Archive for February 2020

Spread The Strike

A number of striking graduate student teachers in California requested a song for the picket lines.  Here's one musical offering.  I'm very much looking forward to visiting California in late March to sing on the picket lines in person!

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To Agree with the DNC

In preparation for the next Democratic presidential candidate debates, here are some musical thoughts on the Democratic party establishment apologists for plutocracy and empire who will be ganging up on the insurgent front-runner, Bernie Sanders, in the coming weeks and months.

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On February 26th, 2012, racist vigilante and neighborhood watchman George Zimmerman got out of his car and shot a teenager to death, for no conceivable reason.  Zimmerman was, however, found not guilty, on grounds of self defense.  He had to get out of his car in order to defend himself against an unarmed, dark-skinned teen in a hoodie, who was doing nothing other than walking down the sidewalk.

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Among the most eloquent of America's political prisoners is from Texas.  He is serving a fifty-year sentence for nothing more than a blatantly obvious act of self-defense against a murder attempt by a racist cop.  The cop even admitted as much -- an admission which later mysteriously changed, of course.  Alvaro is up for parole, at least potentially, in 2021. #FreeAlvaro

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On February 19th 1942, President Franklin Roosevelt signed an executive order condemning anyone of Japanese descent to indefinite imprisonment without trial, whether they be men, women, children, seniors, whether they be recent immigrants from Japan, or third-generation Americans.

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Wet’suwet’en

BREAKING NEWS: There are no cross-Canada trains running today, because the tracks are blocked by Mohawks and others participating in blockades across the colonized nation. Thousands of travelers and billions of dollars worth of freight is currently not moving.

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Once the Oregon Territory had achieved the fundamental requisite for graduating from "territory" to "state" – a white settler majority – it became the first state in the US to officially exclude a people of color from owning property, as part of the state constitution.

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The Trial of the Rotherham 12

On February 13th, 2018, the last two members of the Rotherham 12 were acquitted. These Asian men in the north of England had been facing years in prison for defending themselves against violent racists, which they had been forced to confront because of the actions of another group of racists -- the Rotherham police.

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Bernie 2020

If Bernie Sanders has any chance of getting into the White House, it will only be because he was propelled there by a massive popular movement.  His own party's leadership would rather have fascism than socialism, and that's only the tip of the iceberg.

Watch Now:

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February 3rd, 1788 became known as the date of the "last battle" of Shays' Rebellion.  It marked the end of the three-year period during with tenant farmers in western Massachusetts took over half the state and prevented the allegedly "revolutionary" courts from functioning -- thereby preventing any evictions of actual revolutionaries.

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