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john davies
notes from a small vicar
from a parish
in Liverpool, UK

    Saturday, April 19, 2003
    Liverpool launches Unsung Heroes
    First night of Martyn Joseph, Stewart Henderson and Martin John Nicholls' Unsung Heroes tour, in Mossley Hill Church, just down the road from here.

    No pecking order here, a nice collaborative event highighting the strengths we know each of these performers has in abundance, and particularly their passion for justice, strengthened by times they have each spent among people in some of the poorest communities in the world. Martyn's 2002 visit to the MST landless workers movement in Brazil featured prominently:
      "It was an amazing trip of deep emotion, rich experience and challenge. One of the moments I will never forget was by the side of the road in a place called Campos. There, at an MST encampment, I saw the reality of the struggle for a group of courageous people, intent on obtaining justice and a piece of land on which to plant crops, raise homes and build a community. I made a promise to them that I would do whatever I could to tell their story."
    His CD Till the End is part of that promise. It's raised £7,500 so far, for their cause. The Unsung Heroes tour will raise more, and will also help raise the landless movement's profile.

    On the day squawkbox.tv went awol, it was probably as well that GB blog comment king John Cheek was away from his computer, up here visiting in-laws. Good to recognise one of the Greenbelt online community in the unlikely surroundings of Mossley Hill.

    Earlier, Goodison's grandstands had been places of nasty verbal and occasional physical abuse during a fractious derby match. So it was good and healing to end a day of trauma at a perspective-shifting, affirming, very different sort of event.