Friday, November 30, 2007

Attention Pittsburgh Folks - Special Holiday Fundraiser!!!

Right click on this flyer and save it to your computer using the "SAVE AS" choice that will appear. Print it out and post it on your refrigerator! Forward it to your friends. And MOST IMPORTANTLY - bring a new toy, or new clothes, or a gift card, or cash, or a check to KENTUCKY NURSES ASSOCIATION to the Letter Carriers' Hall - Local 84 - at 841 California Avenue on the North Side between 4 and 9 PM on Saturday, December 15th. Make sure that these nurses have a happy holiday season -- they've been on strike for us - holding the line for safe staffing levels and quality patient care. Let's show our appreciation for their courage.

Or contribute online securely by clicking here:

Hope to see you at the Letter Carriers' Hall on the 15th any time after 4PM -- from 7PM-9PM I'll be leading a sing-along of labor tunes and Christmas carols and seasonal songs.

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Anne Feeney's Fellow Travelers' Advisory - DECEMBER 2007, VOLUME THREE, #9

Anne Feeney's Fellow Travelers' Advisory - DECEMBER 2007, VOLUME THREE, #9

IMMEDIATE DESTINATIONS: (details at the end of this post)






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On October 1, 2007 750 nurses went on strike against Appalachian Regional Health Systems. The incessant mandatory overtime and chronic understaffing is endangering patients and limiting the nurses' ability to do their jobs properly.

When I played in Charleston, WV in early November, I stopped by the nurses' picket line in Beckley. They're a great group of folks, and determined to stick this out.

Read more here:

You can help by signing this petition:

Or clogging up their scab hotline -- apply for a job... hell apply for several jobs ... if they're getting 10,000 job applications a day it might make it hard for them to find the three creepy lowlife scabs willing to come to WV or KY to break this strike.

I applied for a job as an RN at Beckley ... My name was Ms. Scab E. Scab. I obtained my BS in BackStabbing. I was referred to their site by Benedict Arnold. My references included Satan Himself,, telephone (666) 666-6666

You can amuse yourself filling out the application, and help the striking nurses by making it just a little harder for management to sort through the job applications looking for real scabs.

AND, you can contribute securely online at:

or by check to:

Kentucky Nurses' Association
1400 South First Street
P.O. Box 2616
Louisville, KY 40201-2616



I will almost certainly be doing a benefit concert for the striking nurses at a Pittsburgh location on Saturday, December 15th. It will be a free concert with your generous donations to the strike fund ... food, cash, checks, clothing, toys ... all delivered to the nurses on the 16th in time for Christmas.

Check for the location.

In the meantime, gather up your generous gifts for the striking nurses. If I don't get a location for the concert, I'll come to your house to pick up your gifts and even sing you a song!



Jerry Starr's powerful play, BURIED: The Story of the Sago Mine Disaster, will be produced in Detroit, Chicago and Indiana, PA in 2008. I'm hoping to be a part of all three productions, although my 2008 schedule may make that difficult. I'll *definitely* be doing the music for the Indiana, PA production at the end of March/beginning of April 2008.



Just back from the School of the Americas Watch vigil - as moving and powerful as ever - 25,000 say NO! Not in my name! Close the SOA!! Holly Near, the Indigo Girls and Dennis Kucinich and a fabulous collective of musicians were on hand. I've put some photos by Al Viola on my blog and there's a great slide show at: and
Your holiday gift to
School of the Americas Watch will help to close our terrorist training camp.

Chris Chandler and I on stage at the SOAWatch Vigil 2007

The Musicians' Collective

2007 was a year of tragic and devastating losses - starting with the murder of brilliant 36 year old Helen Hill in New Orleans last January 4th; Santiago Cruz, FLOC organizer, only 29 years old when he was found murdered in the union office in Monterrey; my friend Jackie Brown, dead at 47 from breast cancer in Jacksonville; my dear friend Berk Snow, dead in a plane crash at 55; my son's childhood best friend, Joel Daniels Walker - dead at 27 here in Pittsburgh; the dynamic young president of United American Nurses, Cheryl Johnson - dead of a brain aneurism at 57 -- The world is diminished by the loss of Molly Ivins, George Becker, Jackie Alper, Pat Jardine and Victor Rabinowitz. And my hometown won't be the same without Ralph Kelly and Leon Swimmer. The tragic, preventable deaths at the Crandall Canyon mines in Utah remind us all to "Mourn the Dead and Fight Like Hell for the Living!"

2007 was also filled with joys. Lots of wonderful new babies to play with, lots of weddings - most notably (for me) the wedding of my son Dan to the brilliant and lovely Monique Murad. This Thanksgiving holiday was the best ever - family, friends, music, games, jokes, food and lots of laughs and hugs. My wonderful daughter Amy is almost a certified massage therapist.

I was blessed with too many wonderful performance opportunities to list (... but the Salt Spring Folk Club will give me lovely memories for a lifetime!).

Still, I am so touched by the kindness, generosity, dedication and hard work of my wonderful presenters and tour mates: Rick Smith, all the NOLSW folks, Celeste Howard and Georgia Pinkel, Inger and Bo in Gothenburg, Charles King, Kathleen Culver and Noel Beasley of the Eugene Debs Foundation, Don Scheiber, my Telus pals in Smedjebacken, Sarah & Tarmo, Shelley Kessler & all the WWLHF folks, Kay and Walter Tillow, Eleanor Walden, Pat Hogan, Michael Goodman & Sharon Sjerven (!), Ken Orchard & Sharon Hazelwood, Al & Dotty Dale & Betsy Pernotto & Bob Marshall, Leon Peek, Lu Mitchell, Danny Yeager, Jenny Brown & Joe Courter, Ward Broderson, Julia Ayres, Alexis, Arlene & Dave, Wendyl, Martha Shunn, Melanie Crawford, Alan Patrusevich, Dale Morris, Jamie and Matt in IA City, Corey Dolgon, Art & Melanie, Dave Johnson, Ron Haldeman, Helena Worthen, Margie Rosenkranz, Terry Irons, Robert Ford, Teresa Allen, Adam & Kris, Brian QTN, my OCF Faire Family, Ken & Janet Bates, Jim Gorman & Joey Hartman, Larry Olds, all my wonderful new friends in Florence, OR, Amy Newell, Maureen and Al Cholger, Maureen Wood, Jim Cook & the NW Labor Arts committee (!), Cecile and Axel Myer, Dan Kenney, Chris in Charleston, Jim & Jenny Barrett, the Anathoth Community folks, Janet Tucker, Julienne and John Oldfield, Liz Long, Polly Grubb, Alex, Paul Kotheimer, Rosanne Barker, Julius Margolin, David Rovics, Evan Greer and Chris Chandler. (I'm sure I missed some folks I'm going to kick myself over, but it's a start!)

SEASONAL JOKE (From Karen Newman)

Two Santas from rival department stores walk into a bar and get into a fight. Fortunately, a comma and a period are in the same bar. They get together and separate the two Clauses.



The Irish tours are filling up fast. I've got room for six more folks in June, five more in August, and still sixteen more folks for the Sept/Oct tour (when the airfares should be lower). I've set up Google discussion groups for folks on the tour, and we're busy planning our adventures, making reading lists and more. It's not too late to join us. We'll need $750 by December 20th to hold your spot, and the balance eight weeks before departure.

After some preliminary investigation, it doesn't appear likely that I'll be able to arrange any "group discount" with the airlines. So you should start looking into air fares to Ireland. I hope the dollar gets stronger soon... although it's sure making this tour even more of a bargain now!!! Nine days in Ireland with all accommodations, all ground transportation, all breakfasts, three dinners, and admission to most group events only $1750. (This does NOT include airfare to Shannon, Ireland where each tour begins).

We'll have the best of the West - the best scenery, the best music, and many opportunities to learn about Irish history, politics, poetry and more! Send me an email if you'd like more information.



My CD sale at CDBaby continues through December 8th. Take advantage of my seasonal sale!!

Northland Poster Collective
carries a fabulous inventory of union made posters, tee shirts and so much more!

A great source for activist books and more is Burned Books Publishing -- check out my friend John Storhm's fine selection of hard-to-find books!

I've still got a couple music boxes that play "The Internationale" left... $40

Powell's Books is a superior source of books and more. Use this link and the ILWU local that represents Powell's workers will benefit!

It's still not too late to give a special someone a unique gift - credit in the liner notes of my new CD!! For $100 I'll list your name, or your sweetheart's name, or the name of someone you admire in my forthcoming CD "Dump the Bosses off Your Back." I've got 41 of the 62 sponsors I need to finish this CD. Send a check for $100 to ANNE FEENEY, 2240 Milligan Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15218

If you want to use a credit card, email me at and I'll tell you how to do that.

is more than a guide to union made goods... the facts & stats box in the bottom left corner is a goldmine of useful information

and remember -- this season is NOT about the gifts... spend time with friends - do something unexpected and wonderful for someone else. Thanks for staying in touch with me... I hope to see you in 2008!

Happy holidays and much love




Thursday, November 29th, 2007 12:00 PM
CODE RED RALLY!! Appalachian Regional Health Care RNs Fighting Back
ARH Headquarters
2285 Executive Drive
Lexington, KY
Price: free
Exit 110 off I-75

Saturday, December 1st, 2007 7:30 PM
The Syracuse Peace Council presents Anne Feeney with Colleen Kattau
Pebble Hill Church
5299 Jamesville Road
DeWitt, NY
(315) 475-6251
Price: $1-=20 suggested
Colleen is a fabulously talented singer and songwriter in both English and Spanish. This will be a wonderful evening.

Sunday, December 2nd, 2007 7:00 PM
Truth and Artichokes: A Fabulous Tribute Concert for Jackie Alper!
Eighth Step at Proctors
432 State Street
Schenectady, NY 12305
(518) 434-1703
Price: $tba
This concert will benefit the Eighth Step and features Ronnie Gilbert, Bernice Johnson Reagon, Steve Gillette and Cindy Mangsen and many more special guests. I'm ecstatic to have this opportunity to honor the memory of my friend, Jackie Alper, and to benefit the Eighth Step.

Saturday, December 15th, 2007 4:00 PM
Support Striking RNs at Appalachian Regional Health
Pittsburgh, PA
Price: donation
Drop off new toys, food, cash, checks, new clothing -- From 7 - 9 PM we'll have a sing-along of union songs, carols and more.

Checks to: Kentucky Nurses' Association

Sunday, December 16th, 2007 10:00 AM
Caravan to ARH Picket Line
I'm driving down to Beckley or Lexington or Louisville (I'll know soon) with whatever we collect on the 15th... does anyone want to come along?

Friday, February 22nd, 2008 8:00 PM
Four Shillings Short and Anne Feeney in Concert
Allegheny Unitarian Universalist Church
416 W North Ave
Pittsburgh, PA 15212
Price: $15 suggested
If you missed the first concert, you won't want to miss this one! And if you came to the last 4ss concert you'll be spreading the word, I'm sure.. what fun!!

also coming to Pittsburgh in February - THE PRINCE MYSHKINS!!

Thursday, November 08, 2007

Pacific Northwest Labor Arts Festival: Workers Unite With Art!

In addition to the music schedule below, the Festival featured labor art (including my husband, Julie Leonardsson's); panel discussions, workshops, films (including John Sayles' MATEWAN)... a FANTASTIC DAY.. Thanks to Wes Brain for the photos!

Here are some Photos:

Susan Lewis and Janet Stecher - "Rebel Voices" - sing with me

Saturday, November 10th

Pacific Northwest Labor Arts Festival: Workers Unite With Art!
Portland State University
Cramer Hall Room 053
Portland, OR
Price: free!!!

[Schedule as of 11/01/07]
Music Stage - PSU's Cramer Hall - Room 053 (Basement level):

1:00 PM - Native American Ceremony

2:00 PM - M.C. introduces, Festival Coordinator Jim Cook, who introduces the other members of the Coordinating Committee.

2:05 PM - Jimmy Kelly (Santa Cruz) - Founder of the Western Workers Labor Heritage Festival (1987)

2:15 PM - General Strike Band

2:30 PM - The Joe Hillbillies

2:45 PM - George Mann (New York City)

3:00 PM - Film: "A Union Man - The Life and Work of Julius Margolin"

4:00 PM - Melinda Pittman

4:45 PM - Citizens Band (Olympia)

Grace Cox of Citizens' Band and I join Rebel Voices

5:20 PM - Mic Crenshaw

6:15 PM - Judy O'Connor - NW Oregon Labor Council, Executive Secretary-Treasurer
Others - KBOO Radio, PNLHA, others

6:30 PM -The AFTRA Radio Players Presents - A Stage Reading of Studs Terkel's "American Dreams"

6:50 PM - Rebel Voices (Seattle)

7:30 PM -The AFTRA Radio Players Presents - A Stage Reading of Studs Terkel's "American Dreams"

7:50 PM - Dick Weissman - Folk Legend / Musician for the Oil, Chemical, Atomic Workers Union

8:20 PM - Anne Feeney - "The Best Labor Singer in North America" ---- Utah Phillips

9:00 PM - Finale

Solidarity forever!

The UNION makes us strong!!!!

Saturday, November 03, 2007

Anne Feeney's Fellow Travelers' Advisory - NOVEMBER 2007, VOLUME THREE, #8

Anne Feeney's Fellow Travelers' Advisory - NOVEMBER 2007, VOLUME THREE, #8


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This is a great time of year to take stock of all the things we have to be grateful for... I'm so grateful to have you in my life... your interest, your activism and your support of my music mean so very much to me. I'm grateful for the work that I have... I hope you'll get some time with friends and family over the Thanksgiving weekend.
















My September newsletter noted with sorrow the death of my longtime Albany/Schenectady area host Jackie Alper. Jackie's "Mostly Folk" aired on WRPI for many many years and she was an extraordinary person... which is why so many luminaries will come to be part of this concert to honor her: SONG FOR JACKIE

The Eighth Step at Proctors will host a tribute concert for Jackie Alper - featuring yours truly AND Ronnie Gilbert, Bernice Johnson Reagon, Steve Gillette and Cindy Mangsen and many many more special and wonderful musical guests! If you're within 200 miles of Schenectady you'll want to get tickets immediately for this concert... scheduled for Sunday, December 2nd at 7PM

Proceeds benefit the Eighth Step.

Dump the Bosses Off Your Back -- You Can Help!

Part of the reason that Dump the Bosses Off Your Back has been so long in coming is because so far I only have 30 sponsors for this recording, instead of my usual 200... Check to see if your name is on the donors' list below. If not, please, please, consider being an 'executive producer/angel/enabler' of this new CD - $100 gets your name (or the name of someone else of your choice... now there's an unusual holiday gift...) into the liner notes of my CD.

If you can, please send $100 to:

Anne Feeney
2240 Milligan Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15218

If you can't, don't sweat it. Consider buying one of my CDs for a friend... that'll help too. Still, there must be 170 people left on this list who can spare $100 to help me out here.....

(If you sent me $100 for "If I Can't Dance," thank you thank you & please disregard this message.)

Here is the list of my angels-to-date - If I forgot anyone, please let me know, ASAP!!!

Amy Newell, Kay Magill, Jeanine Malito, Jack O' Malley, Rosemary Trump, Rosanna Lane, Candice Carter, Stan Swart, Joel Henderson, Rich Shriver, Shelley Kessler, Tom Herman and Jo Miller, Rose Feurer, Pat Bennett, Berk Snow, Jeanne Clark & Tim Sullivan, Michele Samuels. Courtney Derwinski, Dexter Arnold, Corliss Olson, Charlene Torok Cannon, Martha Shunn, Michael Ruscigno, David Newby, Jan Boyd, Jim Tremmel, Millie B, Sue Vilbrandt, Noel Beasley, Ron Berlin

The new CD will include:

Preacher and the Slave (Pie in the Sky)
Dump the Bosses Off Your Back
Hallelujah, I'm a Bum
Brave New Christmas
Ya Basta!

plus my three new ones:
You Will Answer
How Much for the Life of a Miner?
How Long?

plus these favorites from my cassettes:

No Man's Land
Here's to You Rounders
Whatever Ya Say, Say Nothing


Special Discounts at CDBaby, this month only!

For November only I have discounted all my CDs at CDBaby for gift-givers... (if you buy more than one)... Please visit ....


Music Boxes & DVDs

While supplies last, I have a small quantity of those darling hand-cranked Swedish music boxes that play "The Internationale." Too cool. The perfect holiday gift for the leftie who abhors commercialism. $40 while supplies last. Send check to Anne Feeney, 2240 Milligan Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15218

And, I have a small quantity of the "This is What Democracy Looks Like" DVD in stock. This latest edition includes recent interview with Noam Chomsky and Vandana Shiva. $20 by check to Anne Feeney, 2240 Milligan Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15218

If you want to pay by credit card or Paypal, email me...


Ireland 2008

The Ireland trips for 2008 are going to be fantastic. I can only take 20 people at a time. I've got 13 signed up for June, 11 signed up for August and 5 signed up for September/October ... If you're interested in touring the west of Ireland with me in 2008, drop me a line - - and I'll send you all the details. This is a wonderful opportunity to see the "real Ireland." Music, politics, poetry, history, scenery ... and, of course, Guinness...

You're all welcome!

The Revolt of the Skeleton Crew

After months of dwindling staff due to attrition and layoffs, Heartland Human Services in Effingham, IL was finally down to a real skeleton crew.

Thirty five workers were doing the work of 70 by the time they finally said, "Enough is enough," and went on strike.

These thirty five AFSCME members (Local 3494) have been on strike since July 2nd - almost four months without a paycheck ... The board at Heart(less) (In)human Services is ignoring the recommendations of its own chief negotiator and its attorney ... cruelly prolonging the strike. These workers deliver mental health services to inpatients and outpatients in Illinois.

Evan Greer and I helped to raise $800 for the strikers while we were in the midwest. The 100 delegates at the AFSCME education conference I played at last weekend donated $125 to the strike fund. Can't you help by sending a donation - how about $35??? - to:

615 S. Second St.
P.O. Box 2328
Springfield, IL 62705 is the email address of the employer...
The Board Members are:

Roger Marshall President
Jeff Bloemker Vice President
Pat Green Secretary/Treasurer
Deborah Mahon Director
Debra Owen Director
John Perry Director
George Westjohn Director
Terri Phillips Director

Email them all at and tell them "Enough is Enough!" Time to return to the bargaining table with promises of adequate staffing, livable wages and security and dignity on the job!



Julius Margolin Tribute Concert

The Julius Margolin Tribute show was a smashing success... The lovely auditorium at 1199 - the Health and Hospital Workers' Union of New York was a perfect setting for an inspiring show. Julius was in great form and sang a couple songs with George Mann. He was very touched by the turnout and the music. We raised about $1800 for a scholarship fund to help young trade union activists attend the Great Labor Arts Exchange and the Western Workers' Labor Heritage Festival.


Northwest 2008

I'm trying to decide whether or not to tour the Northwest in Jan/Feb of 2008. My new CD should be ready by then, and there's a good chance that my summer tour to the Northwest will be very very short this year. Does anyone know of anything going on in the NW (or the great Canadian SW) in Jan/Feb 2008?


Family News

November 6 - Kimberly Sever's birthday phatchick(@)

November 12 - Julie Leonardsson picasso77750(@)

Turkey Day plans...

Julie and I will host Amy Berlin and Jesse Dalton, Dan Berlin & Monique Murad, Ron Berlin, Kate Feeney, Kimberly Anne Sever, Bill Feeney and Tod Faller for Thanksgiving dinner.

And in Aiken, Aunt Claire will get to enjoy all seven of her grandchildren and all three great-grandchildren ... Olivia Grefenstette from Chicago, Charlie Warren from Greenville, SC, and newest great-grandchild Marlo Mary of Denver.

San Diego Cousins Dodge the Wildfires

My cousins Jim & Mardy McCahill and Peggy and John Duncan (parents of Connor & triplets Emma, Colin and Tara) live in the "voluntary" evacuation area of the San Diego wildfires. You can imagine the bedlam which ensued when Peggy and John had to uproot the two year old triplets and big brother Connor to new surroundings. At last report, alll are safely back at home.

Hole in One for Birdman

On Wednesday, October 17, my Maryland cousins Kevin (Birdman) McCahill his brother Denny (Yo Daddy) were playing an afternoon round at The Timbers at Troy golf course, in Elkridge, MD. This is an outstanding course, and a very difficult challenge, as witnessed by the Slope Index of 134 from the blue tees, which they were playing that day. The fifth hole is a par three requiring the tee shot to carry over an expanse of open natural wetlands, which extend right up to the heavily trapped green. The course considers this to be their signature hole, and has a picture of it on the front of the scorecard.

It is an exceptionally beautiful and demanding par three.

Denny hit first, and produced a pretty good shot, that hit on the left side of the green, and then bounced into one of the many sand-traps surrounding the hole. Kevin then stepped up, and with a classically smooth swing, launched a high flying seven iron that, after a sweet and delicate draw, landed three feet in front of the pin, took one bounce, and rolled smoothly into the center of the cup! Yeaaaaaay! Hooray for Kevin! A lifetime goal achieved, in the most elegant fashion. Kevin turned after watching the shot go in, and with an incredulous look on his face, rushed across the tee to embrace his cheering brother in exultation.

As if by magic, the beer cart girl showed up as they reached the green, and Kevin immediately bought his first (of many, I expect) round of drinks in celebration of his exploit. The young lady was astounded to receive a five dollar tip just for handing out three beers, but she soon discovered why, and ended up helping with the celebration.

Thanks to Yo Daddy for the exciting account, which I adapted for this month's Family News.



Saturday, November 3rd, 2007 8:00 PM
Anne Feeney in Concert
Unitarian Universalist Congregation
520 Kanawha Blvd W
Charleston, WV
Price: $7-12 suggested

Friday, November 9th, 2007 1:00 PM
Pacific Northwest Labor Arts Festival Retreat
Bonneville Hot Springs
Portland, OR
This festival is sponsored by the NW Oregon Labor Council and others.

Saturday, November 10th, 2007 1:00 PM-9PM
Pacific Northwest Labor Arts Festival
with Dick Weissman, Rebel Voices, Citizens' Band, George Mann & Julius Margolin, Mic Krenshaw, Robert Johnson & a dramatic reading of Studs Terkel's work by AFTRA Members. Plus Art/Murals/Oral Histories & More!
for more information: 503-703-1693
Portland State University
Portland, OR

Thursday, November 15th, 2007 7:00 PM
Benefit Concert for SOAW
Eyedrum Gallery
290 MLK Drive, SE
Atlanta, GA 30312
Price: $5-25 sliding
with a very distinguished cast ... don't miss it!

Friday, November 16th, 2007 12:00 PM
SOAWatch Vigil
School of the Americas
Fort Benning, GA

Saturday, November 17th, 2007 8:00 PM
SOAWatch Vigil
School of the Americas
Fort Benning, GA

Sunday, November 18th, 2007 12:00 PM
SOAWatch Vigil
School of the Americas
Fort Benning, GA

Sunday, December 2nd, 2007 7:00 PM
Song for Jackie:
A Fabulous Tribute Concert for Jackie Alper!
Eighth Step at Proctors
432 State Street
Schenectady, NY 12305
(518) 434-1703
Price: $tba
This concert will benefit the Eighth Step and features Ronnie Gilbert, Bernice Johnson Reagon, Steve and Cindy Gillette and many more special guests. I'm ecstatic to have this opportunity to honor the memory of my friend, Jackie Alper, and to benefit the Eighth Step.

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