This weeks submission is from Vestry Member, Peter Malagodi, a member of the music group, Melodeego, whose goal is to focus attention on social justice and environmental issues.
Recently, myself and my band Melodeego took part in a non-violent action protesting the building of the Keystone XL pipeline. The action was called “Funeral For Our Future” and the band was asked to compose a “funeral dirge” to fit this theme. After LONG discussions with my wife Nicole I decided that I wanted to be on the front lines of the action and Nicole thankfully supported this decision. There were around 100 people there varying in age from 18-70 but the majority of folks were college kids, including many of the organizers. Despite being one of the few “Gen X” folks there I was inspired by those younger than me and after countless rehearsals of the action we were very ready!
After a sleepless night we woke up early, dressed and black, and headed to the TransCanada office in Westborough. We very quickly mobilized and moved up the stairs to the 3rd floor of the building. I then got our first note from my cell phone, handed it to one of the organizers and we processed into office 2 X 2 singing together. The song seemed to unify the group and as a mock coffin stating “our future” was placed down in front of all of us we realized the seriousness of the moment and about how much we cared about each other and the future of our planet. Twenty-Five of us were put in handcuffs and brought to The Westborough Jail for Trespassing. I can still hear the song ringing through the TransCanada Office and then through the whole jail we were in.
“They are digging us a hole, they are digging us a hole
Six feet underground where the pipeline will go
We will lay down our bodies we will lay down our souls
No we won’t stand by and watch while they dig us a hole”
The reason I tell you this story is that much of the bravery I was able to muster was due to my upbringing here at Grace. I really learned here and still do what community means and I recognize it in the social and environmental movement I now see talking place. Keep the faith! “The Arc of the Moral Universe Is Long, but It Bends Toward Justice” – MLK