It has been Social Justice Week at our school this week. It finishes today with a lunchtime debate between students and staff. Many students and staff are part of a variety of small, and not so small, activities/actions. Be it collecting mobile phones to help protect the habitat of gorillas or collecting money for East Timor, from being part of Amnesty International or helping tutor (English/maths) young immigrants from non-English speaking countries, there are many ways to be invlovled in changing things for the better..
In keeping with the sentiments of social justice week I thought that I would share these videos from Playing for Change.
In 2006 I spent a number of days, while the Melbourne Commonwealth Games were on, in the parklands near the sports stadium. From early until well into the night, groups from all around the world played their music. All sorts of people sat on the grass and listened, the young or the older and those from all different ethnic backgrounds enjoyed the music. The atmosphere was amazing. Everyone was in a good mood and behaved well towards each other. The music was a powerful force for bringing out the best in everyone.
The Playing for Change movement is trying inspire people from around the world to come together through music.
The first is from the award-winning documentary, “Playing For Change: Peace Through Music”. It is the first of many “songs around the world” being released independently.
Featured is a cover of the Ben E. King classic by musicians around the world adding their part to the song as it travelled the globe.
I love the way they pull the music and groups from around the world together. Such a powerful message.
The second is another of their offerings. “Don’t Worry” is the follow up to the classic “Stand By Me”