The nation and the world are facing an extreme crisis. Inspired by movements demanding full racial justice, immediate action to reverse climate disaster, and a health care system equally accessible to all, we know how vitally important it is to vote Trump out of office and to support the election of the Biden-Harris ticket, the Squad in Congress, and progressive candidates across the country.
It was refreshing to see a presidential candidate begin his acceptance speech with reference to Ella Baker and go on to demand racial justice with the powerful image of a knee on our neck, to outline a plan to 'overcome' (with a clear reference to 'we shall') the pandemic, to support labor unions as the creator of the middle class, and to demand that the rich pay their fair share in taxes.
If democracy wins in November, the election is only a first step. It will take constant vigilance and persistent activism to make sure Joe Biden lives up to his words, and to protect a new progressive wave from the inevitable counterattack from the right.
Walkabout Statement on Black Lives Matter
Walkabout Clearwater declares as strongly and unequivocally as possible our outrage at the wanton killing of black persons and other people of color by police throughout our country. During his entire adult life of over seventy years, our founder and mentor Pete Seeger never shirked from taking a direct and active role in the struggle for racial equality and justice in America and beyond. Whenever he was with us, Pete stressed and demonstrated, on occasions far too numerous to recount, his fierce opposition to all forms of racism.
We urge all our friends and followers to become involved in whatever non-violent action they deem appropriate to end the carnage inflicted upon innocent, unarmed people of color by police. It has gone far beyond the outrageous, and the time has long passed that it be stopped once and for all.
Folk Musicians Need Help
As you are aware most folk musicians get a majority of their income from live performances. With the cancelation of our coffeehouse, as well as all other music venues, the performers have taken a real hit. Many performers have been making Youtube videos to keep everyone's spirits up. You can help by going to your favorite performers website and purchase their CDs, T-shirts, etc. Every bit will help as we all ride out this storm.
And keep in touch with frequent visits to our Facebook page. We'll be posting more information soon about the online version of the April 11 Phil Ochs Night that we're planning: Facebook link above.
Walkabout Statement: Who We Are And What We Stand For
Walkabout Statement After Fascist Violence in Charlottesville
The Walkabout Clearwater Chorus and Coffeehouse
November 28, 2016
"This is a deeply disappointing day for the United States, and the world. For people all over the country, the pain, anger, and fear at the prospect of a Trump Presidency are very real... That is why, as the saying goes, we will not mourn (for too long, anyway) - we will organize... And we stand in total solidarity with communities of color, Muslims, women and all those who may be threatened under a Trump Administration. They have an ally in the environmental movement. In the meantime, we will not be licking our wounds. Instead, we are preparing for the fights to come."
-- Michael Brune, Executive Director of the Sierra Club, November 9, 2016
"The election of Donald Trump has profoundly altered the landscape in which environmentalists work. While environmental issues weren't central to the campaign, President-elect Trump took positions during the campaign that were directly counter to ours - and contradicted by science. What didn't change last night is our commitment to fight for a cleaner, healthier world. Our resolve is unshaken... We will ferociously defend America's bedrock environmental protections."Walkabout Clearwater stands in solidarity with the Sierra Club, the Environmental Defense Fund, and all other organizations that pursue our common goals in this new, very dark period, with its vicious, sometimes violent assault on our core values.
-- Fred Krupp, President of the Environmental Defense Fund, November 9, 2016
The Bardavon Opera House, Poughkeepsie, NY, July 18, 2014