The gathering of the Tribes is a great success and we are just at the beginning of 2017.
The day started with sunshine after so many predictions of heavy rainfall.
I met up with the Merry Pranksters on Haight Street and drove out to the Polo Fields at noon, where our Tribe started to gather honoring January 14th, 1967.
We read poetry sang played various instruments including a trombone. We gathered in a circle each of us sharing. We spoke of peace, honoring each other. We spoke parallel to what Allen Cohen spoke via satellite in 2003 to Tokyo Japan’s Be-In:
“I extend my hand and heart to a new generation of
brothers and sisters across the Pacific.
We face the necessity in this decade of uniting
to overcome the old oil and nuclear regime
that is choking the throat of the subtle beauty of the world.
We need a worldwide movement to bring us
to a non-polluting alternative energy future
based on the awareness of all beings intertwined
in the alive wholeness of our planetary unity.
We must reach out to all the people of all
religions and races and exclude intolerance
and hatred from our social evolution.
The future of life on this planet depends
On a World At Peace – a world
that is capable of creative vision and
international economic and social equality.
Rise up, brothers and sisters we are
At the beginning of a great and necessary adventure
– Allen Cohen 2000
Ann Cohen is an artist and activist. She is the the former wife of Allen Cohen, one of the organizers of the Human Be-In. Allen Cohen died in 2004.