Voices from Russia

Thursday, 11 July 2013

Toshi Seeger Dies, Wife of Folk Legend Pete Seeger

00 Pete and Toshi Seeger. 11.07.


Toshi Seeger, wife of environmental activist and folk legend Pete Seeger, died Tuesday night. Jeff Rumpf, executive director of Clearwater, said her death is “a huge loss for Clearwater and the world. Toshi’s a real mother, a mother for social justice, a mother for festivals all over the world and people singing. She’s a mother that embodies all the spirit your own mother does and spreads it out over the community. We’re really going to miss Toshi”. Rumpf said Toshi played a pivotal role in the success of the annual Clearwater Festival, which was held last month at Croton Point Park in Croton-on-Hudson. More than 15,000 people attended the festival and there were more than 1,000 volunteers. She was heavily involved in logistics and cooked for hundreds and hundreds of volunteers. Rumpf noted, “She pushed for the festival being a cause, not a concert. She made the festival happen. She’s the mother of the festival. The most important thing for her was making sure the music represented as much diversity as possible. She was always looking for people to open their minds”. Rumpf also said Toshi was a strong proponent of the Clearwater staff and board having a broad representation and she played a critical role in Clearwater’s Green Cities initiative, which brought the group’s message of environmental conservation into urban areas.

10 July 2013

The Journal News




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