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New Project: Key City Singalong

Posted in Other Content on February 5th, 2014 by Noebie – Be the first to comment

We get our firewood from a fellow that has a blade, tool and saw sharpening business here in town. I’d noticed quite a few old guitars and other instruments around the shop there, and on my last visit I asked Dave, the proprietor, if he played. It turns out that he’s been learning guitar, and he showed me a book of traditional Folk tunes that he works from. His eyes lit up as he spoke about his love for music, and his dream of playing with other musicians.

At the time, I thought of how cool it would be to get together with people in the area and just play for the love of it.

Pete Seeger’s recent passing has stirred me to think about the role of music in our world and in our lives as something other than a commodity. I’ve decided to do more than just think about it.

In searching the Web and asking around at the music store, I wasn’t able to find something like this in our community, so I’m working to organize a gathering of people who love to sing, accompanied by traditional Folk instruments. I picture it as a family environment with people of all ages playing and singing for a couple hours some evening once a month. I’m currently looking for a church hall or other public space that would be available without charge for such an endeavor. If you happen to know of one, please get in touch.

In the meantime, visit Key City Singalong | Folk Music Gathering in Kankakee, if you’d like. It’s where I’ll be promoting the idea, and posting further information as things develop.

Wish us luck.

Rest in Peace, Pete Seeger

Posted in Curated Links, Other Content on January 28th, 2014 by Noebie – Be the first to comment

It is sad to learn of the passing of Pete Seeger, who has been a personal hero of mine most of my life.

I’d like to share this excellent retrospective that Sam Anderson wrote on the occasion of Seeger’s 90th birthday in April of 2009.

“Seeger is, quite literally, a folk hero—in the sense that he collected, wrote, and popularized many of America’s essential songs. But he is also a folk hero in the sense that Paul Bunyan is a folk hero.”

Read the full essay here: Pete Seeger Celebrates His 90th Birthday — New York Magazine.

We Remember

Posted in Other Content on September 11th, 2013 by Noebie – Be the first to comment

What I’m Reading: Dirty Wars

Posted in Other Content on August 29th, 2013 by Noebie – Be the first to comment

Scahill brings the secret forces conducting our global war into the light of day. They are not a pretty sight.

We Remember

Posted in Other Content on May 26th, 2013 by Noebie – Be the first to comment

As always as we observe Memorial Day I especially remember Wallace Malcom Hirstein, who served with great valor and courage in World War II.

What I’m Reading: Subterranean Fire

Posted in Other Content on February 22nd, 2013 by Noebie – Be the first to comment

Sharon Smith presents the history of radicalism in the U.S. Labor Movement from the late 1800s forward, with an eye toward reclaiming its rich heritage for the Working Class struggles of today.

The title of the book comes from something Labor martyr August Spies said prior to his execution. “If you think that by hanging us you can stamp out the labor movement, then hang us. Here you will tread upon a spark, but here, and there, and behind you, and in front of you, the flames will blaze up. It is a subterranean fire. You cannot put it out. The ground is on fire upon which you stand.”

Democratic Left Fall 2012 Issue

Posted in Other Content on September 18th, 2012 by Noebie – Be the first to comment

The Fall 2012 Issue of Democratic Left, the quarterly publication of the Democratic Socialists of America, is now available for download and reading online.

Democratic Left, Fall 2012 (PDF Version)

Democratic Left, Summer 2012 (Online Viewing Table of Contents)

In This Issue

  • Labor in the Labyrinth – by Chris Maisano
  • Can the Unions Survive? Can the Left Have a Voice? – by Nelson Lichtenstein
  • Triple Jeopardy: Women Lose Public Sector Services, Jobs, and Union Rights – by Mimi Abramovitz
  • We Can Do Better: Organizing for Single-Payer in the Age of ACA – by Michael Lighty
  • Book Review, Bread and Roses – or Dust and Ashes? John Nichols, Uprising: How Wisconsin Renewed the Politics of Protest, From Madison to Wall Street – reviewed by Maurice Isserman
  • Book Review, The Gripes of Wrath: Frank Bardacke, Trampling Out the Vintage: Cesar Chavez and the Two Souls of the United Farm Workers – reviewed by Duane E. Campbell
  • “Democracy Endangered: DSA’s Strategy for the 2012 Elections and Beyond” – by The National Political Committee of Democratic Socialists of America

It’s S17: Happy Anniversary!

Posted in Other Content on September 17th, 2012 by Noebie – Be the first to comment

Today marks the first anniversary of the beginning of the revolution.

Watch live streaming video from globalrevolution at livestream.com.

For more information and event listings, see S17NYC.orghere or here.

Follow Twitter hashtags #OWS, #S17 and #S17NYC or follow @OccupyWallSt.

Solidarity With The Chicago Teachers

Posted in Other Content on September 10th, 2012 by Noebie – Be the first to comment

The Chicago Teachers Union is currently on the front lines of a fight to defend public education. You can show your support by making a contribution to their Solidarity Fund. Every dollar helps.

If you care about the future of public education in America, take a few minutes to read The Schools Chicago’s Students Deserve - a new study from the CTU which argues in favor of proven educational reforms to dramatically improve the education of more than 400,000 students in this district of 675 schools.


Download the Executive Summary

Dowload the Full Report

Contribute to the Solidarity Fund

Full Text of 2012 Democratic Platform

Posted in Other Content on September 7th, 2012 by Noebie – Be the first to comment

Here is the full text of the Democratic Party Platform as approved this week in Charlotte. I urge you to read it carefully.