Hello friends and readers. Have any of you ever listened to the band U2? I ask because they’re one of my all-time favorite bands. I find their music not only hauntingly beautiful but politically relevant.
“No war!” This was the rallying cry at many a U2 concert. The band has never been afraid of making a political statement with their music, and as one of the millions of concert-goers who loved them, that suited me just fine. Activism is at its most pure when it’s organic. And now, in our current times, millions are making it a priority to stand with Ukraine and show Putin their hatred of what he has done to them.
Let’s take a look at some of these beautiful protests and how people are demonstrating solidarity.
The protests in Russia have continued with thousands upon thousands of arrests. Reportedly, Russia is overwhelmed by the number of people arrested and overcrowded jails.
As a result of this overcrowding, many who have been arrested have to stand up through the night because there isn’t anywhere to sit. And yet the protests continue. People know the risks but they protest anyway because they want NO WAR.
Greenpeace activists have been very vocal in their peaceful protesting. At a recent rally in Germany, these activists painted “peace – not oil” on an oil tanker coming from a Russian port. And in Budapest, Hungary, hundreds gathered in Heroes Square and formed a “human peace sign” to show their love and solidarity. I could go on. The activism and love are never-ending.
There have been countless stories of cruelty, and there will be countless more. But we cannot forget stories like these that highlight the love, and the greatness of the world when we all come together.