right direction even when I'm in the dark.

The Tor, Glastonbury, England
  The Tor, Glastonbury, England
 
This is the context for my return trip to the UK. I have no idea why I'm being called to this particular location on the planet, but I know I'm supposed to go. I have no idea what is there for me but I know I'm supposed to go.

This page is filled with images of landscape I will be inhabiting. I share it with you because it is the landscape itself that has called me so strongly - that has inhabited me in some strange and wonderful way so that finally... I can't do anything but put myself in it.

On the path-
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Avalon
Avalon       


June 9th 2003

Avalon, Stones and Community-building...

Margie in a swoon with standing stones at Cym Gawr Farm near Crymych, South Wales
Margie in a swoon with standing stones.
Cym Gawr Farm near Crymych, South Wales
Dear Friends -

Just a quick note to say I have been in Europe for the last month and I have quite a set of experiences to report - with photographs! I went to Chartres to walk the 13th century labyrinth there as I did last year. The real news is that I also took the opportunity while overseas, to travel to Glastonbury, UK (Avalon to some...) and Southwest Wales where I actually found the stones that are featured on the cover of my latest CD, Avalon.

I will write a blow-by-blow on this page in the near future, but for now, I want to post three sites that are giving me comfort during this difficult political climate. I find myself really struggling to stay connected. The news about domestic and world events seems so horrific in so many ways for anyone committed to peace and justice, it's hard to watch, to listen. And yet, I know I need to do whatever is necessary to stay awake.

Margie in a swoon with standing stones at Cym Gawr Farm near Crymych, South Wales

The third site is www.MoveOn.org. Here's how they describe themselves: "MoveOn.org is a catalyst for a new kind of grassroots involvement, supporting busy but concerned citizens in finding their political voice. Our international network of more than 2,000,000 online activists is one of the most effective and responsive outlets for democratic participation available today."

If you are looking for a face-to-face community-building experience that is inspiring and energizing, I invite you to attend one of the Community Labyrinth Peace Walks - sponsored by the East Bay (as in Northern California, USA) Labyrinth Project, a newly formed group committed to installing an 11-circuit labyrinth in a public and accessible site in Berkeley, California. Click here (Concerts Page) for more information. I'll be there.

Onward and Outward!
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I offer you three website URLs that I find inspiring and energizing: www.alternet.org, www.commondreams.org and www.MoveOn.org.

The first two sites are gathering points for alternative news coverage as well as progressive commentary and analysis. Many writers I admire - Katha Pollit, Arundhati Roy, Paul Krugman, Barbara Ehrenreich, Deb Price, Frank Rich, Howard Zinn, Susan Sontag to name a few - and whose writings I have posted on my Personal Is Political Page, are regularly featured on these websites.

Margie in a swoon with standing stones at Cym Gawr Farm near Crymych, South Wales

March 22nd, 2003
Hopes and Dreams

Dear friends - I can think of no better way to communicate how strongly I feel about holding on to the solid ground of hope and the dream of global reconciliation than to share this poem. I am reading this out loud whenever I get a chance.
For Peace-

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Wage Peace
by Judyth Hill,
September 11, 2001

Wage Peace with your breath.
Breathe in firemen and rubble.
Breathe out whole buildings and flocks of red-wing blackbirds.
Breathe in terrorists
Breathe out sleeping children and fresh mown fields.
Breathe in confusion and breathe out maple trees.
Breathe in the fallen and breathe out life long relationships intact.
Wage peace with our listening: hearing sirens, pray loud.
Remember your tools: flower seeds, clothing pins, clean rivers.
Make soup.
Play music; learn the word "thank you" in 3 languages.
Learn to knit: make a hat.
Think of chaos as dancing raspberries.
Imagine grief
as the outbreak of beauty or gesture of fish.
Swim for the other side.
Wage peace.
Never has the word seemed so fresh and precious.
Have a cup of tea and rejoice.
Act as if armistice has already arrived.
Celebrate today.

-- Judyth Hill is a stand-up poet and teacher of poetry, living in amazing beauty, where the Rockies meet the Plains, in Northern New Mexico. Her six published books of poetry include Presence of Angels, Men Need Space, and her collection of poems of her land, Black Hollyhock, First Light, from La Alameda Press.

© 2002 by Nuclear Age Peace Foundation. Reproduction encouraged. Please acknowledge source and provide Foundation contact information in all copies. www.wagingpeace.org



February 17, 2003

Responses to my recent email

peace symbol

Regardless of the mainstream media blaring news of the inevitability of war, people all over the world are coming up with creative and heartfelt ways to make their opposition heard. Here are a few responses to the email letter (see below) that I sent out recently.

Thanks for the Spark. Putting all the sparks together can make a very bright light... Here is another website you may be interested to visit and include in your resources: www.truemajority.org.
Carol
Michigan


An addition to your great list of web sites: www.poetsagainstthewar.org -- started in response to the Mrs. Bush's cancelling a celebration of the poets Emily Dickinson, Langston Hughes, Walt Whitman (I guess no one told Laura Bush they were all queer) when the live poets invited started to show anti-war sentiment (who could guess that poets would be anti-war?) -- now it has over 2000 poems for peace....

Elana
California


We walked our labyrinth on February 9th to join in the prayer for peace and also sent our rice to George - I agree that every act counts.

Marge
New Mexico


I'll be here at the Antarctica's Peace Rally, Sunday 1:30pm at the McMurdo Sea Ice Transition.

Anne
Antarctica


I sent lentils instead of rice.

Here we are on the street. Pre-emptive Peace Vigil "Women In Black Stand for Peace", reads our banner. Women vigil every Wednesday at 4:30 on Gulfport Blvd in order to maintain a visible presence against WAR. Women in Black stand in solidarity with women all over the planet in their desire for those in power to find alternatives to violence to solve political problems. Women in Black Is an international network of women who oppose every form of violence: war, terrorism, fundamentalism and the violation of human rights. Most of the women pictured here are Gulfport, Florida residents. We engage in grassroots diplomacy and the participation of women in negotiations. We build links with women in areas of conflict and all those who work for a future free of war, violence and poverty. We invite all women to join us.

I will carry that women energy with me knowing that you are in the street as well.

Edie
Florida
(I also march with Women In Black. I find walking in silence with many women (and women-loving men in our group) dressed entirely in black very powerful.)


Thanks for such valuable information, and thanks for your untiring activism, so important at times like these.

Sherron
California


Please take time to read Senator Byrd's speech on 2/12 and pass it on to others. www.commondreams.org/views03/0212-07.htm

Ginny
Virginia


Thanks for you encouraging message. Glad to hear from you. I also sent rice and did the Spoonbenders exercises which has made a difference for me personally as well.

Mimi
Missouri


Thank you for your email with the website addresses. A contingent from this UU congregation will be going to the Civic Center right after church. (And I did say a prayer for peace from the pulpit on 2/9). I'll be there in spirit with them, and with you and everyone else who keeps saying that there are other ways beside war to solve world problems.

Marcia Olsen, Interim Minister
Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Redwood City, CA


Thank you for your sparks. We'll be in NYC on Saturday, February 15.

Marsha & Kath
New York


Hope seems a slender thread to pin the future to, but your message reminds me of how immense -- limitless -- hope can be, especially when it is shared by so many. Here's hoping that the hopeful can prevail.

Marty


Thanks Margie. We'll be marching in Sacramento on the 15th.

Lisa
California


I am sending this on to a number of sisters who are weary of the "march to war". We will not go quietly, in fact we will not go at all!

Catherine
Oregon


so glad to hear from you that you, too, have mailed your rice, had your "prayerful/intentioned" moment(s), and will continue to march/rally with the rest of us who refuse to sit passively by while our world is charging toward ireevocable and devastating change... thank you for writing your message and including me...sometimes i feel alone in my endeavors to spark hope. keep the light going!

Janet
California


Thanks for continuing to spread the belief in peace and justice for everyone on this planet. My desktop screen is now your " Envision peace on earth, and security for all". I love the peace sign over the earth. Thanks, and I hope it's o.k. with you that I cut and pasted it onto my screen.

We are entering a new phase of human development on this planet. We've botched it up long enough. It's time to move into heaven on earth. It's a collective choice we're making.

Kathy
California
(Please feel free to drag and drop that image. It is copyrighted by Lucilledesign and TheAvalonProject)


Here in Indianapolis, in we are having regular marches for peace. The group is an interesting mix of humans ages 2-92, women and men with and without children, long hair to no hair, gay, lesbian and straight. Marching and listening to speakers together. Many signs. Oh ... And lots of snow this year! We will be marching again this coming Sat, 2-15-03 in downtown Indy.

Sarah and Rita
Indiana


Thank you Margie, for starting so many brushfires in your time!

Audrey
California
(My favorite thing!)


February 11, 2003

Each Peace Action Is a Spark of Hope!

peace symbol Dear Friends - A month ago I began to get messages about an international prayer for peace to be shared by millions of people simultaneously February 9. I deleted every message without really reading it - until yesterday. Then I read it. Sunday, February 9, I observed a moment of focused intention.

I have received countless messages regarding the "Rice for Peace" action. I deleted each message with a smile. Not my thing, I said to myself. I have just put a half cup of rice in a bubble pak to send to President Bush.

I guess I'm feeling desperate. At the same time, I am aware that these actions are sparks of hope. Each email that came into my home was a spark sent by someone who felt hopeful enough to make the effort.

It's time to honor these sparks of hope and share them with others.

For example: yesterday afternoon I was in Twain-Harte, a small town in Northeast California- population100. Down the street came a crowd of 20 people, old and young, with peace signs, passing out flyers for the February 15-16 peace marches. We honked and waved which gave the marchers a noticable lift in energy.

Here are a few websites which represent many groups who are generating significant sparks of hope by their efforts and activities.

www.unitedforpeace.org - This site has international and national listings for the February 15-16 peace demonstrations as well as other related activities.

www.citiesforpeace.org - 72 cites and counties (as well as the Maine Sentate and Hawaii House of Representatives) have passed resolutions against U.S. war on Iraq. See the list!

www.codepink.org - This site describes actions and events created by women.

www.moveon.org - Over 750,000 people have joined this on-line network to participate in one of the most effective and responsive outlets for democratic participation available today.

www.notinourname.net - The Not In Our Name Project is working with other anti-war organizations to form an Emergency Response Network. This network will call for a day of protest and non-compliance with the war when it becomes clear that war is imminent.

Please take your belief in peace and justice into the street where people can see it. I hope to see some of you among the hundreds of thousands of people who will be creating sparks of hope February 16 in San Francisco.

On the path -

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January 7, 2003

peace symbol Two Things We Can Do To Claim Solid Ground For Peace

Happy New Year! And let's cut to the chase. Everyone I run into these days is asking: What can we do to stop the incessant reinforcing of the inevitability of war?

Wherever we are, whatever our situation - now is the time for peace-loving people to come together - drawing strength and inspiration from the combined energy we generate when we share a common intention. I know of two events that are happening very soon that are opportunities to do just this.

January 18, 2003 - Nation-Wide Peace Rallies
Hundreds of thousands of people are expected to join together on the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday weekend to participate in anti-war demonstrations and reaffirm Dr. King's legacy of organizing against war and injustice.

People will gather in towns and cities all over the United States to make visible our resistence to the proposed war on Iraq. Massive rallies are planned in Washington, DC and San Francisco, CA. Visit www.unitedforpeace.org to find out about a rally near where you live.

I'll be at San Francisco's Justin Hermann Plaza at 11 am with the East Bay Women in Black group. I hope to see you there. If we see each other, let me know if you saw this page.

labyrinth January 19, 2003 - Community Labyrinth Peace Walk
I find myself standing with a growing number of people who have found that walking the labyrinth, individually and in community, is one powerful way to ground and focus our healing, peace and justice work in the world.

On Sunday, January 19, 3pm-6pm, several friends and I are inviting everyone to come to a Community Labyrinth Peace Walk at the Montclair Women's Cultural Arts Club in Oakland, CA. I will present a short history of the labyrinth along with basic information about this ancient walking meditation tool ie. it is not a maze with deadends. It is a single path leading to the center and out again. I will also share some thoughts about how the labyrinth is a uniquely effective community-building tool for people committed to healing, peace and justice.

The presentation will be followed by a candle-lit labyrinth walk accompanied by music. After the walk, all are welcome to reconvene to share reactions and responses.

We invite you to join us at this free event which is being made possible by the efforts and energies of Boo Price, Nina Ham, Beth Zeitman, Melanie DeMore, Dixie Horning and Rebekah Barnett.

Directions to Montclair Women's Cultural Arts Club:
Take Highway 13 toward Oakland. Exit Moraga Ave./Thornhill Road. Turn left at first stop light (Thornhill). Next corner is Mountain Blvd. The Club is on the corner.

I hope to see you at one or both these events. The most powerful thing we each can do right now is to be visible and raise our voices in the cause of peace and justice.

One final note... here's a true sign of hope. Click on www.citiesforpeace.org to see a growing list of towns and cities who have come out formally against the war.

I send you all strength for the journey -

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7 November 2002

Raising Our Voices for Peace


Here are some of the messages people have sent in response to my email note...       (We will continue to post interesting responses as they come in.)

Thanks for your stand against war and hate. In Oxford we start regular vigils for peace every wednesday at noon in the town park. The idea of women in black...

love and peace to you,
  Josette
Ps. Even though I am greatly saddened by the election results I try not to let the "elephant turkeys" get me down.


Thanks for doing this. You're message will mobilize many people that may not have taken any, some or all of those steps!
  Jessie


This email is great. My sister is representing us with some friends in San Francisco and we will be at the candlelight vigil, smaller but nevertheless a good thing, here in Los Angeles.

The demo here two weeks agao, though organized by fringies, nevertheless was fantastic -- over 10,000 people, lots new, totally diverse, multigenerational, families, queers, EVERYONE....

I believe this war is so insane that most people are opposed to it and many of us will draw a big fat line in the sand.
  Torie


I read your e-mail not knowing who Paul Wellstone was. Many more of us know now. Same day I heard of him, he died. Coincidences are very weird sometimes.

There is an event in the works here in Lansing similar to one many faith groups sponsored on Afghanistan with folks from Iraq who are in this area. We are lucky to have lots of choices to be active in peace work with others.

Thanks for your e-mail and for reminding us all that each voice counts.
  Terry


Thanks for this. We have a daily prayer vigil going from our Unitarian Church. And you know what, it's working.

With every day that passes, the forces of Peace grow stronger. The Hawks are being held down throughout the world by conscious folks who know that to unleash the hounds of war at this time would cause a world wide eruption of violence, that we may never see the end of.

Thank you so much for your huge heart!
  Catherine


Thanx for all your outreach efforts, Margie. You are truly a gift in many ways. Remember the Peace Corp? I know the colleges still have ROTC. Do you think the idea of a Peacekeepers ROTC/type program would be doable? Young people are such a great resource, it's such a shame to train them only for waging war.
  Ruth


Thank you for your pro-active account. I'm glad to get this message and the information.
  Joanne


I thought these were all great ideas. I have already done most of the things you suggested, but I was glad to get your letter anyway. The media is so "pliant" that it is sometimes hard to remember that there are so many people who share my opposition to the war in Iraq and to most of Bush's other policies. Thanks for taking the time to write.
  Best Wishes, Martha


Right On Marg! We all have been needing something JUST LIKE THIS!! I'm sending this on.
  Thanks....Judy


Thanks for your courage, Margie! I'll look for you on Saturday, but, hopefully, there will be too many thousands of people to find anyone!

I called the White House, too; voted absentee this week; and gave $250 to Paul Wellstone's campaign when he was here in September. Great suggestions!
  Best wishes, Paul


Thank you for speaking out and providing information for people to speak up against going to war. My friends and neighbors in the northwest corner of Connecticut are renting a bus to go to the protest in Washington DC on Saturday. I enjoy your music and I wanted you to know that your call to action is being heard.
  Elaine


Dear Neville Chamberlin Adam, Please remove my name from your mailing list! Your naive pacifism is pathetic - uninformed and naive. If Hitler had been removed before he got to invade other countries and start WWII - millions would be alive. Today's situation is similar. There were people with your attitude then and there are people like that now - unfortunately.
  Trudy


Here are some notes from our local peace group. We look for things that "regular" people can do.
  Ann

1. Make Peace an issue at all levels in the election. Tell candidates you won't vote for them unless they oppose war. Attend debates and forums and ask questions.
2. Write letters to the editor. Glenda, Diana and Ann will write the first letters. Others will respond to those letters. The goal is to make it appear that lots of people are opposed to the war. Dayton Daily, Troy Daily, Women's paper, Advocate. Let the group know when you write or see a letter in the paper.
3.Use peace symbols...dove and 0 in lots of ways. Tattoos, yard signs, bumper stickers, lawn ornaments, etc.
4. Participate in the dove ribbon campaign. Wings of the Dove Campaign; PO Box 1051; Troy, OH 45373.
5. Visit Congressman Boehner's office and register your opposition to war every time you are in town.
6. Go as a large group to Congressman Boehner's office when he or his staff are having office days. Bring everybody you know along.
7. Write a letter to your family and friends telling them about how you feel about peace and ask them to join you in opposing war.
8. Inform every teen and young adult you know that there is serious consideration of reinstating the draft.
9. Begin thinking about how we can help draft resisters. More on this in future meetings
10. Inform people about the PATRIOT act and the Homeland Security act and how they are eroding our civil liberties. Read Nancy Chang's book "Silencing Political Dissent".
11. Participate in non-violent protest. Read Walter Wink's "The Powers That Be".
12. Try to find a very well know spokesperson to carry the message.
13. Insert a short blurb in your church, mosque, temple, synagogue or coven bulletin. Ask people to join us.
14. Take the Iraq Peace pledge and give it to everyone you know.
www.peacepledge.org.
15. Sign up with "Not In Our Name." www.notinourname.net.
16. Keep the bigger picture for peace in mind while focusing our immediate energy on Iraq.
17. Support humanitarian efforts in Afghanistan, Iraq, Palestine, Israel, etc.


Thanks very much. I went back to music school and I'm too busy to pee, but thanks for reminding me there are more important things than midterms. I'll try to take some action.
  Ruth


Brava! this is a great call for action!
  Renate


Onward and Outward!

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27th September 2002

Raising Our Voices for Peace
Earth Peace Dear Friends - Many of us are trying to figure out how best to resist the deafening drumbeat for war coming out of the Bush administration and amplified by a pliant media.

And now we must contend with a new and devastating development - Sen. Paul Wellstone's death in a plane crash - and the increasing possibility that the radically conservative republican administration may control the House of Representatives and the Senate after the November 5 elections.

Here are actions I am taking that make me feel less powerless, less disconnected and hopeless. Please do what you can, where you can.

STAND TOGETHER IN COMMUNITY
Anti-war demonstrations occurred Oct. 26 in many places around the world. I felt such incredible waves of hope and excitement standing in a sea of peace-loving people in San Francisco. Like surges of electricity, huge cheers moved through the crowd from one end of the march to the other- energizing each one of us who raised her voice to join the massive soundwave. For those of us who are eager to stay connected with the positive energy we felt at those rallies, and for those of us who were motivated to get active by seeing coverage of these events, here are websites that provide excellent information about how to stay/get plugged in.

Check out the following sites for more information on world-wide peace events.
    www.unitedforpeace.org
    www.internationalANSWER.org

CALL THE WHITE HOUSE
I have called to White House - 202.456.1111 - and expressed my opposition to the United States making war on Iraq. It was a very easy procedure: a friendly operator on the other end simply registered my opinion. The line is often busy but keep trying. The line is open from 9-5 Monday through Friday. Please join me in making this call.

VOTE!
November 5 we have an opportunity to vote for men and women who are committed to peace and reconciliation rahter than war-making. Please be sure to get to the polls and remind your friends.

PUT YOUR MONEY WHERE THE MOVEMENT IS
I have made political contributions to Sen. Paul Wellstone and Rep. Barbara Lee among others. If you have financial resources, please consider directing a portion of them to senatorial and congressional candidates who are at risk because of their opposition to the war, particularly Senator Jean Carnahan of Missouri and Senate candidate Jeanne Shaheen of New Hampshire.

Thank you for considering any of these actions as well as for doing what you are already doing for peace and justice at this critical moment in our human history.

With all my heart,
Margie


Onward and Outward!

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27th September 2002
Me and Minnie Yes, It's That Time Again... Disneyland!

You know, things are just too serious not to have fun on a regular basis. Going to Disneyland is like using a giant roto-rooter on my heart. I love watching children - eyes wide, jaws dropped to the ground - stunned by the simple proximity of this huge dog, Pluto waving "Hello!" There are the high-speed thrill rides... particularly a new one called "California Screamin'" that seized me and made me ride it four times. The beginning of the ride features a catapult that rockets passengers in little cars 60 miles an hour in about three seconds, up an incline and then over and around and through twists and turns - a spiral where you're upside-down, and on and on. Lovely. I felt completely relaxed when I climbed out of the car. Wobbly, but relaxed.


Kerry Lobel and MA rocketing...
And then there was Minnie. She had just flown in from Florida when we ran into each other. What a Gal!

I wish for each of us as much joy and delight as possible even as we commit ourselves to doing whatever we can every day to resist the state-sponsored war on our civil liberties and on the peoples of the Middle East.

Onward and Outward!

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25th July 2002
Listening to a thousand women sing Seeing Is Believing...
Listening to a thousand women sing "Seeing Is Believing..."
"Life Is What Happens When We're Busy Making Plans..."

It seems like only yesterday I was standing in my living room with Rep. Barbara Lee, raising $$ for her successful primary campaign. This week I found myself at a gathering in San Francisco listening to Vermont Gov. Howard Dean. You remember him - he's the one who courageously backed "civil unions" in his state. It seems he's decided to run for President of the United States and intends to bring his progressive, pro-choice point of view to the national stage. These are two political campaigns that are giving me hope in at a very dark time in America.

At the same time, I have had many adventures since last I wrote, so that I've actually had little time to reflect and report them here. Where to start? Well, first take a deep breath, Marg.

Hmmm.... Should I tell them this joke ore not...?
Hmmm.... Should I tell them that joke or not...?
Here are a couple of photos from the recent National Women's Music Festival in Muncie, Indiana. I attended the very first National Women's Music Festival in 1974 and each return visit since then has been just as inspiring and energizing. I had such a great time this year, listening to women from all over the country sharing their versions of Women's Music: all genres, all attitudes, all women writing and performing in the key of LIFE! The production values (lights, sound, stage management) were excellent. Had I not spilled a whole bottle of water over my cellphone at the soundcheck, my festival experience would have been perfect. This festival, which has launched so many women artists' careers in the alternative music scene, continues to be a valuable breeding ground for new generations of strong young women in music as well as a showcase for the best of women's music as it exists today. Many thanks to the women who have held it together year after year against all odds.

Undoubtedly the most remarkable thing that has happened in my world has been my growing involvement with the labyrinth. As the result of a simple act of gratitude, I have begun to work with this extraordinary entity, both as a musician as well as a facilitator. I will write more about this soon...

Onward and Outward!

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March 29th 2002
Barbara Lee event raises Big $$

Barbara Lee, Margie and Lily Tomlin's check
I couldn't help myself.
I had to have Lily's check blown up so I could present it to Rep. Lee just like in the movies!
We did an extraordinary thing. As Rep. Barbara Lee sailed to a primary election victory (with a huge amount of room to spare!) the Feb. 3 fund-raiser passed the $22,000 mark. From my point of view, I think this qualifies as serious money! These funds came from hundreds of contributors from all over the United States who answered the call to support this remarkable leader and her commitment to peace and justice.

Certainly, this effort succeeded because a gang of multi-talented co-hosts joined me in putting their shoulders to the wheel. They included Lily Tomlin, Jewelle Gomez, Danielle Donovan, Barbara Brust, Diane Sabin, Boo Price, Susan Brennan, Deborah Drysdale, Tracy Gary, Barbara Scott, Léonie Walker, Kate O'Hanlan and Dorothy Abbott.

We all know the next part of Congresswoman Lee's campaign, as she faces Republican opposition, will be much harder. That's why the fund-raising effort was crucial for generating "early money" support and enthusiasm inside and around her campaign.
Barbara Lee, Margie and Lily Tomlin's check
Left to right, co-hosts included Dorothy Abbott, Diane Sabin, Jewelle Gomez, Barbara Scott, Barbara Brust, Deborah Drysdale, Kate O'Hanlon, Léonie Walker, Congresswoman Barbara Lee, Margie, Danielle Donovan, Amanda Piasecki, Susan Brennan, Barbara Price. Here in spirit: Lily Tomlin and Tracy Gary.

Besides raising "serious money" for Rep. Lee, I did have another agenda - maybe a better word is "wish." I wished she would experience what it feels like when women get together as a community to celebrate and support each other's work - at events for our organizations, at fund-raising receptions and the like. I hoped our event would infuse her with women-loving energy and spirit.

Barbara Lee, Barbara Brust
Barbara Brust presents Rep. Lee with an envelope filled with contributions from 32 cities across the United States. It was Barbara's idea to take our fund-raiser on-line.
My deepest joy is that the women who gathered to honor Congresswoman Lee showed and shared just that energy and spirit with her and she recognized it. When she walked into my house, the room erupted in spontaneous cheering that nearly lifted the roof off.

When I saw Rep. Lee at a recent event, she went on and on about how exceptional our event was. Then she took me aside and told me quite pointedly that I should let her know if there was anything she could do to support the work we are engaged in as feminists. "I'll be there," she said. And I believe her. Because when the chips were down and every other so-called progressive politician took cover, Barbara Lee was there - standing... holding a place for the principled dissent and vibrant progressive feminism.

Barbara Lee For all of your who sent checks in, thank you for joining me in this grassroots fund-raising effort to support a truly courageous and patriotic woman - Rep. Barbara Lee.

Onward and Outward!

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Photography: Joan Bobkoff

24th February 2002
Look what we did!

We raised over $20,000 on February 3 at a remarkable gathering of women from all over Northern California. I will have photos, a final talley and a few thoughts to share very soon.

Suffice to say, one of the most thrilling moments of the day was introducing Congresswoman Lee to a room full of enthusiastic supporters who nearly lifted the roof off my house with their cheers. Another powerful moment came when Barbara Brust (my website designer and grassroots fund-raiser) presented Rep. Lee with an envelope full of contributions from women all over the country.

If you would like to be part of this fund-raising effort for a truly courageous woman's political campaign, please drop me a note and include your contribution payable to "Barbara Lee for Congress." Include on the memo line "Margie Adam."

Send contributions to:

Margie Adam
Pleiades Records
PO Box 7217
Berkeley, CA 94707

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28th January 2002
We Can Do This!

Barbara Lee Speaks for me
Well...I don't know about you, but I'm glad to be in 2002. Fresh energy, fresh ideas. And here is one idea that moved immediately to action for me.

I went to a fund-raiser for Rep. Barbara Lee, the courageous congresswoman who cast the lone vote September 14 against giving President Bush extended war powers. As I watched and listened to her throughout the event, I thought to myself: This woman is the Real Deal. She is a warrior for peace and justice, a voice for all who believe in a compassionate patriotism. Read Rep. Lee's own words, "Why I voted against war."

I decided on the spot to have a fund-raiser for her in my home - the first ever for me. What motivated me was the simple fact that there weren't twenty voices raised on September 14th against blind vengeance and retaliation, but only one. That voice was Barbara Lee's. She has now been targeted for defeat and they are coming after her. I feel compelled to do what I can to support her even as she has upheld core feminist values. Click here to read more about her stands on issues and legislation.

The fundraiser will take place on February 3 (Sunday), in Berkeley, CA, from 3-5 pm. Because waging peace takes money as well as principles, I am inviting every single person who reads this message to join me in contributing to her campaign. Consider what her voice in Congress is worth to you, to the values you hold close.

I understand that most reading this message will either not be able to attend because of distance or because the suggested minimum $100 contribution is not possible at this time. The Radical Right has taught us that raising Big Money happens in $5s and $10s as well as $100s and $1000s. I invite you to contribute something, anything - $5, $10 or more - to Representative Lee's re-election campaign. I would be thrilled to deliver an envelope full of checks from folks around the country that support her actions and her voice.

If you would like to be part of this grassroots action, please email me back with the amount you are willing contribute and I will keep a tally. I encourage you to organize among your friends and invite them to contribute to her campaign as well.

Make checks out to: "Barbara Lee for Congress" and include in memo: "Margie Adam"
Send them to:

Margie Adam
Pleiades Records
PO Box 7217
Berkeley, CA 94707
We can do this. This is 2002, a new year, a new set of possibilities. We can do this!

You can contact me directly at: info@margieadam.com


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