Last week we did an informal poll of Nation writers and editors asking them to pick one YouTube video which they thought deserved a wider viewing. The survey produced some interesting results and we opened it up to our readers. Suggestions poured in from coast to coast — and beyond. We’ll be posting the videos in installments all this week and next. The first edition is below.
Ronnie Rocket, from Copenhagen, Denmark, turned us on to a stirring video produced by UNICEF, UK, to inspire action in defense of the rights of children around the world.
Susan Welch, from Des Moines, Iowa, called attention to a new video from the grassroots environmental group 350.org, which movingly highlights the power that just person can possess and urges participation in the upcoming day of action on 10/10/10.
Pauline Brock, from Montreal, Canada, suggested a strong excerpt from George Carlin’s 2005 video "Life Is Worth Losing," in which he decries the elites who have destroyed any semblance of the American Dream.
Barbara Rick, from New York City, lauded a short film on the importance of girls’ education in East Africa, which celebrates the unique and powerful Daraja Academy in Kenya: the first free all-girls secondary school in all of East Africa.
Elizabeth Plowman, from Little Rock, Arkansas, tipped us off to a respectful local TV newscast covering an antiwar demo in Arkansas, which shows real grassroots opposition to war in an unlikely setting.