New Beginnings-Next Step is helping David remove
some ink from his face. Although he admitted that it
"hurt like hell", he felt it would greatly
improve his employment prospects.
Were very proud of this man, and his fierce
changing... inside and out!
April 21, 2017
Hope this note finds you well! Let me start by
offering my deep thanks to those of you who have
made contributions (prayers count!) to the work of
New Beginnings-Next Step. Your support has enabled
us to continue the important work of helping
returning citizens to transition form incarceration
to freedom. The gentleman pictured above has been
out of prison for about six weeks and is already
working two jobs. I'm very proud of the progress
I've seen him make and the great future he's begun
to envision for himself.
Should you like to learn more about us, our website
My work with New Beginnings has kept me off the road
for a lot of this year but that's about to change
with a few very special shows--
This Sunday night (April 23rd) I'll be appearing in
the "Be the Machine" show at The Vanguard in Tulsa,
This show is part of a great week of events to mark
the Woody Guthrie Center's fourth anniversary.
On Sunday April 30th, I'll be in Cape Cod at the
Singing Oak Series (http://www.singingoakhouseconcerts.org/).
Then, on May 5th, it's back to my favorite
coffeehouse, Steel City, in Phoenixville, PA.
The last couple weeks of May will find me at the
Spring Gulch Folk Festival, and then back up in
Great Barrington MA for the opening weekend of the
Guthrie Center's Troubadour Series.
For better or worse, (and there has been some
disagreement on this) I continue to pick up my
guitar and raise my voice in response to the events
of the day. My new song "Today I Am a Muslim" can be
heard here: (https://soundcloud.com/john-flynn-39/today-i-am-a-muslim-final-mix)
This song was written in response to the televised
images of our Muslim brothers and sisters being
detained without due process at our nation's
airports. It (hopefully) evokes the same kind of
solidarity expressed by John F. Kennedy's famous
words, "Ich Bin ein Berliner". "Today I Am a Muslim"
will soon be available via ITunes. If you'e
listening with youngsters, I should caution that the
lyrics include some (mildly) explicit language. I'm
aware that some folks won't like this song. If it's
any consolation, I didn't much enjoy having to write
it. It is an honest expression of both my faith in
God and (what I see as) my duty to a land I love.
Hope to see you soon!
Good on you,
JohnMore info on these and other shows at-
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