Rooted in Peace

Hello Peacecology Friends,
The Parrots for Peace family are delighted that our friend Greg Reitman’s new film, Rooted in Peace, will be screened soon in both Los Angeles and New York City. Peace-nik, having just celebrated his fifth birthday at 9am on Nov 6th, appears in the film when he was just several months old and able to join his parents, Ms. Merlin and Mr. Baby on the many travels and adventures of the Parrots for Peace family. He was thrilled to be a peace ambassador representing the voice of nature with his parents as they regularly met people to actively engage in conversations and by their presence with their inspiring mission to help create a peace culture and join their voices and enthusiasm on behalf of peace, social justice, ecology and sustainability activities. The Parrots for Peace were shown briefly in the film walking over the Brooklyn Bridge with Greg Reitman on a rainy afternoon with hundreds of people who gathered as part of The World March for Peace and Nonviolence. The Parrots for Peace founder, Gloria Waslyn, is in the background scenes for several moments of footage of Pete Seeger ringing the Peace Bell at the United Nations on Spring Equinox for the annual Earth Day commemoration event co-ordinated by the Earth Day Foundation. The Parrots for Peace are also in a short clip of Pete Seeger and friends who regularly gathered at a Peace Pole in Wappingers Falls, which was planted and sponsored by the Parrots for Peace to replace a pole which went missing from a spot on the corner where the Parrots for Peace had previously co-sponsored a peace pole with organizer Chris Ruhe, a peace musician. The site, in Wappingers Falls, NY, at the intersection Routes 9 and 9D, is where on Saturdays from noon to 2pm, peace songs were sung to bring awareness to people driving by the busy road. The clip shows Greg speaking with Pete about the importance of standing for peace and also speaking with a group gathered on the opposite corner who advocate supporting the country’s strength in a show of nationalism.

We applaud Greg’s documentary of his personal exploration of peace, and how to be a force for change by integrating small and large decisions on an aware, conscious basis to be one more person in the building of a peace culture, even through personal care of health as peace is an inside out process. We wish him good luck in the Sundance Film selection process and with his upcoming screenings. Congratulations, Greg, on another thought-provoking film. I remember vividly first meeting you at a Green and Sustainability expo in NYC years ago when you spoke about your film Fuel and all the introductions into the peace culture and water awareness activists in NY with Phil Sauers of World Water Rescue Foundation, Paul Sladkus of Good News Broadcast, World Water Day celebrants from many United Nations NGOs, and Pete Seeger; I remember when you planted your first tree at a church yard in NYC with the Parrots for Peace being held by our nephew who is in your film as a hopeful carrier of the message to be Rooted in Peace as a tree is rooted in the earth.

We are delighted that Jonathan McHugh, Britta & Greg Reitman invited me to the Rooted in Peace screening on Wed., Nov 20, 2013 at 07:00 PM at the Laemmle Monica 4-Plex, 1332 2nd Street, Santa Monica, CA 90401; and to a private cast & crew screening in NYC on Wednesday December 4th from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. It will be at the SOHO House which holds 100 people.

Good luck to Greg and his wife Britta who worked alongside him and to Greg’s brother-in-law who was so helpful in the production. It has been a personal joy to be part of the shaping of the project from its earliest days and to watch the progress over these last four plus years.