Sunday, April 6, 2008

Gandhi's Satygraha: social and climate change

On the AAUW trip April 5 to Tosca at Lincoln Center, we noted what appeared to be a home-made banner across the Metropolitan Opera House with fish, river, bare feet, an eco-system of Mahatma Gandhi's life-changing philosophy of Satyagraha. Now comes member Caroline Paulson's email with information about the city-wide event. I thought you would be interested in this:
April offers New Yorkers extraordinary opportunities to explore Gandhi's satyagraha or "truth force," and how Gandhi's ideas and example can transform today's environmental and social change movements. See below for the Garrison Institute's free public forum on Satyagraha and Climate Change April 13 at St. John the Divine, previewed in Sunday's New York Times
. Also below is information on a satyagraha march to Union Square today April 6, the anniversary of the Salt March or Salt Satyagraha, perhaps Gandhi's famous act of civil disobedience. It kicks off a month of satyagraha-themed events in New York. Tune into WNYC's Brian Lehrer Show Friday, April 4, 11 am for a discussion of satygraha, social change and climate change.As Philip Glass’s opera “Satyagraha” opens at the Metropolitan Opera, the Garrison Institute in cooperation with the Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine presents a free, public forum exploring Gandhi’s concept of satyagraha or “truth force,” its links with Thoreau’s civil disobedience, Emerson’s self-reliance, and Martin Luther King, Jr.’s agape, and the relevance of this thought lineage to our time. Satyagraha: Gandhi’s “truth force” in the Age of Climate ChangeA free public forum April 13, 2008 7:00pmat New York’s Cathedral Church of Saint John the DivineAmsterdam Avenue and 112th StreetPlease join us for a historic evening with:
Dr. A. T. Ariyaratne, founder of Sri Lanka’s Sarvodaya movement
John Francis, United Nations Environment Program Ambassador, founder of Planet Walk
Rajmohan Gandhi, Gandhi’s biographer and grandson

Philip Glass, performing excerpts of his opera, “Satyagraha”
Paul Hawken, author of Blessed Unrest
Odetta, singer/songwriter often called “the voice of the civil rights movement”
Billy Parish, founder of the Climate Campaign, co-founder/coordinator of the Energy Action Coalition
Sulak Sivaraksa, founder of the Thailand Spirit in Education Movement
Mary Evelyn Tucker, co-founder/co-director of the Forum on Religion and EcologyFor more information on the April 13 Satyagraha public forum, see No reservations necessary. Arrive early for best seats. Directions: tickets to Philip Glass’s opera “Satyagraha,” visit For other April satyagraha events in the NYC area, visit
The Garrison Institute
· Route 9D at Glenclyffe, Garrison, New York, 10524 · Tel. 845.424.4800 ·

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