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The Significance of the 40th Anniversary of the Summer of Love

In San Francisco's Golden Gate Park on September 2, 2007, over 50,000 people gathered in celebration of the 40th Anniversary of the Summer of Love. The Summer of Love signifies the beginning of a spiritual awakening that continues to this day joining together social movements of peace and brotherhood that hold Hope for humanity's future.
Yesterday a group of us from Sacramento, California traveled to San Francisco, and Golden Gate Park's Speedway Meadow for a free concert and celebration of the 40th Anniversary of the Summer of Love. The entire Meadow was full of people; crowd-size estimates we heard were as high as 50,000. All age groups were represented. There were events "across the nation and around the world honoring the 'Summer of Love 40th' ... in Monterey, San Diego, Vancouver Canada, England, France, Germany, and the Czech Republic." See  http://2b1records.com/summeroflove40th/info.htm .

The corporate media - the San Francisco Chronicle - attempted to define the 40th Anniversary gathering in an article that appeared in their September 3rd edition. See:  http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2007/09/03/MNPVRU8JS.DTL . Chronicle staff writer Joel Selvin wrote that "the central thought of the day" was that we all long to be "back in the Summer of Love". He wrote that "the old hippies look a little worn" and that the "peace and love generation measures its march to seniority". He went on that "it was a hell of a long time ago and things have changed since then. It's amazing all that ever happened at all." [Sic]

Why would those who own and control the mainstream media want us to think that this 40th Anniversary gathering was essentially only an exercise in nostalgia?

There is a far more accurate description of the significance of the Summer of Love 40th Anniversary Day in San Francisco. It is found in the official Proclamation, signed by San Francisco's Mayor Gavin Newsom. See:  http://visual-reality.org/hair-summer-of-love/images/summer-proclamation.jpg . Excerpts:

"... the Summer of Love in San Francisco is internationally recognized as the birthplace of the 60's revolution that ignited a spiritual awakening that swept the world; and

... the Summer of Love was the beginning of a worldwide Pro-peace Movement, promoting the principles of love and freedom inspiring many movements to follow, such as Women's Liberation, Sexual Freedom, Environmentalism, and Spirituality; and

... the Summer of Love purveyed the concepts of peace, love and anti-war associated with San Francisco and the 60's generation and the principles from this culture spread nationally furthering the concepts of brotherhood and good will, ultimately helping to end the Vietnam War; and

... the Summer of Love stands for these principles: truth and individual freedom, freedom of expression, honoring those who refused to fight yet honoring those who did, creativity, love and respect for all things, honoring our planet by respecting mother earth, and our right to think independently ..."

The concepts and principles of the Summer of Love as described in the Proclamation will never go out of style; they are part of our essential humanity and our connection to the earth. The original Summer of Love signified in many ways a beginning. It was - and is - "a spiritual awakening", as the Proclamation states, and it is stronger now than it has ever been: 50,000 people were there in on September 2nd.

People of the earth continue in struggle against domination by the world's ruling elites; this has not changed since 1967. Most of us sense that the need for us to come together in brotherhood and good will is even greater now than it was then. The Summer of Love symbolizes a nexus - it is not about a bygone era, but the joining together today of all of the truth, justice and peace movements that hold Hope for humanity's future.

For photos at Speedway Meadow yesterday, see  link to www.sfgate.com