Wednesday, August 05, 2009

AUGUST 2009 - Anne Feeney's Fellow Travelers' Advisory - VOLUME 5, #5


Spejaren in Leksand
Blacksmith Marathon in Smedjebacken
Joe Hill House in Gävle
Streaming on Swedish National Radio P2
Folkbildningshuset - Stockholm (Solna)
Labor Day in Peoria!
Pittsburgh in September...
October in the Midwest with David Rovics!

details at the bottom of this message and continuously updating at

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Preliminary Report on the Sing Out for Single Payer Road Show
Sweden in August!
The AFL-CIO *and* the G-20 Come to Pittsburgh in September!!
David Rovics and I Tour the Midwest in October
Family News

Hej, allihop! (as we say in Sweden...)

I went straight from the Sing Out for Single Payer Road Show to Stockholm. My husband is still hoping to catch me with my eyes open. We're settled in to his fabulous new place in Kopparberg. I've been sleeping a LOT! Sorry the newsletter is a little late this month, but I was REALLY tired when I got here. Yesterday I was a guest on the Swedish national morning show (like being on the TODAY show or GOOD MORNING AMERICA).

You can see the interview

or hear me sing "A Song for Santiago Cruz"

or "Have You Been to Jail for Justice?"

And next Sunday, August 9th, Swedish national radio will broadcast an interview I did with Jan Hammarlund on Irish music. The show on P2 is called Irländska sånger (Irish Songs) and will broadcast at 19:00 (which is 1PM EDT, noon CDT, etc..)

Here's the link - and it should be archived there for a week after the broadcast, too.

I'll be pretty busy here this month, but it's nothing compared to last month's schedule, or to how busy I hope to be in Pittsburgh in September with the AFL-CIO convention, the G20, and numerous local activities scheduled around both events. Look for a reprise of the Sing Out for Single Payer Road Show in Pittsburgh during the AFL-CIO Convention!

David Rovics and I are still trying to fill in a few dates on our October midwest tour. If you have ideas, suggestions, email me

I hope you enjoy the newsletter and that you'll stay in touch!

Love and solidarity




What an amazing 26 days! Altogether it was a 3600 mile trip, with 30 shows and several radio shows to boot. Over 60 musicians participated in what totalled out over 170 musical services. We passed out tens of thousands of pieces of literature. We performed for about 7,000 people. We had dozens of good newspaper articles on single payer and on the concerts themselves.

Here are some responses we got...

"Dear Anne, Chris, Dave, Eric, Jason and Joyce,

Just want to thank you all again for putting on a great show! I've gotten some wonderful feedback that it was the best event some of these people ever attended! Now, if we can just get them to DO SOMETHING! I think you also made Rep Bob Filner's day.....and the song you sang for him, he actually thought you had just written it for him!

Have a great Sing Out road show tour and may your audiences be as receptive as ours." (Anita Simons, activist/playwright and presenter in La Jolla)

"I am blown away by the donation from the show...I had no idea there was to be any such thing... I want to thank you most sincerely for this extremely generous gift....HCA appreciates it very much. This is the kind of lift that encourages us all to go on with the good fight! Thank you so much!!!" Health Care for All, Santa Cruz..

"The promotion of your Sing Out for Single Payer Health Care will bring a tremendous amount of attention to the subject. Thanks again for the incredible energy and planning it is taking to put on the Sing Out. Thanks to all of you for your inspiration last night. Onward to Oregon!" Sandra Decker, Contra Costa County Green Party

Anne Feeney's Road Show Rocks Ashland
Vanessa Houk, 08.07.2009 08:43

"I have ... to tell you why Anne and many other fine musicians are touring the West Coast for the Single Payer Road Show to support HR 676 and SB 703 for National Health Care. All across the United States, artists, musicians, poets and writers often have to choose between their craft or finding a job that provides at least some sort of coverage (or marrying someone who has access to health care). That this great country does not recognize the people who entertain us is something worth changing. That many millions of people do not have access to health care is staggering, inexcusable, embarrassing and something that we can change. So Anne Feeney got together with dozens of other singers and started touring the West Coast to agitate us a bit and start a dialogue about the need for National Health Care. What I didn't know is that the show is not "two hours of songs about health care", as she joked, "because that would be boring." Musicians sang about a number of subjects, styles and the evening was full of variety and fun! The list of performers was long and also included Jason Luckett, Raina Rose, Jack Williams, Citizens Band, Trevor Smith, Andrew Pressman, Little Thom, Patrick Dodd and another favorite local performer, Frankie Hernandez. I hope I didn't forget anyone, because they were all wonderful."

From Margaret Butler of Portland Jobs with Justice:
Dear Anne, Thanks again for helping us raise so much money for the single payer work. We are going to start our radio ad buy next week. Attached are a couple of the best photos of you performing! Everyone loved the event! Solidarity, Margaret

From the Port Angeles organizers:

Dear Anne,

Although your audience was disappointingly small in Port Angeles you left a big
impact on those of us who were there.

With the money we raised we have invited Paul Hochfield here to speak on Aug 25 to
raise interest in the Doctors Mad As Hell Caravan. Between now and then i am showing
the DVD at the Sequim Library three different times to get people out to hear Paul.

On Aug 1 we marched in a small community parade in Joyce with our signs chanting
"Hey, hey, ho, ho Insurance greed has to go" and people watching applauded and
chanted along with us. This in an area reknown for its conservatism.

We've got to relearn how to shout louder.



I'm hoping that folks who saw the show will posts comments at or at

We have lots of great dvd footage from the shows, which may turn into a recording ... Right now we're on the front page of

Or you can click here to go straight to the video of our standard 'encore.'

And here's one of my favorite moments from the tour, provided by the incomparable Roy Zimmerman -

I wish I had a link Little Thom's Ashland performance of "I Just Can't Wait to Do a Tracheotomy."

It was such a joy to perform with Green Mountain Grass, and to have their oh-so-talented Bluegrass Dave Wilmoth continue on with us for the last dozen shows. Jason Luckett was the ideal traveling companion and a red-hot guitar player too! Dan Scanlan, Pat Dodd, Bob Wickline, Citizens Band, Chris Chandler & Paul Benoit, David Rovics and Raina Rose all were on hand for a bunch of shows and brought so much to the stage! Every show was different - and every show was great. We raised more than $3000 at the Portland and Seattle shows. All in all, I think we raised more than $20,000 for Single Payer activities in host communities, and we also received great support for the Road Show from many of our hosts. Many thanks to Stuart Henderson, Wes Brain, David McLanahan, Paul Hochfeld, Anita Simon, Leslie Lashinsky, Cate Engel, Betsy Pernotto and Bob Marshall, Rich Staggenborg, Ray Duray, Michael Funke, Louis and Nancy LaFortune, Sandra Decker, Joanne Cvar, Ann Miller, Jeanine Malito, John Chadwick, Margaret Butler, Tom Leedham, Joe Munger, Cindi Fisher, Carol Newman, John Sandige, Steve Zeltzer, the New Morning Bakery, Kate Reeves, Charlotte Maloney, Marc Shapiro, Liz Stein, Grace Cox, Carlyn and all the great folks in Port Angeles, Bob Barnes, Marilyn Kimmerling, Al and Dotty Dale.

And special thanks to Jerry Tucker, Kay and Walter Tillow, Mark Dudzik, Labor for Single Payer, All Unions Committee for Single Payer HR 676, Health Care Now!, CNA, Donna Smith, Shelley Kessler, Sign & Display Local 510, Gary Huck, Peter Yarrow and Physicians for a National Health Plan.

I'm disgusted at the manipulation of the truly stupid people in this country that's being done by the teabaggers - Limbaugh, Beck, O'Reilly etc. It's crazy to watch people shouting down legislators who are trying to bring health care to them and their families.

And the disinformation continues - often with outright LIES! The Republican pawns of the insurance/pharma/medical-industrial complex were actually caught lying:

This is the month to turn on the heat with Congress. I hope you got to see Rep. Weiner introduce his amendment substituting HR 676 for the Obamacare plan. You can see it here:

This got a promise from Nancy Pelosi and Henry Waxman that Single Payer will be voted on in the House. Insist that it come with a Congressional Budget Office study. Single payer is the only plan that we can afford. It will cover everyone. It will expand and improve Medicare and extend coverage to all of us. I can't wait!

Many thanks to the wonderful musicians who made the Road Show happen! I love you all and I'm so grateful you were part of this historic campaign!

Sweden in August

It's certainly wonderful to be here. Even if it means missing my 8th grade reunion.

My classmates and I have been doing a lot of online reminiscing. I'll have to catch up with some of them in September when I'm back in Pittsburgh.



September will be a very exciting month in my hometown. If you're planning on coming to Pittsburgh for either the AFL-CIO Convention, the G20 resistance, or the many teach-in type events in between, let me know.

G20 resistance events are being co-ordinated at and it should be a most exciting and informative time to visit my hometown!

Thanks to some support from the Hen Foundation, I may be organizing a Coop d'Etat in September!


David Rovics and Anne Feeney Midwest Tour - October 2009

Many dates are already settled, but if you'd like to host me and David Rovics ( - the fellow Amy Goodman calls "the musical version of Democracy Now" - check to find an empty date and fill it for us!

If you live in any of the towns along our route, you can download this cool poster in color

or black & white:

and post it freely in your neighborhoods.

That's it for this month! Hope to see you somewhere soon!


Family News

My son Daniel took the bar exam in Washington, DC last week. No more pencils, no more books! He won't find out until November if he passed. He and Monique are on some island in Greece for Monique's brother's wedding. Mazel tov!

Congratulations to Danielle and Dan on the birth of Lulu Pepper Juliana Bern!

Happy 60th birthday to Jeanne Clark!

Happy 93rd birthday to Julius Margolin. Julius is not well. He could use a card or a letter from you. Send it to:

Julius Margolin
PO BOX 697
New York, NY 10033

Happy August birthdays to: Steffi Domike, Cathy Weldon, Judy Wolfson, Janet Stecher, Gun Magnusson Forsberg, Windy Cooler-Stith and Jonas Engström



Wednesday, August 5th, 2009 8:00 PM
Anne Feeney In Concert
Sweden is booking me in Sweden this month!

Friday, August 7th, 2009 8:00 PM
Blacksmith Marathon with Abalone Dots and Anne Feeney
(0)240-65 12 70 is booking me this month in Sweden

Saturday, August 8th, 2009 7:00 PM
Anne Feeney in Concert
Joe Hill Huset
Nedre Bergsgatan 28
070-3186391 has more information

Sunday, August 9th, 2009 7:00 PM
Irländska Sånger
P2 Radio
This radio interview, conducted by Jan Hammarlund with me - our subject was Irish music - will be streaming live at 19:00 on Swedish national radio (that's 1PM Eastern Time, noon Central, etc...)

Friday, August 21st, 2009 8:15 PM
Temadag om Industrial Workers of the World med Anne Feeney konsert!
Häggviksvägen 2
08-290585 for more information - This wonderful event begins at 18:30 and runs until 23:30 and is presented by SAC

Tuesday, August 25th, 2009 8:00 PM
Come to Ireland with me!
Clare, Dublin and Galway
Price: $1950 + airfare
sold out long ago! 2010 tour dates will be posted soon!

Monday, September 7th, 2009 2:00 PM
Labor Day in Peoria!!
Peoria, IL
n.paul9154(@) is the contact

Wednesday, September 30th, 2009 8:00 PM
IBEW conference
Adams Mark Holiday Inn
Chicago, IL
Price: members only
darlene johnson is the contact... 630-434-1683

Friday, October 2nd, 2009 8:00 PM
Anne Feeney and David Rovics in Concert
details tba
Chicago, IL

Saturday, October 3rd, 2009 6:00 PM
Eugene Debs Annual Award Dinner
Indiana State University
Terre Haute, IN

Sunday, October 4th, 2009 10:30 AM
Anne Feeney and David Rovics at UU Service
Tentative - All Souls
Indianapolis, IN

Sunday, October 4th, 2009 7:00 PM
Anne Feeney and David Rovics in Concert
probably at the IMC
Champaign, IL is the contact

Monday, October 5th, 2009 8:00 PM
Anne Feeney and David Rovics in Concert
Bloomington/Normal, IL
mike matejka is the contact

Tuesday, October 6th, 2009 8:00 PM
Anne Feeney and David Rovics on Campus and in Concert
Western Illinois University (tentative)
Macomb, IL
lj-barr(@) Lisa Barr is the contact

Wednesday, October 7th, 2009 8:00 PM
Anne Feeney and David Rovics in Concert
Quad Cities area
Chris Dunn is the contact crisplydone(@)

Thursday, October 8th, 2009 8:00 PM
Anne Feeney and David Rovics in Concert
Dubuque, IA
(563) 584-9300
Mary Moody is the contact -

Friday, October 9th

Saturday, October 10th, 2009 8:00 PM
Anne Feeney and David Rovics
The Art Center
228 East Fifth Street
Winona, MN 55987
Price: $15 suggested
Polly Gower is the contact pollygower(@)

Sunday, October 11th, 2009 8:00 PM
Anne Feeney and David Rovics in Concert
Minneapolis, MN
Colleen Rowley
rowleyclan(@) and Larry
Olds 612-722-3442, lolds(@) are the contacts...

Monday, October 12th, 2009 8:00 AM
Anne Feeney
Women's Breakfast or Lunch (tentative)
Minneapolis, MN

Tuesday, October 13th, 2009 8:00 PM
Anne Feeney and David Rovics in Concert
Goodman Community Center
Madison, WI

Wednesday, October 14th, 2009
ROCKFORD?? (Tentative)

Thursday, October 15th, 2009 8:00 PM
Anne Feeney and David Rovics in Concert
DeKalb , IL
td0raf1(@) Rose Feurer is the contact

Friday, October 16th, 2009 8:00 PM
Anne Feeney and David Rovics on Tour in the Midwest
call me at 412-877-6480 or email me at if you have any ideas for this lovely Friday night!
Carbondale, perhaps??
Indianapolis? Bloomington??

Tuesday, October 20th, 2009 7:00 PM
David Rovics and Anne Feeney in Concert
Columbus, OH

Wednesday, October 21st, 2009 8:00 PM
Anne Feeney and David Rovics in Concert
Cincinnati, OH
mfwood(@) Maureen Wood is the contact

Thursday, October 22nd
help!! Louisville??

Friday, October 23rd
help!! Lexington??

Saturday, October 24th, 2009 8:00 PM
Anne Feeney and David Rovics
Charleston, WV
plantandgnome(@) - Chris Higgins is the contact

Sunday, October 25th, 2009
venue tba


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