Thursday, March 19, 2015

Children of his rainbow race

GUEST: Wes Brain, retired member of SEIU#503 and organizer with Southern Oregon Jobs with Justice, talks about his weekly radio program in Southern Oregon called The Brain Labor Report.

I said at the end of this interview how encouraged I was that there were other local programs out there with a progressive message. Wes and his crew do a great job out in Oregon talking about labor unions, antiwar activities, and social justice. 

Check out the: Brain Labor Report

Southern Oregon's Labor Radio Program
Wednesdays, 9-10 am

We even started both our shows with Anne Feeney's great song, "War on the Workers," a true hymn to labor activism. His wife picks the songs, and from the selections I have heard on Wes' show, I am going to ask him for her list. Music is such a part of movement building, yet we are always surprised at how effective it is when we come back to it.

March 19, 1963 was the day that the blacklisting of Pete Seeger (and other members of The Weavers) from the folk music television show "Hootenanny" prompted a boycott by 50 folk artists (The Kingston Trio, Bob Dylan, Joan Baez and Peter, Paul & Mary, among others). The forces of repression have always understood the power of song. But they were never able to stop our own Pete Seeger, and we are all the children of his rainbow race. From Poughkeepsie, NY to Ashland, OR. 

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