My Name is Lisa Kalvelage

Posted: November 18, 2016 in Call to Action, Music Series

Take a real listen to this song. It needs to be heard again in these dangerous times. The song is taken from a statement that Ms. Kalvelage made after she and other women was arrested for blocking a shipment of naplam during the Vietnam War.

Lisa Kalvelage is a German immigrant from Nuremberg who moved to the United States when she was 22, just after the Second World War. Upon her arrival, she was repeatedly asked what her parents, friends, and teachers had done to stop the atrocities of the Nazi regime. The questioning had an effect on her: when she began to see atrocities being committed again, this time during the Vietnam War, she took action. She and her friends engaged in civil disobedience to try to stop a shipment of napalm and to raise consciousness about the issue.

Her story inspired the folksinger Pete Seeger to write a song about her, and Ani DiFranco to sing a cover of that song.


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