Cardozo Law to honor McCartney for peace, which is fab

Paul McCartney will be presented with the International Advocate for Peace Award during the commencement ceremony at Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law in New York on May 28.

Wait a sec ...

Fellow Beatle John Lennon wrote, "Give Peace a Chance."

He also wrote "Happy Xmas, War is Over."

Lennon and Yoko Ono also did a week-long "Bed-In for Peace" after their wedding. For, well, peace.

Lennon once famously said: "If everybody demanded peace instead of another television set, then there'd be peace." 

As we all know, Lennon, the man who long advocated peace, was gunned down. 

McCartney? He wrote "Ob-La-Di Ob-La-Da." (The lyrics were not commonly chanted during peace marches ...) 

He wrote "Lovely Rita."  (It's about a meter maid ...) 

Well, think of the challenge of living up to Lennon's legendary stance for peace. He was rock's Gandhi, after all. 

McCartney is being honored by students of the Cardozo Journal of Conflict Resolution because of his more than half-century of creating songs that “celebrate love and understanding, empathy and connection — the foundations of peace that are the heart of the human struggle.”

Yes, he's written a host of iconic songs, from "Yesterday" to "Hey Jude" to "Silly Love Songs." (That last one? OK, he's not perfect.)

Yet, McCartney's activism has been quite extensive and impassioned. A vegetarian, he's long advocated animal rights. (Hey, you can argue that animals deserve peace too!) His ex-wife lost a leg in an accident, so he joined her efforts to clear landmines from war-torn nations. They cause amputations or worse, and children are particularly vulnerable to them. He's fought fracking, fox hunting and oil drilling in the Arctic. 

He's performed in many concerts for charities. 

He took part in an anti-gun rally in New York. He told a reporter: “One of my best friends was killed in gun violence, right around here, so it’s important to me."

Lennon was more outspoken, brazen and, arguably, media-savvy. 

But Sir Paul has done a lot for peace and the planet, too. So it's cool that the "cute" Beatle is getting some due. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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