Hi there everyone!
In less than 24 hours I leave for Dublin. Our tour begins in earnest on the 29th but I was hoping to get a chance to settle in beforehand.
This will be a really short newsletter, as I think it's probably time to pack...
The Summer of Solidarity Tour was fabulous!
Everyone was so gracious and wonderful with our group -- for most of the tour it was with me and six guys, mostly members of USW. I will always be grateful for their kindness, support and graciousness. We visited 19 cities and were involved in 31 actions - fighting (and stopping!) foreclosures, supporting locked out and striking workers, supporting the fight for $15/hr for fast food workers, rallying and singing to save the Postal Service. One of our great stops was in Madison, WI, where we joined the Solidarity Singers at the Capitol on day 548 of their incredibly inspiring vigil.. They've written a new verse to Have You Been to Jail for Justice? I love it!
If you are arrested by Walker's palace guard
Don't argue or converse with them
Just ask them "What's the charge?"
Ask to speak to an attorney
Call your friend who lives next door
Have 'em call the Lawyers' Guild - 520-0654
Working with activists in Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Detroit, Chicago, Madison,the twin cities, Moorhead, MN, Butte, MT, Missoula MT, Portland, OR, San Francisco, Oakland and Los Angeles CA was a great inspiration for all of us. I also did 17 or 19 performances in those cities with the amazingly talented and energetic and charming punk rapper - Mike O'Brien from Sudbury, ON.
Here are some pics from the tour...
|Frank Little, 1879-1917|
There are lots of shots on my tourmates' FB pages ... Check out Fight Back Pittsburgh, Patrick Young, The Summer of Solidarity page and follow the leads there. This is the grave of Frank Little, intrepid IWW organizer who was "murdered by the capitalist class," a it says on his tombstone. A refurbished grave was the vision of Mike Boyzsa, who, like Frank Little, organized a lot of folks to help with this project. The personal highlight of the tour was seeing Mike and Amy in Oakland, where we had a lovely dinner at the home of Jen Delyth and Chris Chandler
|Here are my darling grandsons, Sebastian and Nicholas, whom I got to see in LA|
MEET ME IN ST LOUIS
I'm so looking forward to the Jerry Tucker Legacy Conference scheduled in St. Louis for October 11- 13. I'll be performing in Friday, October 11th. Be there!
more info at: http://stllaborconference.com/
October 11th-13th, 2013
St Louis Labor Conference
Sheraton Clayton Plaza, Fleur De Lys A Ballroom
7730 Bonhomme Ave
I perform Friday night at 7
Price: see site
Saturday, October 19th, 2013 8:00 PM
Eugene Debs Award
Sycamore Banquet Center
Terre Haute, IN
honoring Eliseo Medina
TMC Award Dinner Honoring Bill McKibben - Nov. 4
Thomas Merton Center's Award Dinner - Honoring Bill McKibben
Monday November 4, 2013 from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM EST
On Monday, November 4, at Sheraton Station Square, the Thomas Merton Center
will be honoring Bill McKibben, internationally renowned environmental activist,
at our annual Merton Award Dinner at Station Square. We hope you can join
with us in honoring this champion of environmental and social justice!
Sheraton Station Square Southside
or visit http://thomasmertoncenter.org/
See you next month! Thanks for your support and encouragement! I'd be lost without it!