Thirty-four years to the day (also a Saturday) since Live Aid, and I can’t help wondering…
When I came of age
we had satellites of love and global guitars
we had statements of conscience
we had the biggest and brightest coming together to take a stand
to fight poverty and famine
to protest against war
to demand equality
to insist upon our shared humanity
Elvis Costello sang an “old northern English folk song”
Thirty-four years have passed since that day—
the full-page ads in the New York Times
the satellite broadcasts
the focused effort
the global village
Where is our Band Aid?
Where is our “We Are the World”?
Where is our Live Aid?
Where is our “Sun City”?
Where is our Amnesty International Concert?
Where is our Concert for New York City?
Where is our Not in Our Name?
Where is our Live 8?
It’s 2019—what the fuck is going on?
(13 July 2019)
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