A tapestry in honor of John Lennon was unveiled in the presence of Yoko Ono and Amnesty International Secretary General Salil Shetty at a ceremony on Ellis Island.The tapestry was unveiled by U2’s Bono and The Edge, who along with music business impresario Jimmy Iovine, have donated the tapestry to The Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation for display at the Ellis Island National Museum of Immigration. The tapestry will remain on display on Ellis island until August 14th and will be permanently displayed in 2016.The tapestry was commissioned by Art for Amnesty founder Bill Shipsey as a thank you to Yoko Ono for giving Amnesty International the rights to record cover versions of John Lennon’s post-Beatles songs in 2004.“For many years, Ellis Island has stood as a symbol of the United States’ compassion to those who came to its shores,” said Salil Shetty, Secretary General of Amnesty International. “It is our hope that this beautiful tapestry hanging in this meaningful space will serve as a reminder to extend John Lennon’s message of peace and love to all of those who leave their homes in search of a better life.”The presentation included remarks by Yoko Ono, Bono and Salil Shetty, Secretary General of Amnesty International.Yoko Ono said, “This is a happy day for our family, for our John to be honored by the city he so loved. John said IMAGINE ALL THE PEOPLE LIVING LIFE IN PEACE. John knew how urgent it was, and he knew also that what we believe in becomes reality. So let’s Think Peace, Act Peace, Spread Peace, Imagine Peace. And together we will make it. Thank you. I love you!”
APTN NewsThe chief of an Alberta First Nation called on the power of prayer to help his community heal from another fatal car crash.“Our community came together last time and our communities are going to come together this time,” said Vernon Saddleback of Samson Cree, south of Edmonton.Saddleback confirmed five people who died Tuesday had ties to Samson and Ermineskin – two of four first nations that comprise the Maskwacis region, about 95 kilometres south of Edmonton.However, the victims were living in the nearby town of Wetaskiwin.Three sisters from one family and a couple with a young son were killed when two vehicles collided outside Millet, Alta., at about 4:15 pm MT June 5. They were all in the same vehicle.A person in the other vehicle was treated for minor injuries and released.Police have not yet spoken about the accident.“I do want to ask everyone out there who is watching, who is listening or who is going to read this, if you could pray for our communities,” Saddleback told reporters Wednesday.“And pray for those families involved.”Chief Vernon Saddleback speaks to reporters.The three sisters were Dominique Soosay Northwest, 19; Cheyanne Soosay Northwest, 22; and Latesha Soosay Northwest, 25; from Samson Cree First Nation.Cheyanne and Latesha had five children between them.Wetaskiwin RCMP said Wednesday they were still investigating the cause of the crash that also claimed the lives of Anthony Swampy, 30, and his girlfriend, Terrelle Minde – whose age was not available.Saddleback expressed shock at the heavy loss.“Tough to lose one family member but five from a community… words can’t express,” he said at a news conference.Police said the collision occurred on Highway 2A at Township Road 472, about five kilometres south of the town of Millet.