Photos from Love Song for Susan Blake: A Life Celebration

January 21, 2008 at 11:17 am 2 comments

Text and more photos here.  Video of Jorge Renderos here.

Edith Jason, a long time PeaceSmiths supporter

Edith Jason, holding program with Gary Ivan’s artwork of Susan on her bicycle.

Nancy Jane Blake speaks with Bill Prop of Radio Unnameable/WBAI

Nancy Jane Blake speaks with Bill Prop of Radio Unnameable/WBAI

Janet and Ron Thomson look on

Janet and Ron Thomson of Amityville, look on at the life celebration event.

Bob Campbell performs

Bob Campbell performs the song Sonny Meadows wrote for Susan Blake and PeaceSmiths: “Last Church on the Left.”

Card created by artist Frank Aurelio, presented to Nancy Jane Blake

Image for card created by PeaceSmiths artist Frank Aurelio. Signed by celebrants at
the life celebration event and presented to Nancy Jane Blake, Susan’s sister.
Wendy Dann and Kimberly Wilder

Wendy Dann of Healthy Planet and Kimberly Wilder.

PeaceSmiths board members Margie Carr and Dori Gloria

PeaceSmiths board members Margie Carr and Dori Gloria look on at Love Song for Susan Blake.

Ahmad Ali of WBAI and PeaceSmiths board member Judy Sanford-Guise

Ahmad Ali is a musician and WBAI producer, and also is a PeaceSmiths volunteer and moderator. Ahmad sits beside PeaceSmiths board member Judy Sanford-Guise at the life celebration event.

Ann Christiansen reads her poem about Susan June Blake

Ann Christiansen reads from her poem in progress about her friend and colleague, Susan June Blake.

Ken Snyder and Wendy Dann

Ken Snyder was one of the celebrants who is from the PeaceSmiths community, and the
Shelter Rock UU congregation. Wendy Dann brought the popcorn and a lot of hugs (she says we should celebrate hug day.) Andy Greenhouse performs

Andy Greenhouse has a huge repertoire of wonderful originals and profound folk songs. Yet, for these events honoring Susan, he is always sure to bring out his very amusing bicycle song, because it was truly one of Susan’s favorites.

Albert Solomon, WBAI listener and activist

Albert Solomon was one in a crowd. He was one of the many of the attendees from the WBAI community (many who came all the way from the city), and one of the 4 or 5 videographers.


Warren is a PeaceSmiths regular, and a member of the Bush is a Liar Choir.

Sister Jeanne Clarke

Sister Jeanne Clarke told the moving story of how in Nicaragua, there is a prayer that asserts that the dead are still with us. Susan June Blake – presente.

Entry filed under: Photos, Susan Blake.

Jorge Renderos: Life Celebration for Susan June Blake Poetry with Max Wheat/Music with Premik

2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Marge Harrison  |  January 25, 2008 at 11:18 am

    Kimberly, Thank you for all the dedication you brought to organizing the Sunday celebration of Susan. I truly appreciated the opportunity to speak there and I hope that what I said will help to keep Susan’s legacy of organizing alive. Please convey my thanks to all those who were involved in this moving tribute. Best, Marge Harrison

  • 2. Barbara Goldberg  |  January 31, 2008 at 6:35 pm

    Dear kimberly and Ian,

    You are both treasures, having generously and capably stepped forward in a time of need to keep Peacesmith’s alive. It is true that the loss of Susan is immeasureable, but the two of you , with full hearts and energy, are the beacon of light that will keep alive and nurture Susan’s dream.

    With gratitude and love,

    Barbara Goldberg

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