Protest and topical music including comedy. We're interested in the history of protest music, for instance labor songs, civil rights songs, anti war songs. We also feature contemporary protest music and we particularly want to hear your protest songs.
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Walker Administration/WI DOJ appealing 120 Sing Along tickets that were thrown out
I haven't offered an update on the Solidarity Sing Along in a while, but it is still going strong. The sing along is a noon-hour singing protest that has occurred at the Wisconsin State Capitol every weekday, including holidays, since March 11, 2011. It began when the larger protests against Governor Scott Walker's union-busting law began to wane.For nearly four years now, between 20 and 100 (and at times, hundreds) of citizens have gathered in the rotunda or on the Capitol lawn on their lunch hours to sing for an hour in support of labor rights, the environment, women's health issues, education, and the first amendment.
Resistance to the Walker brand of neo-fascism has also included the displaying of banners, writing of messages on the Capitol sidewalk with sidewalk chalk, and the occasional yelling of "Walker Sucks!"
The persistent public shaming of Mr. Walker and his Republican co-conspirators in the state legislature by concerned citizens did not sit well with the governor, who ousted the well-regarded Chief of the Capitol Police a couple years ago and replaced him with one of Walker's bodyguards from the State Patrol with a mandate to crack down on the singers. No, I am not making that up.
On the eve of the 2012 anniversary of the 9/11 World Trade Center disaster, the unqualified and uncharismatic new chief, David Erwin, did a stiff interview with a local right-wing propaganda site claiming that the Capitol singers and others were "terrorizing" schoolchildren, grandmothers, and lawmakers with sensitive dispositions. After that ill-chosen phrasing was picked up and highlighted by legitimate media, Erwin ordered his officers (themselves having had their own union busted by Walker) to issue citations to people they could identify, and that's what they did. First, they issued them by mail or in person at people's homes, then occasionally in person right after the noon Sing Along.
Eventually, after it was clear that the gently-delivered tickets were failing to motivate people to stop gathering and singing, Erwin ordered his officers to arrest people in the Capitol and issue them citations for failing to disperse from an unlawful assembly. They arrested hundreds of people in the rotunda over the course of a few months in the summer of 2013.
You can probably guess what happened. The gatherings became larger and larger, attracting more local citizens who saw the arrests of their neighbors as unnecessary bullying. The arrests continued. For the most part the singers simply kept singing as they were being cuffed. A few people were charged with resisting for sitting down when confronted by police, but none of the arrestees ever became violent. (I can say that with confidence since I was there most days and there are literally hundreds of photos and videos from each day of arrests. The only violence that occurred was perpetrated by police when they arrested two young, black activists who were there to observe and sing, like everyone else. The arrests of singers were ended after video surfaced showing that the police lied about the circumstances surrounding the arrests of the two men and bogus criminal charges against one of them were dropped.)
Since then, the Sing Along legend has grown as social activists, labor union members, and musical artists from around the world have sent word of their support, or even journeyed to Madison to join the singers, but the legal mess created by Walker and Erwin has gotten even messier. For a number of reasons, including common sense, the local district attorney refused to prosecute the tickets, so the state Attorney General, Republican J.B. Van Hollen, offered to step in and have the state do the dirty work. Surely the singers would tremble at the awesome power of the Van Hollen machine, right?
Wrong. The singers fought back. Most pled not guilty and demanded jury trials. With assistance from the Madison chapter of the National Lawyers Guild and others, the singers who stood their ground (through their attorneys or sometimes representing themselves) have convinced the courts to dismiss the citations before even going to trial. It's been a long, ongoing legal battle, but the courts have held consistently that the Wisconsin Capitol rotunda is a traditional public forum and that the people who have assembled there to sing and protest have done so lawfully.
One thing about petty dictators is that they don't give up, though, and Walker, Erwin, and Van Hollen haven't given up on their silly campaign against sidewalk chalk, satin banners, and folk music sung by peaceful protesters. For the rest of the story, jump over that crumpled orange banner and read the latest press release from the Madison chapter of the National Lawyers Guild.
Florida's gay couples could start planning their weddings after midnight tonight
Florida's AG Pam Bondi has until midnight tonight 10/24 to respond to a request by the ACLU that a federal judge lift his stay on same-sex marriage in Florida.
Judge Robert Hinkle overturned Florida's same-sex marriage ban in late August, but immediately stayed his own ruling until the U.S. Supreme Court decided several similar lawsuits that had already gotten through federal appeals courts.So far, no response from Bondi, best known nationally as the Florida AG who postponed a state execution to attend a fund raiser. Let's hope there's a fund raiser tonight.
But on Oct. 6, the nation's highest court decided not to hear any of those cases, essentially allowing the rulings to go into effect — and all of them overturned bans on same-sex marriage.
The decision had far-reaching effects, legalizing same-sex marriage in five states and clearing the path in half a dozen more. Here in Florida, it meant the reason for Hinkle's stay was no longer relevant.
"We filed last Tuesday to have the stay lifted, so [the state] has until next Friday, the 24th, to respond," ACLU lawyer Daniel Tilley said. "And we certainly hope that we'll have an answer then."
Update, the #'s/Victory photos/Students lined up and voting in the now famous Plemmons Student Union
4:51 PM PT: According to the Watauga County Elections Director, more than 700 people voted at the Plemmons Student Union on the campus of ASU today, the largest turnout of all the early sites:h/t~dean4ever ~ http://www.hcpress.com/...
Plemmons Student Union at ASU – more than 700 early voters
Blowing Rock Town Hall – 78 early voters
Meat Camp VFD – 39 early voters
Deep Gap VFD – 37 early voters
Western Watauga Community Center – approximately 60 early voters
Watauga County Administration Building in downtown Boone – 591 early voters
Go students, keep on trucking, your future so depends upon your participation.
With a legal decision coming down to the wire yesterday Appalachian State University students are voting in large numbers today.
It's my precinct, too, and I couldn't wait to get a photo of this historic day, so I went to vote.
Loved hearing the conversations the students and citizens were having in line, "They [Republicans] don't want us to vote, guess what, that's why I'm here," a young woman said as she passed out yellow ballot assist sheets. I smiled in knowing that the yellow sheets are our Democratic sample ballot.
Later as the line moved forward, a grey haired lady pointed to the 2016 sign and said,"What's wrong with that, (pause) It doesn't have student IDs on it, does it?"
A beautiful day, seeing students vote; one young man told me it was his first time voting. I pulled a yellow slip from my pocket and responded, "Yes it is and yellow is a beautiful color." Many overheard me and the line almost applauded.
The Sound of Marriage Equality
Whatever you thought of the live 'Sound of Music' starring Carrie Underwood, it was still commendable for a number of reasons, including exposing country fans to musical theatre, and showing people who'd only seen the movie the numbers & scenes that were cut from it. (Not that Julie Andrews wasn't adorable, but in the movie the Captain dumps Baroness Schraeder just because of one dance with his employee, which is sort of creepy. In the actual musical, Schraeder turns out to be a Nazi appeaser, and possibly a sympathizer, which is a slightly better reason . . .)
I was reminded of this song by Louie Gohmert (and a few other wingnuts) remarking that the spreading tide of marriage equality was just like the spread of Naziism . . .
Jazz: Big Bands
The Big Band. The American Jazz Orchestra.
5 saxes, 4 trumpets, 4 trombones, Piano/bass/drums/guitar. Maybe one of the ‘bones is a bass trombone. Maybe a trumpet player plays flugelhorn. Maybe someone plays french horn. Obviously 2 alto, 2 tenor and 1 bari sax…but maybe guys double on clarinet or flute or soprano sax or even bass clarinet. In some cases, the bass player might double on tuba. Though more often he’s going to switch between acoustic or electric bass when needed….stand-up or the fender.
I think this sort of ensemble is the most neglected but embedded formats for music in the 21st century. It’s as silly to dismiss as it would be to say the rock and roll power trio of guitar/bass/drums is a dead format. It’s only a format, an orchestrational and arrangement approach. A collection of instruments is not music. But the format is an object of projection to a variety of groups. Many of the racial and political complexities of Jazz intersect within the format of the big band.
I’m doing a gig tomorrow (Monday) night with a local big band and I thought it would worthwhile to spend a few days checking out various big bands to hone my big band concept befor the gig. I think I may have stumbled into something far more complex.
Meet the next Prime Minister of Canada: Justin Trudeau
Justin Trudeau grew up on 24 Sussex Drive Ottawa (our White House). His Father was Pierre Elliot Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada from 1968-1979. Like his father, Justin is running under the Liberal Party flag. He supports legalization of maryjane, is anti war and pro-choice including assisted suicide (with regulations). He is young, currently 42. He recently released his first autobiography titled Common Ground.
Last night he launched his campaign for Prime Minister in 2015 with an hour long interview on the Canadian CTV show W5 (who what when where why).
Sadly I cannot find a way to embed this video but here is the link to the interview: http://www.ctvnews.ca/...
If you want to hear his version of his life, watch the interview and read his autobiography.
Netroots Radio Presents: "The Hideous Truth of How Things Run"
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I'm Special Agent DJ Justice; Radio Host and Program Director for Netroots Radio.com; and I'm manning the dials, spinning the discs, warbling the woofers, putting a slip in your hip and a trip to your hop.The playlist for Sunday 19 Oct 14 8pm to 9pm Pacific Edition of The Justice Department: Musique sans FrontieresWho luvs ya, baby?
~~ "The Hideous Truth of How Things Run" ~~
1 - John Lee Hooker -- "I Cover The Waterfront"
2 - John Hammond -- "2:19"
3 - Charles Caldwell -- "Remember Me"
4 - Woody Guthrie -- "Vigilante Man"
5 - Chris Whitley -- "Spanish Harlem Incident"
6 - Tin Hat Trio -- "Fear of the South"
7 - Lhasa de Sela -- "Anywhere on This Road"
8 - Milladoiro -- "Alala das Marianas"
9 - Burhan Ocal and The Trakya Allstars -- "Melike"
10 - Mari Boine -- "Vuoi Vuoi Mu"
11 - Vinicius Cantuaria and Bill Frisell - "Aquela Mulher"
12 - Maria De Barros -- "Cabinda A Cunene"
13 - Manuel Galban -- "Drume Negrita"
"I'm Not A Scientist" song
Ode to the Homeless Veteran - poetry
Ode to the Homeless Veteran
Go Away! I heard him say.
You homeless bum be on your way!
He pushed me and punched me.
He was not at all kind to me.
What ever happened to this land of the free?
Apparently freedom, no longer applies to me.
I have no family who will take me in
They put me off and say I'm living in sin.
They think that I'm disposable,
But I'm a human being just like you.
Such a statement should not be opposable,
But I'm treated like an old worn out shoe.
People don't usually see me here standing in the rain.
They never see that I am a human, and that I'm in much pain.
You see I fought for my country when I went to a foreign land,
When I came home there was no fanfare, no band.
I came back only to find no help for me,
My broken body, soul, and mind,
Makes people uncomfortable, they leave me behind.
People see me as a bum, a loafer, and lazy.
They call me an addict, and mentally crazy.
What I am is a human being just like you.
I deserve to be treated with dignity too.
Although I'm broke and broken, don't judge me so severe,
For one day, if circumstances dictate, you also could be here.
Be kind to all people you come across in life,
No matter who they may be, we all experience strife.
Everyone deserves a home to call their own.
Everyone deserves to be cared for, and kindness shown.
Will you be the one to help make an opportunity for me to feel loved?
Or will you continue on your way, not caring, and giving me a shove.
Humanity needs a reset and to let greed, and ego go.
People need to become humane to each other, and allow humanity to grow.
~ Linda Meyer
Boosted by your donations, campaign to get out the Indian vote in South Dakota showing good results
At the time I finished writing this, more than 8,200 members of the Daily Kos community had raised more than $98,000 to support the effort to get out the American Indian vote in South Dakota. That's a spectacular effort in just a few days with the potential for giving progressive Democrat Rick Weiland the margin of votes he needs to win the U.S. Senate seat of retiring Sen. Tim Johnson. It also could bring out enough voters to elect several Indian and other progressive candidates for down-ticket races and put the name Ogala Lakota County onto what is now Shannon County, named for a guy instrumental in separating Indians from their land in the late 19th Century.Dustina Gill has been spending the past five days knocking on doors to get out the Indian vote in South Dakota. Here she is on the Standing Rock rez, once home to the Hunkpapa Lakota leader Sitting Bull.
The money being raised goes directly to the Great Plains Get Out the Native Vote project focused on the state's nine Indian reservations. South Dakota's registration deadline is Monday, Oct. 20. Voters can cast ballots the same day they register. So the first step obviously is to do the hard work of getting as many people registered as possible and taking advantage of early voting at satellite offices.
To that end, state Rep. Kevin Killer, an Oglala-Kiowa who lives on the Pine Ridge Reservation, Dustina Gill, a Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate who lives on the Lake Traverse Reservation, and Chase Iron Eyes, a Lakota who lives on the Standing Rock Reservation, have organized a six-day GOTV tour of all nine reservations as well as other activities across the state. Gill and her brother Joshua have been making that long, slow trek from one reservation to another, driving the mini-bus nicknamed the "war pony."
On Wednesday, day three of the Rez Tour, Gill reports, the activists visited elders at Standing Rock who are staunch voters and 18- and 19-year-olds who are getting ready to vote for the first time. They also spoke with one family that includes several veterans who served for 10 years in the military but never previously registered to vote. And they spoke with staff at Indian Country Today about the news outlet's concerns over who from South Dakota running in this election will represent Indians best in Washington. The consensus was that Weiland is the right guy to do that. As they drove across the sprawling reservation, Gill says:Having bald eagles fly with us and coyotes run with us as we drove down the long windy roads was something else. Sitting at woodpiles that took months to stockpile to prepare for the cold winter months and listen to ehanna [old-time] stories are forever etched in memory. I left Standing Rock feeling honored to have shared time with Sitting Bull's people who are part of the [Lakota confederacy known as] Oceti Sakowin— [the seven council fires].Next, it was on to Pine Ridge, home of the Oglala, Crazy Horse's people, a 230-mile drive over what are far from the nation's best roads.
Pine Ridge is 3.2 million acres encompassing 22 communities and a potential of 13,000 voters, but only one satellite voting center. Earlier in the week, Rep. Killer said some 120 people had registered and voted, so many that the satellite office ran out of ballots.Dustina Gill, (left) the Thompson family of Standing Rock and Chase Iron Eyes,Contribute so American Indian voices can be heard in South Dakota!Read below the orange fluffy frybread for more about this crucial project..
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