History

IPSEC honors the life and spirit of Pete Seeger.

Pete Seeger (1919 – 2014)

We are deeply thankful for his decades of tireless devotion to responsible stewardship of our environment.

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When you have no choice, mobilize the spirit of courage
Old proverb
Armed with truth, justice, song and a banjo, Pete waged peace for his 94 years. He was a righteous, generous and courageous soul, who never sought a lighter burden but rather broader shoulders. He was a crusader for the earth and a defender of our glorious Hudson River.
Borrowing from Springsteen’s “The Ghost of Tom Joad”
Whenever there’s somebody fightin’ for a place to stand
Or a decent job or a helpin’ hand
Whenever there is somebody struggling to be free
Looking in their eyes and you’ll see me
Pete has been a lantern that lights the path to truth and justice. May all of us strive to keep this flame alive.

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Needless to say, Pete was a strong supporter of IPSEC’s “Close Indian Point” organizing and events, and one year at the Beacon Strawberry Fest, we were thrilled when he bought one of our hats!