DALLAS, Sept. 11 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Marc Daniels, Lawn and Garden industry insider and campaign director of the Weed Out Hate Initiative, traveled to Jerusalem on Tuesday, September 7th to solicit the support of noted international correspondent Ulrich Sahm, one of the most respected members of the International Press Corps in Israel. "As an intermediary who helped facilitate the transfer of the historic Schindler's lists to the Yad Vashem Holocaust Museum in Jerusalem, and as a keen observer of Mideast politics, Sahm understands the ramifications of individuals unwilling to confront their prejudices... the inner weeds of hate," says Daniels.
According to Sahm, "Dr. Martin Luther King's 'I Have a Dream' speech was a watershed moment in the Civil Rights movement." Daniels took these words to heart as he amplified King's vision through his newly founded Weed Out Hate Initiative. Extracting a weed, roots and all, empowers even the smallest child to perform a cathartic act from within, as well as in the garden. Multiply this effect by ten million and society can begin to touch upon the inner ecology of spirit. This representative act is a language every child understands and an experience they will never forget. It can be their contribution to a better world."
Sahm added, "So many events symbolize the weeds from seeds of hatred: 9/11, the reaction to the Danish cartoons in the Muslim world, and more recently the 'suspended' plans by Pastor Terry Jones to burn the Koran at the Dove World Outreach Center in Gainesville, Florida."
A Garden Writer's 9/11 Civic Prayer for the Nation
While attending the 62nd Annual Garden Writers Association in Dallas, Texas this weekend, Daniels will challenge association members to take gardening reporting and stewardship to the next level. In prepared remarks he will articulate his prayer for the nation on September 11, inspired by Dr. King's vision:
"I have a dream that the people of New York, the people of this country, and the people of the world can shift their gaze from lower Manhattan, uptown to Central Park. Let us dream that all the world's children descend upon the Sheep Meadow and together, like lion and lamb, weed out hate for themselves and for the rest of us. As they weed out their seeds of hate, and as they cultivate our great park, may their weed heaps of hatred grow into hillocks of hope, and may their knolls of knowledge mature into mountains of righteousness -- monuments of virtue so grand that they will surpass the heights of the Twin Towers themselves. Let these mountains of hope demonstrate our resolve -- first to ourselves and then to those who would attempt to destroy us -- that such an outpouring of communal goodwill would send an unforgettable message that they cannot and will not win. Then and only then, will the soil of our Promised Land be fertile enough to block any weed and deter any worm that would desecrate the fruits of our connections with Nature and our own inner being. Let freedom ring, let's weed out hate, let freedom ring."
About Ulrich Sahm
Ulrich Sahm, son of a German diplomat, was born in 1950, a few years after World War II. He grew up in multiple foreign countries and came into contact with both Jews and Israelis at a very early age. Sahm was predestined to become conscious of his German heritage, including Germany's modern history, while at the same time devoting his professional life to Anti-Semitism and other forms of blind hatred directed against Jews and the State of Israel. Hatred was not only a driving force behind the German Nazis, but was also a prominent element in Middle Eastern politics resulting in war, terror and delegitimization campaigns. During his 40 years of service as a correspondent in Israel, Sahm initiated steps to "weed out the seeds of hate." For one year he searched for German peasants who saved the lives of two Jewish women interned at the Stutthof Concentration Camp. Sahm was able to find them and they were honored as "Righteous of the Nations" at Yad Vashem in Jerusalem, where he also helped to bring a suitcase full of Oskar Schindler's documents. On the way to Yad Vashem, the suitcase made a short stop over at his home, where he could study originals of "Schindler's List." Sahm was also the only journalist who documented Daniel Barenboim breaking a taboo by performing Wagner in Jerusalem. His most important achievement was to document, together with his Israeli wife, Varda, the gilding of the Dome of the Rock in Jerusalem, which was financed by Jordan's King Hussein.
About Marc Daniels
Marc Daniels is the campaign chair for the Weed Out Hate Initiative (www.weedouthate.org) as well as an author, businessman and eldest grandson of Ross Daniels, the inventor of the Ross Root Feeder®. He has devoted the past five years of his life to researching and writing about the spiritual, cultural and ecological roots of gardening. His new book, Himmelsgarten: Das Handbuch des Spirituelen Gartners (Heaven's Garden: The Handbook of Spiritual Gardeners) is being released in Germany, January 2011 by Allergria Verlag, a unit of the Ullstein Group of Publishers. Discussions are underway for a US publisher.
About Steve Trusty
Steve Trusty is a writer and consultant in the horticultural industry. He has written hundreds of articles for numerous publications, co-authored a gardening book and contributed to others. He has hosted radio and TV gardening shows.
Throughout his life he has been committed to helping people get more enjoyment, in an environmentally friendly way, out of their contacts with the turf and ornamentals that make up the green space of our environment.
SOURCE Steve Trusty