Monday, September 28, 2009

OCTOBER 2009 - Anne Feeney's Fellow Travelers' Advisory - VOLUME FIVE, #7

OCTOBER 2009 - Anne Feeney's Fellow Travelers' Advisory - VOLUME FIVE, #7


Cleveland, OH

Chicago, IL

Terre Haute, IN

Champaign, IL

Springfield, IL

Macomb, IL

Dubuque, IA

Des Moines, IA

Winona, MN

St Paul, MN

Madison, WI

Rockford, IL

DeKalb, IL

New York, NY

Indianapolis, IN

Lafayette, IN

Columbus, OH

Cincinnati, OH

Lexington, KY

Louisville, KY

Charleston, WV

Pittsburgh, PA

Copenhagen, Denmark

see details at the end of this newsletter and constantly updating at

Thanks so much for your interest in my music and my work. I'm very excited about the nine state midwest tour that I begin today. I've got 25+ shows with the wonderfully talented David Rovics ( We're calling it the "Union Makes Us Strong" tour. Amy Goodman calls David Rovics "the musical version of Democracy Now!" I hope you'll spread the word about this tour to all your friends in Illinois, Iowa, Indiana, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Ohio, Kentucky, Pennsylvania and West Virginia.

In this issue you can read my take on the G20 and AFL-CIO conventions in Pittsburgh.

You can find out about the fabulous 2010 tours of Ireland that I'm organizing and leading.

You can check out Dennis Roddy's thoughtful article about my friend and mentor, Mary Travers, who died on September 16th.

Did you see the Sing Out for Single Payer Road Show?? I hope you'll do me a small favor (that doesn't involve your wallet!).

And the next time you fly, you can help the American Federation of Government Employees to build a union! I'll tell you how..

Of course there's some family news, upcoming birthdays ...

and if you can be in Pittsburgh on November 1st, I'd like to invite you to join me at the Churchill Valley Country Club when the Thomas Merton Center presents its annual award to Dennis Kucinich!

You can buy my cds at - and I hope you will! You can also digitally download single songs or complete recordings.

I hope to see you somewhere this month, or soon!

In solidarity



The AFL-CIO and the G20 come to Pittsburgh

It was great to have the AFL-CIO meet in Pittsburgh. I got a chance to show off my hometown at its best to so many of my labor activist friends from around the country.

The convention was highly choreographed... not much excitement. And I didn't hear a single union song played on the convention floor. But it was great to see a strong anti-war resolution passed and even greater to see a single-payer health care resolution pass unanimously right after President Obama came to the convention touting his public option. Rich Trumka is certainly more than capable of leading working people into a much more militant stance than we've seen in my lifetime. I'm sure ready for that kind of leadership! I was glad to see Unite/HERE come back to the AFL-CIO. I've admired John Wilhelm since I began working with HERE on the Frontier Casino strike many years ago.

It was devastating not to be invited to sing a single song at the convention itself... but apparently it was a crazy oversight.. on the last day of the convention John Sweeney and I were talking about health care when he said to me - "I wish I had remembered to invite you to sing at this convention." I quickly replied "not nearly as much as I wish you had remembered!!"

Unquestionably the most exciting moment of the convention was Michael Moore's appearance at a reception hosted by the Labor Campaign for Single Payer and the California Nurses Association. (and they DID invite me to perform at their reception!) After rousing speeches from Leo Gerard, Cecil Roberts, Roseann DeMoro and Michael Moore we marched down to the Byham Theater for the US premiere of Michael's wonderful new film - Capitalism: A Love Story. Be sure to see it!


I got to sing myself hoarse at the G20 (the tear gas didn't help, either!). Thanks to a small grant from the HEN Foundation, I was able to produce two concerts and perform at several G20 related events, including the People's Summit featuring the amazing Jeremy Scahill, a soggy health care rally organized by ACORN, and the big marches on the 24th and 25th. I can't say I'm shocked any more to see a city put under martial law, but it was particularly depressing and distressing to see my hometown so dishonored. Over 4000 cops from around the country occupied my hometown and they brought a lot of expensive and dangerous coptoys ($20 million worth!) with them. I knew they'd find some excuse to use them all, and they did. Curious students and aimless bystanders alike in the university district were caught up in the hail of rubber bullets, pepper spray, OC spray, tear gas and batons wielded by marauding macho police.

The city of Pittsburgh refused permits to assemble at every opportunity. On September 24th 1000 folks gathered in Arsenal Park and asserted their First Amendment permit and began marching out of the park toward town.Cops

The park was completely surrounded by cops from all over the country in full riot gear. They outnumbered the protestors. The cops gave up on what they were calling "kettling" us and let us leave the park. Moments later they began playing a tape recorded message ordering us to disperse. A helicopter overhead directed the cops to small groups of kids who were then peppersprayed and teargassed. It was repulsive.

The cops had been given the green light to behave this way by our complicit local leaders (Senator Jim Ferlo and City Council President Doug Shields were great, though) and courts who okayed their harassment in the days prior to this march. The police lawlessness just intensified over the next 48 hours. No group of kids was safe from their brutality.

In 1919 when my grandfather was organizing the "Great Steel Strike," historian William Z Foster observed - "The Constitution of the United States provides that not even Congress may abridge the rights of free speech and free assembly... however, in Pennsylvania the Constitution is considered as some sort of humorous essay." Some things don't change much!

There were a lot of creative responses to the Pittsburgh Police State. Here's a link to a brilliant video that features among other things, my favorites - the Hula Hoopers for Hope..

All told we spent in excess of $20,000,000 on security. The approximately 10,000 people who showed up to protest the G20 did a combined $20 - 50,000 of damage (according to the Police). We coulda bought a LOT of windows with the remaining $19,950,000 ... Meanwhile, the G20 will implement policies that will cause massive environmental degradation, starvation, shortages, riots, unemployment, fiscal instability and the elimination of essential social services around the world... and no cop will be on hand to stop that pillaging.

I sure hope that another world is possible.


IRELAND 2010!!

The 2009 trip to Galway, Dublin and Clare was absolutely fantastic in every way. We had the most wonderful and exciting group of fellow travelers... I've posted a few of my photos at

My Irish partner Tom Pigott and I have set the dates for the 2010 tours of Ireland. And what fabulous tours we have planned! You're invited and I want to know as soon as possible if you are interested. If I can't sell both of these tours by the end of November, I may have to cancel one or the other...

August 10-19th - The Best of the West - Kerry, Clare and Galway

Fly into Shannon airport and we'll show you nine unforgettable days in the musical heart of Ireland - the West. Check out

for a detailed description of our upcoming adventures on the Dingle peninsula, Doolin, the fantastic Cliffs of Moher, the gorgeous Slea Head drive, the exotic Burren, the Aran Islands ... and wonderful live music every night. And of course we'll meet some local activists.

August 22nd-31st - Urban Ireland - Dublin, Derry and Belfast

You'll fly into Dublin for this trip.

We'll focus a lot on history ... starting with the ancient - Glendalough, Clontarf, the Battle of the Boyne - then on to the Easter Uprising - Kilmainham, Arbor Hill, the General Post Office ... a dramatic look at the war for Irish independence - and a full day on your own to explore the wonders of historic Dublin. Days filled with history, nights filled with music, and perhaps a visit to the Abbey Theater. Then on to the great walled city of Derry, the Bloody Sunday Museum, a walking tour of the Derry Murals, and an unforgettable night of music at Sandino's pub in Derry. A day trip into Belfast with a tour of the murals and meetings with local activists. Possibly a trip to the Giants' Causeway and the rope bridge of Carrick-a-Reed...The Rope Bridge

In my opinion, the best part of the tours is the wonderful folks who come on them. You'll have perfect travelling companions, and a most congenial Irish host in my friend Tom Pigott - a fine singer, great storyteller and extremely thoughtful tour leader.

On either tour you'll see Ireland at Ireland's pace. The tours are very different. Each tour is $2050 + your transportation. We provide nine nights accommodations, all ground transportation, all breakfasts, three sumptuous dinners, and admission to many many special events. We travel in a luxurious coach just the right size for our group - small enough to navigate the wee byways of Ireland - expertly driven by our charming driver (and great dancer!) Paddy Downes.

Single supplement is $350.

If you decide to do both tours with us, the cost is $3700 (a $400 discount!).

If you'd like more information, or have any questions, email me directly at


MARY TRAVERS, Rest in Peace

My sister Kathleen was in the audience at the State Theater in New Jersey on May 20th for what turned out to be Peter Paul and Mary's final concert. She said Mary was in great voice and great spirits, despite obvious signs of declining health. I was terribly saddened to hear of her death on September 16th at the age of 72. She will be missed.

I loved Dennis Roddy's story about this remarkable woman - (apparently I wasn't alone there... this front page Pittsburgh Post Gazette obit ran in dozens of papers around the country) -



At the AFL-CIO convention I learned about the campaign to unionize the Transportation Safety Officers at our airports. When their jobs were created during the previous administration, the Act of Congress that created their jobs specifically prohibited them from having a union.

That policy has been overturned, and a vigorous organizing drive is in progress. So the next time you fly, put a nice note to your TSO inspector in your check on baggage... something like:


I support your right to organize and believe that union representation will bring dignity, respect and security to you in your work.

As the only union to represent and stand behind Transportation Security Officers since the beginning, AFGE is at the forefront of the struggle to secure rights and improve working conditions at TSA.

For more information contact AFGE today


If it's not in your suitcase when you get to your destination, you know your Transportation Safety Officer has gotten the union message.





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November 1st Dennis Kucinich will receive the Thomas Merton Award. I'm overjoyed. I've reserved a table for ten. Tickets are $45 - The dinner will be at the Churchill Valley Country Club, 800 Beulah Rd. If you'd like to sit at my table, let me know (412-877-6480 or email to and I'll save you a ticket!



October 5th - Casey Horne, October 6th - Daniel Berlin (30!), Maureen Metcalfe and Jennifer Erin McCahill, October 9th - my sister by another mother - Jan Boyd (60!), October 16th - Jill Merrill and Bill Feeney, October 20th - Steve Merrill, Oct 21st - Della Belmont McCahill (1 year old!), October 22nd - Mason Avery Gailiunas, October 28th -
Carolyn Weldon and October 29th, my friend Annie Dinerman!


I'm celebrating 40 years of agitating on October 15th.. the picture below was taken at my first public performance. It was the 1969 Pittsburgh Moratorium Against the (Vietnam) War on the lawn by the Cathedral of Learning in Pittsburgh.


My son Dan still doesn't know if he passed the bar exam, but he did get promoted to legal director of Asylum Access in Quito. His wife Monique Murad just returned to Ecuador after two weeks training in Washington, DC.

My daughter Amy is back in San Marcos after working on an extended tour with a fabulous young bang - The Blue Hit. (

My sister Kathleen and my niece Kimberly and my grand-nephew Casey will come to Sweden for Christmas with me and Julie.



Monday, September 28th, 2009 7:00 PM
Mad as Hell Doctors Road Show
Mad as Hell in Cleveland!
Laborers' Local 310 Hall
3250 Euclid Ave., Clevelan OH
Entrance & FREE parking accessible from Prospect Avenue
Contact: Elizabeth Parsons

Wednesday, September 30th, 2009
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
Decima Musa
1901 S Loomis
Chicago (Pilsen), IL
Price: $20
sponsored by numerous local activist groups, including CORE.

Saturday, October 3rd, 2009 6:00 PM
Eugene Debs Annual Award Dinner
Indiana State University
Hulman Center
Terre Haute, IN
Price: $35

Sunday, October 4th, 2009 7:00 PM
Anne Feeney and David Rovics in Concert
Gregory Hall Room 213
U/I Campus
Champaign, IL is the contact. Presented by ISO and Jobs with Justice.

Monday, October 5th, 2009 6:00 PM
Anne Feeney and David Rovics in Concert
Brookens Auditorium
University of Illinois
Springfield, IL
For more information: E-mail Richard Gilman-Opalsky -

Tuesday, October 6th, 2009 7:30 PM
Anne Feeney and David Rovics on Campus and in Concert
Western Illinois University
COFAC Auditorium
Macomb, IL
In addition to this show, David and I will be doing multiple classroom appearances. Contact Lisa Barr at lj-barr(@) if you'd like more information about the classromm work. Stay tuned for a possible after-concert party on the 6th to benefit the local low-power FM station.

Wednesday, October 7th, 2009 8:00 PM
Anne Feeney and David Rovics in Concert
Open Date!!!
Quad Cities area, Iowa City???
If you have any suggestions for this date or know of something going on that we could join, let us know...

Thursday, October 8th, 2009 7:00 PM
Anne Feeney and David Rovics in Concert
St Mark's
1201 Locust
Dubuque, IA
(563) 584-9300
Price: $10-15 suggested
for more information contact Art Roche or phone Mary Moody at the number above. As with all of our shows, no one is turned away for inability to pay.

Friday, October 9th, 2009 7:30 PM
Anne Feeney and David Rovics in Concert
Des Moines Social Club
1408 Locust St
Des Moines, IA
(515) 240-5788
Price: donations
The contact is Robin Arnold at

Saturday, October 10th, 2009 7:30 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 5:00 PM
Anne Feeney and David Rovics with special guests in Concert
Minnesota Music Cafe
499 Payne Ave
St Paul, MN
Colleen Rowley
rowleyclan(@) and Larry
Olds 612-722-3442, lolds(@) are the contacts...

Monday, October 12th, 2009 12:00 PM
“The crisis in health care: What's at stake for working women?” with Anne Feeney and health care advocate Connie Perpich
Operating Engineers Local 49 hall
2829 Anthony Lane S.
Minneapolis, MN
Price: $35
"The crisis in health care: What´s at stake for working women?" will be the topic of a union women´s luncheon Monday, Oct. 12, sponsored by the University of Minnesota Labor Education Service.

In her role as senior director of legislative affairs at Planned Parenthood Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Connie Perpich has spent years advocating on women´s health issues at the Capitol and across the state. She will provide an overview of the disparities experienced by women under the current system and the need for reform.

To register, download a registration form at the LES website or call 612-624-5020. Deadline to register is Oct. 2.

Tuesday, October 13th, 2009 7:00 PM
Anne Feeney and David Rovics in Concert
Goodman Center
149 Waubesa
Madison , WI
Price: $15 advance
matt and john peck are working on this show. Advance tickets available at Madison Infoshop, Lakeside Press and the Rainbow Bookstore. Presented by the Madison IWW.

Wednesday, October 14th, 2009 7:00 PM
Anne Feeney and David Rovics in Concert with special guest David Stocker
Just Goods Listening Room
201 Seventh Street
Rockford, IL 61104
Price: $10 adv/$15 door
Advance tickets available at the venue.
David Stocker is the contact -

Thursday, October 15th, 2009 7:00 PM
Anne Feeney and David Rovics in Concert
Room 173 - NIU Music Building
just off Lucinda Avenue
DeKalb , IL
td0raf1(@) Rose Feurer is the contact

Friday, October 16th, 2009 8:00 PM
Celebration of the Extraordinary Life of Julius Margolin: with George Mann, Chris Chandler, Elise Bryant, Chris Bricker, Francisco Herrera, Anne Feeney and the New York City Labor Chorus
Local 1199's Martin Luther King, Jr. Auditorium
310 W. 43rd Street
New York, NY
One block from Port Authority/42nd Street subway station. Proceeds benefit the Julius Margolin Scholarship Fund for Youth in Labor.

Saturday, October 17th, 2009 7:30 PM
Anne Feeney and David Rovics in Concert with special guest Jim Pennell
Wheeler Art Center
1035 Sanders St
Indianapolis, IN
Price: $10-20 suggested Greta Pennell is the contact...

Sunday, October 18th, 2009 10:30 AM
Anne Feeney and David Rovics at Unitarian Service
All Souls UU Church
5805 E 56th
Indianapolis, IN 46226

Sunday, October 18th, 2009 7:00 PM
Anne Feeney and David Rovics in Concert
Unitarian Universalist Church
333 Meridian Street
Lafayette, IN
Price: FREE!
Harry Targ is the contact
The concert is free and open to all.
Sponsors of the concert include the Northwest Central Labor Council AFL-CIO;United Auto Workers CAP Council; the Social Justice Committee of the Unitarian Universalist Church; the Women´s Studies Program, Purdue University; and members of Yes We Can Tippecanoe (YWCT) and the Lafayette Area Peace Coalition (LAPC).

Tuesday, October 20th, 2009 7:00 PM
David Rovics and Anne Feeney in Concert
Columbus, OH
bruce bostick - and victoria parks are looking into this date for us!

Wednesday, October 21st, 2009 6:30 PM
Anne Feeney and David Rovics in Concert
The Barn
1225 North Bend Road
Cincinnati, OH 45224
Price: Your generous donations
Potluck supper followed by 7:30PM concert. No heat in the barn folks. Dress for the weather & bring a blanket for your lap for later --- it's a great venue - thanks to Diana and Len for putting this together!!!

Thursday, October 22nd, 2009 5:00 PM
KFTC presents Anne Feeney and David Rovics in Concert
Happy Hour at Natasha's Cafe
112 Esplanade
Lexington, KY
Janet Tucker of Kentuckians for the Commonwealth is the contact...

Friday, October 23rd, 2009 7:00 PM
Anne Feeney and David Rovics in Concert with special guests Paul Whitely and Kate Sanders!
St John's Day Center
700 E Muhammad Ali Blvd
Louisville, KY 40202 - for more information

Saturday, October 24th, 2009 8:00 PM
Anne Feeney and David Rovics in Concert
Unitarian Universalist Congregation
520 Kanawha Blvd W
Charleston, WV
Price: $15 suggested-none turned away
plantandgnome(@) - Chris Higgins is the contact

Sunday, October 25th, 2009 10:00 AM
Anne Feeney and David Rovics Lead UU Service
Unitarian Universalist Congregation
520 Kanawha Blvd W
Charleston, WV
Price: all welcome
plant and gnome@ is the contact... Rose Edington and Mel Hoover are the ministers, and our hosts...

Sunday, October 25th, 2009 7:30 PM
Anne Feeney and David Rovics in Concert
Bulgarian/Macedonian Center
449-451 W 8th Avenue
West Homestead, PA 15120
Price: $10-20 suggested
Please check out this wonderful venue! A great place to hear music!

Thursday, November 19th, 2009
Close the SOA
School of the Americas Watch Vigil at Fort Benning
Columbus, GA
This event runs through November 22nd. SOA grads right now are killing Hondurans who support democratically elected President Zelaya, ousted recently in a military coup.

Then on to Sweden and Denmark!!

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