Nederland’s Mountain Forum for Peace had its annual bread and soup meeting in the Best Western Lodge last Thursday, Nov. 15. The guest speaker for the evening was renowned David Barsamian, the creator of alternative radio and an advocate of peace and community.
He told the packed room: “Coming to Nederland is as important to me as speaking at a large metro venue. We know that small groups of people can accomplish anything and it is important that towns like this exist.”
Thirty years ago, Barsamian started KGNU and since then he has spoken out about the travesties the military, right wing and conservatives have wreaked on the country and the world. Often when he speaks he introduces the character that follows him around, a humorous satire on journalism.
“We deceive. You believe,” he invoked. “You watch our news or you will be watched. The rich people who took money from the public should be in jail, not getting $700,000 for talking.”
He said America is becoming an international robo cop, but it doesn’t provide food to the hungry. We have a ruling elite who exacts a price from all of us, he claimed.
“We cannot have both democracy and great pockets of wealth. We do not lead the world in art and music, but in weapons trafficking.”
Rachel Carson’s 50th anniversary of writing “The Silent Spring” is recognized by Barsamian as the best book of our time. In her honor, Barsamian said we should make peace with nature and make reparation to nature. This should be become a common cause of all people. Our young people will feel the impact of our failure to act.
He denigrated the message sent by corporations, which are dedicated to profit, not safety and not regulations. He said the public pays the way for private profit.
“There’s a werewolf hunger for profit and it is eating up the planet. We are in the cancer stage of capitalism, which is eating its host. Residents of Nederland live in the environment. Other people think that nature is a plant on the balcony.”
Barsamian applauds social security as the greatest poverty eradicator, that its one check a month that keeps many people from eating cat food.
Although Barsamian was preaching to the choir, members of the MFP nodded in agreement with what he had to say. The non-profit group is a constant advocate of peace. In August they held a vigil on the anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima. In September they had the annual meeting potluck at Chipeta Park with at least 40 people showing up.
Elected officers are Chairperson Dianne Fleming, Vice Chair Harv Mastali, Treasurer and Layout Editor Brent Warren, newsletter Editor Irene Pritsak, writing contest Chair Gail Watson and Secretary Virginia Unseld.
The soup was provided by a cadre of cooks who came up with a healthy, delicious variety of soups that warmed the tummy as well as the soul. The MFP welcomes those who wish to become part of this peace-loving group.