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  • About Us - History - Creating Compassionate, Safe, Respectful Environments - Operation Respect
    sunrise performance that would change my life Bethany had informed me that the preceding night a remarkable event had taken place at the campfires Notwithstanding the ironclad convention of having each song followed by the next person in the circle the near impossible had occurred unanimously the circle asked Steve Seskin to sing Don t Laugh at Me a second time History had been made and the word spread rapidly There we sat my beloved daughter a singer songwriter in her own right with her hand in mine tears running down our cheeks listening to a song that told our hearts stories recalling events that we had personally experienced or witnessed in the lives of others Since I have lived a life of social and political advocacy through music one in which I had seen songs like Blowin In the Wind If I Had a Hammer and We Shall Overcome become anthems that moved generations and helped solidify their commitment to efforts like the Civil Rights Movement and the Peace Movement I knew I had just discovered a song that could become an anthem of a movement to help children find their common sensitivity to the painful effects of disrespect

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