On December 8th, 2008 it will be 28 years since you were murdered. I'm sure you already know this but every year at this time the entire world takes a pause to remember you. I have always been so moved by your life and work. I always keep your birthday and Dec. 8th on my calendar as a reminder of you every year. And I'll be perfectly honest with you... I cry every time your birthday or Dec. 8th rolls around. I would say that I mourn you in a very real way each year and I take some time to remember the citizen that you were and what you worked to create in this world. I shed a few tears not only because of my sadness that you are no longer able to be alive and contribute, but also because of all the meaningless violence that takes away so many lives still every day.
The slightly odd thing about all of this is that I am only 27 years old. I was born in August of 1981, almost a full year after your death. I was never even alive during your amazing existence! However, I think that I am not alone in saying that my generation feels an incredibly close connection to everything that you stood for. We are still working to see your vision of a more peaceful world fully realized. I have been working in Millennial politics in America for almost 6 years now and can say with full sincerity that the youth of this country are fired up and ready to go!
I can imagine what you've been thinking throughout this horrible war that we have gotten ourselves into. After everything you did to end the war in Vietnam, we now find ourselves in another quagmire, which is monopolizing the resources of the entire planet. The war in Iraq has been a huge blunder in America's history and I wish you could be alive to help us bring an end to it even sooner. I know that you would have been one of the most vocal about not going into Iraq in the first place and I know that you would have helped to lead the efforts to end to this war just as you did during your amazing life.
And how about Nov. 4th this year! You must have been crying so hard along with all of us! I think the entire world shed a collective tear of joy that night. You must have been so proud! I know I was. America took an amazing step in the right direction and your work has so much to do with our victory in 2008. I wonder what it would be like if you were still alive and you could hang out with Barack Obama. I know he would do it. How could he not... you are the man!
The music and political culture that you created during your life will live on forever in the hearts of activists and artists alike. Even though I have never met you, I am so proud of you for what you have done. I aspire to contribute even a fraction to society in the way that you have. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for everything you did and everything your work continues to do. I can't tell you how much it means to me.