Saturday Special: I Don’t Want Your Millions, Mister

Apr 09

Great old Farmer-Labor song from the Depression, sung here by Dan Zanes and Friends….there are no photos in the video but this is the best musical version of the song out there… Give it a listen….   The song was written by Jim Garland, a friend of Woody and Leadbelly… click here for a little background on the song… It’s still...

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United We Stand, Divided We Fall: Help The UpTake in Wisconsin

Mar 11

United We Stand, Divided We Fall: Help The UpTake in Wisconsin

I am privileged to be on the board of The UpTake, the citizen-fueled, online video news gathering organization that has distinguished itself with smart, timely and sometimes very brave live video coverage of important events, ranging from the street protests of the 2008 GOP Convention in St. Paul through the protracted recount battle of the Al Franken-Norm Coleman...

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Jackboots in Badger Land: The GOP Goes Rogue

Mar 10

Jackboots in Badger Land: The GOP Goes Rogue

Wednesday’s anti-democratic (in all senses) Putsch by Republican legislators in Wisconsin, who shoved through union-quashing legislation without benefit of legal notice or any participation by the minority party, represents a new low in thuggery for the extremists in Madison. This is not some small parliamentary triumph in which one party outsmarts the other...

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More Stuff I Didn’t Learn in History Class: The Molly Maguires

Dec 18

More Stuff I Didn’t Learn in History Class: The Molly Maguires

The Molly Maguires were a secret band of mostly Irish coalminers in 1870s Pennsylvania who fought against brutal working conditions with brutal methods (an Irish tradition, brought from the land of their birth) and became martyrs for workers rights when they were violently suppressed by authorities and hanged by the dozen. It’s a compelling but mostly...

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