Saturday, October 01, 2011

October 2011 - Anne Feeney's Fellow Travelers' Advisory - VOLUME SEVEN, #6


Rapid City, SD
Butte, MT
Missoula, MT
Bozeman, MT
Spokane, WA
Winona, MN

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Hi there hellraisers!

Well, I'm out on the road in North Dakota with Evan Greer... and it feels good.  My old friends Mark Froemke and Dave Kemnitz invited me to come to the 100th anniversary of the Northern Valley Labor Council and the ND AFL-CIO.  I played this convention many years ago, and have always admired the ND labor movement.  They're currently embroiled in a lockout of 1300 workers at American Crystal Sugar. These Bakery, Confectionary, Tobacco and Grain Miller members (BCTGM) were locked out on August 1st.

Photo by Joe Lynde

Now as the weather changes, and the harvest peaks, instead of negotiating ACS is spending millions on goonie security and imported scabs. And production is waaaaaaaaaay down. It looks like management has forgotten how the beets are processed into beet sugar, as they just can't seem to tell the scabs what they should be doing.  The results have been fires, accidents and injuries.  It's a huge source of frustration and occasional amusement to the loyal workers to watch the plant being trashed by incompetents.  

 Evan and I are traveling with Evan's partner, Erin Ryan Fitzgerald and their adorable 13 month old son Saoirse.  Next weekend we are playing in Spokane, WA for the WA State Public Employees conference.  In the meantime, we're going to do a few shows along the way.  We'll be spreading the word about the ACS lockout and collecting funds to support the workers.  North Dakota is a "right-to-work" (for less) state.  Unlike their Minnesota colleagues, the locked out North Dakota workers do not receive unemployment benefits.  As the lockout enters its third month, you can bet there is real hardship here in North Dakota.  We're going to be passing the hat for these workers at all the rest of the shows on this tour. You can support these locked out workers by sending a check payable to:

BCTGM Relief Fund
c/o Local 167G
100 N 3rd Street - Suite 50
Grand Forks, ND 58203

If you have friends in South Dakota, Montana or Minnesota, PLEASE let them know that Evan and I are out and about and would love to see them at our shows!



Evan Greer and Anne Feeney in SD!

157 1/2 E. Main North St.

Rapid City South Dakota 

Price: $5

More information: 412-877-6480


University of Montana

Evan Greer and Anne Feeney - music and workshops! - 12:00 noon

Missoula,  MT 

Price: Free!

More information: 412-877-6480

Tuesday, October 4th - 7PM

Anne Feeney and Evan Greer - Music for Hellraisers

The Depot

816 S Arizona

Butte, MT

more information: 406-723-7070

Wednesday, October 5th

Shakespeare and Co. Bookseller

Anne Feeney and Evan Greer singing IWW songs! - 7:00pm

103 S. 3rd St. W

Missoula Montana 59801


Evan and I will be singing some wobbly tunes at this book signing with Bill Adler, author of the great new book about Joe Hill - The Man Who Never Died: The Life, Times and Legacy of Joe Hill - American Labor Icon

Price: Free!



Anne Feeney and Evan Greer in Bozeman!


2005 N Rouse Ave

Bozeman MT 59715

US (406) 587-0585 

Price: $7 - 15 sliding scale

Details TBA! Come out to The Filling Station for some High Energy radical music! Please spread the word!


Spokane Convention Center

Washington Federation of State Employees Convention

October 11th, 7PM

Anne Feeney and Evan Greer in Concert

Dib's Cafe (Cloud 9 Union Theater)

$8-15 suggested donation

77 W 3rd St

Winona, MN 


Bruce's vigil

From March 2005 until last night, my friend and comrade Bruce Wolf has organized a Friday night vigil outside Walter Reed Hospital in Washington, DC.  The vigil calls for an immediate end to the wars, return of the troops, funding for veterans' health and needs. For six and half years two-dozen to 200 people have gathered outside the hospital with signs, singing and chanting.

They never missed a single Friday.   An amazing show of fidelity and devotion.  The hospital is closing, and so the vigils come to an end.  Unfortunately, the wars drag on.  I still congratulate Bruce and marvel at this fantastic achievement.


Brain Scans, etc..

When I get back to Pittsburgh on October 13th I'll have a new brain MRI.  I hope I get good news.  You can follow detailed medical news at y



Assuming I get the all-clear on the 13th, I'm going to go visit my husband in Sweden on October 15th... We're meeting in Copenhagen, where we went on our honeymoon, and visiting friends in Denmark and Sweden. I'll be there for his birthday on November 12th and then head back to the US for a wonderful family wedding in New Orleans.


October birthdays & Family News
Casey Horne - Oct 5th, Dan Berlin, Jennifer McCahill, and Maureen Metcalfe - Oct 6th, Jan Boyd - Oct 9th, Jill Weldon Merrill and Bill Feeney - Oct 16th, Shelley Belusar and Steve Merrill on Oct 20th, Della Belmont McCahill -Oct 21st, Mason Avery Gailiunas - Oct 22nd, Carolyn Weldon - Oct 28th, Annie Dinerman - Oct 29th

I'll get to meet Julie's new grandson, Levi while I'm in Sweden!  YAY!

Stetson Kennedy, Rest in Peace

Today in St Augustine people are celebrating the life and work of my dear friend Stetson Kennedy, who died on August 27th and will be sorely missed by all who had the opportunity to know him.  

There's much more to tell, but no time to tell it.
Thanks for tuning in!
In solidarity,