One World

One World, Many Voices for Japan


Organized by Linda Holiday, Kate Aver Avraham  & Carolyn Brigit Flynn

Fundraising and Healing Benefit
for the People and Land of Japan

 Click here for VIDEO AND TEXT of One World, Many Voices


One World, Many Voices for Japan was conceived in response to the March 11, 2011 tsunami in Japan by three poets in Santa Cruz, California.  We live in an oceanside town subject to earthquake and tsunamis ourselves. With strong ties to Japan and knowing that we are all one world, we wanted to reach across the planet to creatively express our support and love for the people of Japan.  Our fundraising efforts went to Natori City, which was completely devastated by the March tsunami.  We invite you to enjoy the video and text of the poetry, music and dance from that extraordinary evening of May 20, 2011.

 The evening was held at First Congregational Church, and included poets Kate Aver Avraham, Lea Haratani, Len Anderson, Linda Holiday, Joan Zimmerman, Peggy Heinrich, Dane Cervine and Carolyn Brigit Flynn, bamboo flute from Emily Bording, vocal music with Cheryl Anderson & the Cabrillo Youth Chorus, Japanese classical dance with Ikuyo Conant, chanting from the Santa Cruz Zen Center, and Vocal music & community singing with Coleen Douglas.

One World, Many Voices for Japan was cosponsored by the City of Santa Cruz Sister Cities Committee, Aikido of Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz Sentinel, Aikido of Monterey, First Congregational Church, Watsonville Taiko, Santa Cruz Zen Center, Poetry Santa Cruz, and the Japanese Cultural Fair. 

PLEASE NOTE THAT RE-BUILDING IN NATORI WILL TAKE YEARS: We urge you to offer donations and support to the people of Natori through the link below. Our efforts from across the world express to them that they are not alone.


Click here for VIDEO AND TEXT of One World, Many Voices

Santa Cruz Sentinel article — “Santa Cruz event raises money for Japanese earthquake victims”

Click here to read Poetry and Prayers by Santa Cruz Writers for Japan after March 11, 2011.

To purchase a One World Many Voices DVD, contact Marigold Fine
Cost is $20 plus $3 for shipping and handling. 

Tsunami hits Natori, Japan, March 11, 2011


100% proceeds benefit Natori City, devastated by March tsunami  

Make your tax-deductible donation through the Santa Cruz Sister Cities Committee

Natori is Sister City to Shingu, Japan–the Sister City of Santa Cruz




Linda Holiday opens the evening

Santa Cruz City Vice-Mayor Don Lane presents proclamation naming May 20, 2011 "One World, Many Voices for Japan Day"


Poets, singers and musicians in the event