"The history of a nation is, unfortunately, too easily written as the history of its dominant class." - Kwame Nkrumah
"Memory says, 'I did that.' Pride replies, 'I could not have done that.' Eventually, memory yields." - Nietzsche
Music is written by the people. Heres some labor songs from MySpace I have grown fond of
War on the Workers - Anne Feeney
The ultimate rally song.
According to the Anne Feeney MySpace page:
I'm an activist, organizer, songwriter, folksinger, troublemaker and hellraiser from Pittsburgh, PA. I graduated from high school in 1968 and worked for a year to save up enough money to buy the beautiful Martin D-28 guitar that I still play. The Vietnam war and the Civil Rights Movement shaped my conscience and consciousness. My musical influences are pretty varied, but I love Phil Ochs, Ewan MacColl & Peggy Seeger, Jimmy Collier, Brian MacNeill, Bob Dylan, Peter Paul and Mary, Billy Bragg, Jon Fromer, Rosalie Sorrels, Hazel Dickens, Utah Phillips, David Rovics, Leon Rosselson, Joe Hill, Woody Guthrie, Pam Parker, Anais Mitchell, Evan Greer, Pat Humphries, Rebel Voices, Chris Chandler and so very many more. I worked for a dozen years or so as a trial attorney and served as President of the Pittsburgh Musicians' Union. I have two great kids, Dan and Amy Berlin. ...Now, I'm on the road 200+ days a year... all over the US and Canada, and more recently, Sweden and Denmark. If you're on strike, or in an organizing drive, or doing community organizing for women's rights, the environment, human rights, anti-poverty or anti-racist work, I want to be there. You can donate to her cause there.
We Can't Make it Here - James McMurty
It's really a no brainer, especially when you could go cross country and see the devastation that NAFTA, WTO and the unending corporate driven government has done to the American people.
Heres a snippet from the James McMurty MySpace page:
The Texas native long has been known as an astute, clear-eyed observer and concise, no-holds-barred chronicler of the human condition, but a growing socio-political edge fairly exploded just prior to the 2004 elections when his scathing, palace-rattling “We Can’t Make It Here” was made available online as a free download. The seven-plus-minute diatribe against social injustice and the Administration’s hypocrisy and deceptions repercussed wildly across the Internet and the airwaves, igniting a grassroots firestorm that has brought legions of new fans to the singer/songwriter’s work. As of this writing, fan-made videos of “We Can’t Make It Here” have been viewed more than 150,000 times on YouTube.