Poet, actor and activist Simon Jones calls on fellow actors to unite in the fight for peace
Simon Jones has been on a mission for more than a decade.
He is the author of Poet: The New Adventures of a Man in the Crowd and a co-founder of the All-American Gathering, a new international poetry conference.
Now he is urging fellow actors and singers to join him in the cause of peace.
“The United States of America is not only in the crosshairs of these warlords, but it is in the sights of its own people.
It’s been a nightmare for them,” Jones told the BBC.
“I have been here for the past 15 years.
The US government is a war criminal.
The whole of American politics has been corrupted.
There is a lot of money being spent on wars, and the whole of politics is a joke.”
He believes the country is on the brink of another civil war.
“We are now in the midst of a civil war that is far bigger than any of us have ever known.
The conflict has metastasised from the warring states to the entire country,” he said.
“What is happening now is a civil uprising.”
‘We’ve had enough’ Jones is one of a number of figures, celebrities and activists who have been taking part in the All American Gathering in recent years.
He spoke out against President Donald Trump during the 2016 US election campaign and is part of a group called the Movement for Black Lives.
But the peace activist said the event has not been a success for him.
“I was really worried about it, because it’s so small,” he told the ABC.
“But there have been so many of us who have taken part.
I’ve been in the crowd for two days, and we’ve had so much fun.”
“I’m not a politician.
I’m not an activist.
I just love to sing.
I have to sing for the people.”
I am not a political person.
I am not an actor.
I simply love to live.
The march in New York has become the largest ever protest in US history and the first time thousands of people have come together to sing, dance and sing together.
It is not the first gathering Jones has organised, and he says it will not be the last.
The movement is calling for the return of the death penalty and other laws that were repealed in the past few years.
“This is the last march in the US that will have any significance because of the fact that it has been hijacked by the right wing.
But I think it will still be an important event,” he explained.
He said the march in Manhattan has become a celebration of life, with people singing and dancing, while also raising money for the Movement.
We need to do this, he said, and for the next march we’re going to do something that’s very simple, but really meaningful.
The All American gathering is taking place in Manhattan from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., and the rally is taking the streets from 6 p.b.m to 7 p.c.
The event has been marred by the recent arrests of prominent musicians and activists in New Jersey.
Jones said he hopes the event will help people understand that there is still a fight to fight.
“We need a change in the culture,” he added.
“We need more people to see that we’re not alone.
We’re not being taken for granted.
And we’re just going to have to take it.”
Jones is a poet and performer who lives in the Bronx.
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