Posts Tagged ‘Inspiration’

Remembering Myles Horton

July 5, 2014

On July 5, 1905, Myles Horton was born in Savannah, Tennessee. He co-founded the Highlander Folk School, famous for its active participation in the civil rights movement.
Here is a great interview by Bill Moyers to Myles Horton. Check out Myles speak on education. His thoughts are vitamins to my soul. If you like Paulo Freire, you will love Myles Horton.

Happy 99th Birthday, Grace Lee Boggs!

June 27, 2014

Today is Grace Lee Boggs’ 99th birthday. She is a true American Revolutionary! Yesterday, I watched the documentary about her life and it was amazing! For those who haven’t seen it, I highly recommend it. Here is the trailer.

Here is Grace Lee sharing her words of wisdom on how we must transform our education system.

Happy 99th Birthday, Grace Lee! Thank you for all your work and for being an inspiration to many of us. You are truly a gift for humanity.

Kevin Durant’s Emotional and Inspiring Speech

May 6, 2014

Congratulations to KD for being the MVP. His acceptance speech brought tears to my eyes. Thank you for being real KD and sharing your story. Continue being the player and the person that you are. You are a MVP on and off the court in my books.
KD, Still Standing! To all of those who can relate to KD and have overcome obstacles in their lives, we are STILL STANDING!
This speech will be remembered as one of the greatest speeches ever. I GUARANTEE IT! Get ready to grab some tissue because it will make you cry.

For those who want to read more about KD’s MVP season, read this great article:

http://espn.go.com/nba/story/_/id/10890597/kevin-durant-oklahoma-city-thunder-wins-mvp-award-first

Mural en Honor a Salvador Allende

April 19, 2014

Remembering Amazing Women on International Women’s Day

March 8, 2014

For international women’s day, I want to remember 15 women who have inspired me one way or another through their activism, music, poetry, painting or spirituality. All of these women and countless more give me the source of inspiration and desire to continue planting seeds of hope and compassion in this chaotic world of ours.
In no particular order, here they are:

Comandanta Ramona

Suheir Hammad

Violeta Parra

Miriam Makeba

Mercedes Sosa

Wangari Maathai

Mother Teresa

Dorothy Day

Frida Kahlo

Anita Tijoux

Joan Baez

Las Jilguerillas

Julieta Venegas

Tracy Chapman

Sweet Honey in the Rock
(Song in honor of Ella Baker)

Aqui les dejo esta cancion de Dos Vientos De Voz Y Fuego que se llama Porque Esto Ya Comenzo. Esta cancion esta en el CD, EZLN: El Fuego y la Palabra en el disco de la Dignidad. Disfruten de esta rola.

The Hat Lot: Hats That Match

February 6, 2014

Couple weeks ago, I was driving by 120th and Avalon in South L.A. when I noticed a lot full of hats. I decided to stop by and check them out. I was impress how the hats were organized. I decided to ask the owners couple questions about how they started and I was blown away by their inspirational story.

3 years ago, Dana started selling hats on the fence since the lot inside was full of grass and it was not taken care of. Dana stated that Nora would always walk by the lot to go to the store and one day he decided to stop her and talk to her. Dana went on to say, “I use to call her Speedy because she would just walk by us and when I decided to stop her and talk to her, we have been together ever since.”

Dana and Nora developed a great relationship with the owner of the lot that Dana himself decided to clean the lot. One day Dana approach the owner with the idea of selling hats and his t-shirts inside the lot. The owner had so much respect for them that he agreed. With the help of the community they had a mural on the wall that read, “Hats That Match.” Dana and Nora have turned the empty lop into a very unique Hat store. A business that is respected in the community.

Dana and Nora got married on 12-12-12 and have been keeping their unique Mom and Pop Business going. They have people from out of state go visit them to buy some of their unique hats.

One thing that many customers won’t notice about Dana and Nora is that they are currently homeless sleeping in the house of Dana’s brother since October. It would be nice if the greater community can somehow come together and assist them in finding a permanent place to stay. Having a permanent place will not only allow them to have the peace of mind of having their own home but it will allow them to keep their focus on expanding their unique business. This is one of the thousands of stories that should be told in the news, LA TIMES, or covered by the media so that the greater Los Angeles community can be inspired by their amazing work and hopefully a kind soul will be able to assist them in finding their own place.

Here are the pictures of the amazing Hats that Match.

Dana and Nora talking about Hats That Match

Here is a client purchasing a hat

Remembering Pete Seeger: America’s Folk Legend

January 28, 2014

America lost a true legend last night in Pete Seeger. He was 94 years old and passed away peacefully in his sleep surrounded by his family members.

Pete’s music has been a big inspiration to me and to millions of people from around the world. He was a man with a great soul, someone who spoke truth to power and use his banjo as a weapon to sing about the injustices in the world. Pete was the Grandfather of the Social Justice Movement. He was the conscious that you would expect to see from an elder. A man with so much love to give that we were blessed to have him for 94 wonderful years of his life. A true American jewel whose legacy will never be forgotten.

To remember Pete, here is a great show put together by Amy Goodman. The whole team of Democracy Now did a great job of putting this together as we get to hear Pete talk about various issues as well as how he found out about his famous song, We Shall Overcome.

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/1/28/we_shall_overcome_remembering_folk_icon

Here are the obituaries from the L.A. Times and NY Times:
http://www.latimes.com/obituaries/la-me-pete-seeger-20140128,0,2122566,full.story#axzz2riP3knAA
http://www.nytimes.com/2014/01/29/arts/music/pete-seeger-songwriter-and-champion-of-folk-music-dies-at-94.html?_r=0

I like to remember him with my favorite Pete Seeger songs. Some songs are by Victor Jara that were inspired by Mr. Seeger. Enjoy:

Little Boxes in Spanish


Pete Seeger doing Justice to Jose Marti’s Poem

Remembering the Life of Dr. D

October 21, 2013

Today is Dr. D’s birthday. He would have been 65 years old today. Earlier this year was his 5 year death anniversary. For those who want to learn more about this amazing man, here is what I wrote back in February.
https://victorjara42.wordpress.com/2013/02/21/remembering-dr-ds-5th-year-death-anniversary/

Why I think Malala Yousafzai will win the 2013 Nobel Peace Prize

October 9, 2013

It was a year ago today that Malala, a 15 year old back then was shot in the head by the Taliban. This amazing Pakistani girl was advocating for girls to have equal access to education.

Her speedy recovery is truly a miracle. More importantly, Malala has used her life experience and has inspired millions of people throughout the world.

Tomorrow, the world will find out who is this year’s Nobel Peace Prize winner. I have a feeling that Malala will not only be the Nobel Peace winner but will also make history (or should I say herstory) as the youngest ever recipient to win the Nobel Peace Prize. She definitely deserves it.

Here is her amazing speech at the United Nations. Her speech gave me the chills.

Remembering Dr. Seuss

September 24, 2013

Today is the 22nd death anniversary of Dr. Seuss. He passed away at his home in La Jolla, CA from throat cancer.

Rather than writing a long post on Dr. Seuss, I will just add these two videos and include a link of some of his quotes.

Here are some of Dr. Seuss famous quotes:
http://www.goodreads.com/author/quotes/61105.Dr_Seuss