The Peace Resource Center is endorsing this event...
featuring Chris Chandler, George Mann, David Rovics & special guests
Commemorating the centennial of the death of IWW songwriter, union organizer, and revolutionary, Joe Hill
THURSDAY NOV. 5th, 2015
Doors open at 6:30pm ~ Show at 7:00
San Diego Education Association Union Hall,
10393 San Diego Mission Rd. 92108
Sliding Scale Donation $5-$15.
Nobody turned away for lack of funds.
Joe Hill's life and legacy have been memorialized in songs sung by Bruce Springsteen, Joan Baez (including at Woodstock), Pete Seeger, Woody Guthrie, Si Kahn, Phil Ochs, Paul Robeson (at Carnegie Hall), and countless others. Alfred Hayes and Earl Robinson's "I Dreamed I Saw Joe Hill Last Night" has been performed in union halls and in concerts around the world, speaking to Joe Hill's lasting legacy -- the "man who never died."
The Joe Hill Roadshow national concert tour features musicians from across the United States. Each local show will include a mix of local and national touring artists. Spoken word pieces will be included in many of the shows, and of course, the songs of Joe Hill will be sung.
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On November 19, 1915, labor activist and songwriter Joe Hill (who emigrated to the United States from Sweden) was killed by a firing squad in Salt Lake City, Utah. After national and international appeals for clemency that included the American Federation of Labor, Helen Keller, U.S. President Woodrow Wilson, the Swedish Ambassador and many more, Hill was executed for the murders of a grocer and his son, who were shot in a robbery on January 10, 1914. There is little doubt today that Joe Hill was framed for the crime because he was a foreigner and a well-known labor activist. His death inspired several songs, and his life has inspired many fellow workers, but Joe also wrote some of our best-known labor songs, including "The Preacher and The Slave," "Casey Jones," and "There is Power in a Union," which are still sung today at union rallies and events.