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Yoko Ono Keeps Pushing For Peace Around the Globe

October 6, 2012

Yoko Ono keeps pushing for peace around the globe with new projects and activism

Joanna Molloy – October 5, 2012
	John Lennon and his Yoko Ono in 1980. Lennon would have been 72 this year.Two days separate a pair of sad October anniversaries for Yoko Ono. On Sunday, the war in Afghanistan will hit an unthinkable 11-year-mark. And Tuesday would have been John Lennon’s 72nd birthday.

Both milestones fuel her unflagging activism and desire for harmony in the world. Ono and John’s first single was “Give Peace a Chance.” They turned their honeymoon in 1969 into a “Bed-In” protest against the Vietnam War.

“It’s terrible. I wish there would be peace,” Ono said of a recent American G.I. casualty that brought the U.S. death toll to 2000.

“We still have the Imagine Peace Project,” she noted, referring to giant messages promoting peace in dozens of languages which she mounted recently in Times Square and at the Olympics in London.

This week she’ll light a Peace Tower in Iceland. (To post a wish, go to imaginepeace.com.)

Last month in New York, Ono awarded the Lennon Ono Grant for Peace to members of Pussy Riot, the Russian women rockers jailed for performing an anti-Vladimir Putin song in a Moscow cathedral. She called for their immediate release.

“We had to do it,” the conceptual-art pioneer and dance-musician says. “We have to help them; we have to help each other.”

Ono presented the $50,000 prize to the husband and 4-year-old daughter of Pussy Riot beauty Nadezhda Tolokonnikova. The child hadn’t seen her mother in six months and had been making prison-escape drawings for her.

Ono had to like that. Lennon was constantly drawing, filling sketchbooks from his early days in the Beatles until his last days raising their adored son Sean.

Lady Gaga and the late writer Christopher Hitchens have also been announced as recipients of the award. Gaga will be given the award by Ono at a ceremony in Reykjavik, Iceland, on Tuesday.

On Friday at 130 Prince St. in SoHo, Yoko opened a daytime pop-up show of Lennon’s sketches and handwritten song sheets — including “Revolution” and “Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds” — that runs through tomorrow.

The pictures include his never-before-seen “Happy Life” and “Let’s Have a Dream” of the couple with Sean, who lately has been proving the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree. A musician and activist like his parents, Sean has been protesting hydrofracking, and he performed with Rufus Wainwright at Occupy Wall Street.

The pop-up exhibit is free; a two-buck donation is suggested, with every dollar going straight to Citymeals-on-Wheels.

“It’s very important to help now,” Ono urged, “because it’s a very difficult time now for a lot of people. We have to carry on, and I thought John’s birthday might highlight it a little.”

Asked what she thought John Lennon would have been like at age 72, Ono said, “I think he would be strong and healthy, like he was. He had an extremely good sense of humor. He was funny and he was extremely wise.

“I think he still would be.

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  1. October 6, 2012 6:23 pm

    Reblogged this on Ascension to 5D and Beyond.

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