Saturday, July 14, 2012

[SDCPJ] Woody turns 100! This week's cultural news from the Labor Heritage Foundation

Labor Heritage Newsletter for July 13

Celebrating Woody Guthrie Saturday July 14
Remembering Woody Guthrie
A concert of Song and Celebration on the 100th Anniversary of his birth

Featuring the Solidarity Singers of the New Jersey Industrial Union Council and Sharleen Leahey
July 14 at 7:30 pm
Marc's Place Coffe House
Reformed Church of Highland Park
19-21 South Second Avenue, Highland Park, New Jersey Guthrie Centennial Birthday Bash
New York City

Round robin songfest celebrating Woody Guthrie's 100th birthday. Featured artists include Hillel Arnold, Don Friedman, Beth Kotkin, Joel Landy, Anne Price, Steve Suffet, and Gina Tlamsa.
$10 admission + one drink minimum purchase.
Visit the Birthday Bash web site or Facebook page for more information
The Bowery Poetry Club
308 Bowery
New York, NY 10012-2802
Woody Guthrie's 100 Birthday Tribute Concert
Takoma Park, Maryland
The legendary Woody Guthrie was born on July 14, 1912. To celebrate the 100th anniversary of his birth, Joe Uehline has put together a tribute concert for July 14, 2012, with Joe's own band, the U-Liners, and Magpie. The Institute of Mucical Traditions is very happy to be sponsoring the show!
From his early days working in an aluminum mill in Central PA, a fiesty and passionate Joe Uehlein developed a keen interest in Rock & Roll and the Folk and Country sounds of working class music. Joe's broad musical journey began in union halls across the country and led to sharing the stage with countless legendary artists including Pete Seeger, Tom Morello, Steve Earle, Boots Riley, and Lester Chambers. Joe's passion continues as he combines forces with the hard workin', hard drivin' musicians known as The U-Liners. A rare specialty of this group includes songs of hope, peace, justice, the environment, and worker's rights; and come from the band's belief that we can make the world a better place.
Terry Leonino and Greg Artzner began to play music together in Kent, Ohio in September of 1973. They chose the name Magpie for their band, a name which grew in personal significance for them as years went by. Terry was a student in her senior year at Kent State University in the fall of '73, and when she graduated the following spring, she and Greg packed Greg's VW bus and moved to the Washington, DC area. In the years since then, they have traveled and toured extensively, performed in concerts, at folk clubs and festivals around the world, and recorded many times.
Takoma Park Civic Auditorium
7500 Maple Avenue
Takoma Park Maryland

2012 Julius Margolin Scholarship Winners
Elise Bryant (Board Chair of Labor Heritage Foundation), Ann Feeney (Performer), Justin Dorazio (Scholarship Winner), Elizabeth Thompson (Scholarship Winner) and George Mann (Performer).

"Occupy Now!" Photo Contest Winners
Amateur Winner
Michael Padwee "Rise Up, We Are the 99%" Professional Winner
Russell Belcher of Arc Lamp Productions, LLC.
"Occupy DC Eviction @ McPherson Square taken 2/4/12 at
The winners were selected by ballot box vote by the participants of the CCO/GLAE/CAMP-S.
Our thanks to The Newspaper Guild and all those who participated.

Holly Near Northeast Tour
Emerson Umbrella Center for the Arts, Concord, MA
with John Bucchino and Colleen Kattau
July 20 at 7:00 pm
Nantucket Unitarian Universalist Church, Nantucket, MA
with John Bucchino and Colleen Kattau
July 21 at 7:00 pm
The Old Whaling Church, Edgartown, MA
with John Bucchino and Colleen Kattau
July 22 at 7:30 pm
Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs, NY
with John Bucchino and Colleen Kattau
July 25 at 7:00 pm
United Methodist Church, Providence, RI
with John Bucchino and Colleen Kattau
July 26 at 7:30 pm
Falcon Ridge Folk Festival
44 CR 7D, Hillsdale, NY
Holly will be part of a song swap on July 27 and do a workshop and main show on July 28
July 27, 2012
Full information on the tour can be seen here.

Dynamic Soulful Singer on Tour
Janelia's next show is in DC at the Axum's Level X Lounge. Advance ticket are required, so please show your support and get tickets online, even if you can't make it out. Lol! Tickets are $11.65.
"I have experienced a lot of "life" over the past year, this makes me do a lot of writing and singing. I'll be sharing some of my new songs on 7/20 in a very intimate setting (Axum's Level X Lounge). You don't want to miss this show!"

Midwest School for Women Workers :: July 25 - 29
The Midwest School for Women Workers brings together union women to develop leadership skills, understand challenges and issues facing the labor movement, and share experiences.
The school has been held annually since 1976, and aims to equip women to be more active and effective leaders in their unions and to build solidarity among union women. The school is open to all union members in the Midwest region, but its primary focus is to meet the educational needs of union women. Participants typically include women active at all levels of their unions, including rank-and-file activists, elected leaders, stewards, and staff.
The school is sponsored by the United Association for Labor Education (UALE) and this year will be hosted by the University of Iowa Labor Center in Iowa City, Iowa in cooperation with the Iowa Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO.
July 25-29
University of Iowa
Iowa City, Iowa
Registration information can be download.

What to a slave is the 4th of July?
Watch actor Danny Glover read abolitionist Frederick Douglass's "Fourth of July Speech, 1852" on October 5, 2005 in Los Angeles, California. Part of a reading from Voices of a People's History of the United States (Howard Zinn and Anthony Arnove.)

Joyce Dannen Miller Saturday, June 30, 2012, JOYCE DANNEN MILLER, Labor Leader of Washington, DC. Born on June 19, 1928. Executive Officer of the Amalgamated Clothing Workers (later Clothing and Textile Workers).
She was the first woman to sit on the AFL-CIO Executive Board. She was the co-founder and longtime president of CLUW (Coalition of Labor Union Women). Joyce was a pioneer in the creation of daycare for working families. She served in the Clinton Administration as Executive Director of the Glass Ceiling Commission. She was an active member of The Women's Democratic Club and the Cosmos Club. Joyce reviewed dozens of honors and awards.
Devoted and loved mother of Joshua, Adam and Rebecca (Peter Hassler); sister of Avrum (Bonita) Dannen; grandmother of Lillian and Sarah Miller. Memorial services will be held on Monday, July 2, 2012 at 11 a.m. at Washington Hebrew Congregation, 3935 Macomb St., NW. Family will be receiving friends after services at the Temple. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Women's Democratic Club.

Arrangements entrusted to EDWARD SAGEL FUNERAL, Rockville, MD, 301-217-9400

The Forward Bus
This bus, painted by 7th & 8th graders from Madison, was used during the Solidarity Sing Along during the last week of the recall election in Wisconsin.
Listen to the Solidarity Sing Along Forward Forever at YouTube.


Ramiro Gomez creates cardboard workers
Their faces are vague, the color of coffee beans, but before Ramiro Gomez heads out with pliers and wire to install them, he gives each one a name.
There was Guillermina, named for his Aunt Guille, a housekeeper at a casino hotel; Maria Elena, after his mom, a janitor at an elementary school; and Luis, like Uncle Luis, who delivers meat for a carniceria.
For the last eight months, Gomez, an artist from West Hollywood, has made the invisible visible by installing life-size cardboard cutouts of nannies, gardeners, valet workers and housekeepers in Beverly Hills, the Hollywood Hills and other wealthy areas.

Jerry Gray, 2010 Joe Hill Award Winner
Jerry has been busy since receiving the Joe Hill Award in 2010.
He's made 30 appearances performing and lecturing about folk, protest and labor music in Toronto and Florida; performed with The Travellers at a Woody Guthrie tribute concert; lectured at KlexKanada; conducted the Mormon Tabernacle Choir in a performance of The Travellers Canadian version of "This Land is Your Land"; sang in support of the Toronto Teachers Union.
This summer Jerry will lead a panel at the Edmonton Folk Festical on Woody Guthrie's 100th birthday and perform with Arlo Guthrie. Labor Day weekend will be spent in Toronto in a concert dedicated to life growing up as a "red diaper baby" in Toronto's Jewish labor community.
Not bad for an 80 year old.

Hey kiddos, let's talk turkey - specifically about those turkeys who want to cut Social Security benefits. What's up with that?
Well, it sure as heck isn't because of the deficit. Social Security's trust fund has a $2.6 trillion surplus right now, which is enough to pay everyone's benefits in full for another 25 years. If anyone tells you Social Security is going broke, they're blowing more smoke than a chimney.
Here's the reality: Social Security would pay full benefits forever - not just to us, but to you, and even your kids (hint, hint) - if millionaires simply paid the same Social Security tax rate as most people. Heck, we could even afford to improve Social Security benefits a bit.
Right now, everyone pays Social Security taxes on the first $110,100 they earn, which means most people pay Social Security taxes on their whole paycheck. But since $110,100 is the cap (unless Congress acts to change it), a whole lot of wealthy people don't pay a dime in Social Security taxes on most of what they make.
Not to get all parental - it's your life - but this is important stuff. Because unless you tell Congress to "Just Scrap the Cap," they could cut Social Security benefits - and we might be movin' in.
Tell Congress no cuts to benefits - Just Scrap The Cap. Take a minute and sign the petition.
Mom and Dad

Peace Play: A Guided Journal for Children Ages 4-12
A Children's Book project in Washington, DC by Mac Cooler-Stith

With accessible lessons written and beautifully illustrated by a mother and her teenage son, kids will travel into their hearts through stories of courage and love from the example of children and young people throughout history and all over the world -- children just like them -- children who, in some lessons are in fact they and the children and adults they already know.
The book will be delivered in fresh monthly installments (as sections to be placed in an included three ring binder) which makes it something to open from the mail slot and do throughout the year. Peace Play has been designed so that one book can serve a family of several children, each of whom can place their work into the binder. Schools, places of worship, and clubs will find Peace Play a useful and fun point of reference in a peace and social justice curriculum. Children will enjoy adding their written responses and projects to their own binder throughout the year, taking it home after a full year of work for their parents to save.

In 2013 workshops on Peace Play will be held to support and introduce institutions in the use of the book.
From the sweet little kite flyers of Gaza, to the courageous children of Birmingham's Kelly Ingram Park, to the old favored story of Ferdinand the Bull, to the young men in World War I -- playing soccer during what came to be known as The Christmas Truce -- to the stories and skills of our neighbors and the voice and new perspective of a new pen pal, and the lessons of nature, of collections, of craft projects: Peace Play is a labor of love.
We're looking forward to seeing what people do with it! Support this unique project by donating via Kickstart.

Lenny Moss is Back
He's not a lawyer and he's not a doctor. He's a janitor, a union delegate, a reluctant detective Š and he's back! Lenny Moss returns for his fifth murder investigation in No Place To Be Sick!
This time the nurses at James Madison Hospital are afraid. Too many of their patients are dying from unexpected cardiac arrests. The nurses fear that a serial killer could be roaming the hospital. But when they share their suspicions with the Director of Nursing, she orders them to keep their mouths shut or they will be fired. So the nurses turn to Lenny Moss for help.
But Lenny has problems of his own. His last murder investigation nearly killed him. The post traumatic stress from a brutal attack has our union champion turning away from his friends, his family and his passion for the fight for justice. Even the threat from a merciless hedge fund CEO to buy the hospital, turn it private and kick out the union hasn't roused Lenny to join the struggle. Feeling beaten and hopeless, he just wants to be left alone to do his job.
Will the murderer keep on killing? Will Lenny turn his back on his friends and family and the union he's devoted his life to serving? Find out in the exciting new Lenny Moss crime novel, No Place To Be Sick. Now available in print and autographed from, and available from Kindle version coming in late June.
Also available for purchase from the Labor Heritage Foundation on-line store.

Dissident Arts Festival :: August 17 & 18
Two Stages! Two Days! Two Boroughs!
The 2012 edition of THE FESTIVAL will feature a wide array of artists of conscience ranging from radical jazz musicians to protest singers to experimental artists and everything in between. Featured performers include legends of Free Jazz and World Music KARL BERGER and INGRID SERTSO. Another special feature will be a screening of 'METROPOLIS' with live improvised accompaniment. The Festival is a showcase of cultural workers and serves as a bridge between the arts and the progressive activist community. We feature a great span of just what 'protest' art is: radical avant garde Jazz, topical Song, dissentful Poetry, revolutionary New Music, social justice Film and Theatre, Post-Punk dissidence, World sounds, progressive Cabaret of social change.

Day One: Friday August 17, 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
17 Frost Theatre of the Arts - 17 Frost Street (between Lorimer and Union Streets), Brooklyn NY
Radical Songwriters Forum: 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm:
*JACKIE SHEELER, punk-laced topical song & poetry *DONALD JOHNSON, contemporary songs of work, struggle and life *JOE KIDD, protest music by Michigan-based singer-songwriter *FASTER, the experimental side of social parody with soprano sax/voice and avant guitar duo
*The silent sci-fi/social change film classic 'METROPOLIS' with a live improvised score by THE DISSIDENT ARTS ORCHESTRA: John Pietaro (xylophone/percussion/drumkit/musical direction), Javier Hernandez-Miyares (electric guitar/keyboards), Quincy Saul (clarinet), Cheryl Pyle (flute), Rocco John Iacovone (soprano and alto saxophones), Nick Gianni (tenor saxophone and flute), Ben Barson (baritone saxophone), Nicolas Letman-Burtinovic (upright bass).

Day Two: Saturday August 18, 4:00 pm - 11:00 pm
The Brecht Forum - 451 West Street (between Bank and Bethune streets), New York NY
Film Screening And Discussion 4:00 pm - 5:45 pm:
*'CULTURES OF RESISTANCE', plus discussion with the filmmaker
Concert: 6:00 pm - 11:00 pm:
*KARL BERGER & INGRID SERTSO & CO, improvisational world music by the legendary founder of the revolutionary Creative Music Studio!
*UPSURGE! rad jazz and poetry from San Francisco *CHERYL PYLE & NICOLAS LETMAN-BERTINOVIC, free flute and bass + special guests *STEVE BLOOM, activist poetry *CRYSTAL SHIPP, progressive performance art *JENNIE LITT & DAVID ALPHER, radical cabaret *RADIO NOIR, dissident swing and realizations of the works of Brecht & Eisler *RAS MOCHE, the improv of revolution *NICK GIANNI EVOLUTION, free jazz and more
To join THE DISSIDENT ARTS FESTIVAL mailing list write to and for more info see: and

Don't forget about these news items ...

American Labor Museum Plans 1913 Paterson Silk Strike Centennial
The American Labor Museum/Botto House National Landmark is planning a year-long series of events for 2013 to commemorate the centennial of the 1913 Paterson Silk Strike. Events for 2013 include a year-long strike exhibit, a teachers' workshop, historical bus tour, May Day Festival & Labor Day Parade.
The Museum is located at 83 Norwood Street in Haledon, New Jersey. The museum's hours of operation are Monday through Friday 9AM-5PM. Tours are offered Wednesday through Saturday 1-4PM and by appointment. For further information, please visit the Museum's website or contact the Museum at (973) 595-7953.

Trans-Pacific Partnership
TPP = Corporate Power Tool of the 1%
The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is being negotiated in secret and the stakes for the 99% couldn't be higher. Go to and click on TAKE ACTION today. Share Public Citizen Global Trade Watch's song parody to the tune of Jackson 5?s ABC with friends and family and encourage them to take action too!
Additional information on the Trans-Pacific Partnership, including a music video, can be found on the Labor Heritage site.

Labor Comics Project
Paul Buhle is in the beginning stages of launching a labor comics project. If you're interested in helping let us know and we'll put you in touch with Paul.

May Day: A Graphic History of Protest
It's never too late to celebrate May Day!
A new graphic novel celebrating our holiday is hot off the presses. May Day: A Graphic History of Protest traces the development of International Workers' Day, May 1st, against the ever-changing economic and political backdrop in Canada and across North America. Recognizing the importance of work and the historical struggles of workers to improve their lives, with a particular focus on the struggles of May 1st, the comic includes the reader as part of this history, and the story concludes that "We are all part of this historical struggle; it's our history and our future."

It's available for purchase from the Union Communcation Services at their on-line store.
Buy one for your local ... buy one for yourself ... buy one for your children

New George Mann CD "Patience in These Times" Released
I woke up this morning feeling blessed.

No, keep reading, this is not one of those scams or requests to send money because I am stranded in a foreign city without wallet, ID, etc.

I have finished the first "wave" of work regarding the release of "Patience in These Times," my new CD, and I am off to Oregon for a week of concerts and rest. This new CD, 13 songs that I have poured my life, money and abilities into, is now available and I am writing to tell you about it and to help explain why I am asking for orders and donations toward it. For the first time in my roughly 15 years of making music "seriously," I am truly working poor (and in debt!). But as I told you, I feel blessedŠ

The spring is coming, the people are waking up, and there is much music to be made.

I am "blessed" to be able to live this life and share the songs, stories and history of people who built this country, and fought for a better world. And I am fortunate to have new songs and a new CD of music to share-fortunate in that the inspiration keeps coming, even as I approach the half-century mark!

New material from David Rovics
Just back from a week in and around Chicago for the NATO protests, David Rovics has produced two things related to these recent endeavors -- a song about the terrorism charges against activists arrested in Chicago during last weekend's NATO protests, and an essay (with pictures!) ruminating over his spring tour of Europe, and a bit on Chicago at the end.
The song (MP3 to stream or download): "Meanwhile in Afghanistan"

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