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What a wonderful trip down memory lane.  We were lookin around on you tube today and came up with this wonderful posting for our weekend music enjoyment.

Leaping Lesbians: A Tribute to Women’s Music

 

To add to our enjoyment check out this article by Jamie Anderson: Still finding the fire: Where are women music performers today. Its excellent.

A collection right in our own backyard is housed at CCSU. The Christine Pattee Lesbiana Collection has a treasure trove of Women’s Music, information on Women’s music festivals held in Connecticut and Lesbian pulp fiction books. Check it out HERE. Christine not only collected books, recordings, articles on our movement but was a founder in the early days of the Sexual Orientation Lobby that fought for our civil rights. Christine Pattee generously donated her collection to the Elihu Burritt Library which houses collections from LGBT people and an excellent collection of LGBTQ books. Check out the LGBTQ archives HERE.

Breads

 

This song has long uplifted us here at Furbirds. Something inside so strong was written by Labi Siffre. The song was written in 1984, inspired by a TV documentary on Apartheid South Africa seen by Siffre in which white soldiers were filmed shooting at black civilians in the street. He told the BBC’s Soul Music program in 2014 that the song was also influenced by his experience as a homosexual child, adolescent, and adult.

We want to send it out today to all our readers and tell them take a listen. We as a queer group of people know we are and can be very strong. That we have faced over the years so much and fought our way through it. We as queers know that we are connected to all other struggles and we send this song out to those struggles. To the Black Lives Matter Movement, to the Indingeous peoples fighting for our mother the earth, to the immigrants detained and deported, to our Trans sisters in Familia Trans Queer Movement, to our sisters in the women’s movement, to the Muslim community under threat from the regime in DC, to our young queers struggling on the streets, to the homeless and to those who are becoming homeless due to greed and gentrification of their neighborhoods, to the workers everywhere who fight for justice and to those who remind us that war is not only wrong but unhealthy for our planet, and to the people all around the world who are being pounded daily by war. We remember all of those giants on whose shoulders we stand, those who have come before and paved the way for us to enjoy that which we have today. We promise them we will be strong and we will not give up the fight. Nor will we become hopeless and dishonor them.

We are fully aware that we all will have a fight on our hands and we are fully aware that we can not do this alone and succeed.  Be strong sisters and brothers and as the line in the song Solidarity Forever say, We can bring to birth a new world from the ashes of the old, and we add for together we are strong. Let’s make it happen.

 

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“You know as well as I do,” said Mickey to Moe “that there is a stool Pigeon in every bunch of workers. They come in all shapes, sizes, colors, sexes and anything else you can imagine. But they have one thing in common they all have that brown on the end of their nose.” “Yeah,” said Moe, “we got one at work that we never expected to be like that. Always on the left side of liberal, seen it all, can call out whats happening in this country with the best of us but loves that boss so much that you can smell the poop if you get too close.” He’s been stooling around, finking and ratting to the boss about us trying hard to form a union, which we as workers so desperately need. We are talking among ourselves about why we would benefit from a union and all the checks are in the box marked YES.

Hey Stoolie this one is for you and anyone else thinking about loving the boss and sticking with his bull.

We will tell you right up front, at the job we are at now, we lost our vacations, 2, 3, 4 weeks it doesn’t matter, the new company doesn’t even use that word. But wait hasn’t the boss promised that he will make a deal with the new company so we can retain that benefit? Yeah but you know bosses come and bosses go and if there is money coming out of someone’s pocket book pretty soon they are going to squeal, Too Much!, we gotta cut back. We need real protection not singing and dancing to the song Promises, Promises.

Let’s talk about pay rates. You start at anywhere from minimum wage in your state, or maybe get $10.00 per hour, here a person starts at $12.00 and generally gets 25 cents a year. The union is offering $14.00 per hour. We say give us $20.00! Do the math folks and any one who is coming from a privileged position and argues against is a part of the problem and probably is playing kiss kiss with the boss and doesn’t even know it. Another tool of the ruling class.

We have no personal days, and holidays with pay forget it if you don’t work you don’t get paid. But how about this one, the boss wants his friends and former colleagues in positions here and hasn’t a qualm about saying it out loud. Who will be the first to go? Who will stand up for us? Who will stand up as each one of us are picked off one by one?  How about insurance? Well with the union we get free insurance for the worker their spouse and dependents. Take that $68.00 a week fee for insurance that the company has to offer and shove it. You know that is the price for you only, shit how much for the wife, husband and kids. Up Up Up. Yeah shove it, Yeah real deep. (more…)

Take a real listen to this song. It needs to be heard again in these dangerous times. The song is taken from a statement that Ms. Kalvelage made after she and other women was arrested for blocking a shipment of naplam during the Vietnam War.

Lisa Kalvelage is a German immigrant from Nuremberg who moved to the United States when she was 22, just after the Second World War. Upon her arrival, she was repeatedly asked what her parents, friends, and teachers had done to stop the atrocities of the Nazi regime. The questioning had an effect on her: when she began to see atrocities being committed again, this time during the Vietnam War, she took action. She and her friends engaged in civil disobedience to try to stop a shipment of napalm and to raise consciousness about the issue.

Her story inspired the folksinger Pete Seeger to write a song about her, and Ani DiFranco to sing a cover of that song.

Olmeca teams up with the National Day Laborer Organizing Network (NDLON) and PUENTE Movement (two groups that this blog supports) to bring you a music video depicting the growth of Latinos in the U.S. The video centers around beautiful “video portraits” of individuals and families within the Latino community. These portraits include past deportation detainees and their families, as well as, immigrant rights activists.

For our weekend music enjoyment is the song Pastures of Plenty written by Woody Gutherie in 1941. This version is sung by Holly Near and Ronnie Gilbert.

 

In a recent television interview, featuring Baldemar Velasquez – a vigorous farm worker organizer – Bill Moyers summarized the period since the movie Harvest of Shame: “Believe it or not, more than fifty years later, the life of a migrant laborer is still an ordeal. And not just for adults. Perhaps as many as half a million children, some as young as seven years old, are out in the fields and orchards working nine to ten hour days under brutal conditions.” (See the full interview here.)

Among the conditions Moyers was referring to are the daily exposures to pesticides, fertilizers and the resulting chemical-related injuries and sicknesses. Far more of these pesticides end up in the workers’ bodies than are found in our food. President of Farmworker Justice, Bruce Goldstein writes: “Short-term effects include stinging eyes, rashes, blisters, blindness, nausea, dizziness, headache, coma and even death. Pesticides also cause infertility, neurological disorders and cancer.”

¡Viva La Huelga! ¡Viva La Huelga!

For readers who would like to know the battles that United Farm Workers are still fighting check out the Home Page which is found HERE. On their site is an excellent history of the United Farm Workers. The fight for decent living wages, decent housing, and for the right to be represented by a union continue. Today a bill to expand overtime rules for farm workers has been resurrected in the California legislature. Hear this from one campaign of the United Farm Workers. Hear this and shake your heads and get up and help in this fight against may we saw greedy capitalism. Today in 2016 there should be no need for even having to introduce this bill anywhere in the U.S.

“We currently have a new bill, AB1066, which is in the CA Senate. As bill author Rep. Lorena Gonzalez said,“Tens of thousands of farm workers are toiling in the fields without the same overtime protections that other hourly workers in our state receive. They deserve better. California can do better. That’s why we amended ‪#‎AB1066 — to once again try to get an eight hour day for farm workers. We won’t stop until this bill passes.” 

Go to HERE to support the Phase in Overtime for Agricultural Act of 2016.  (We will support this bill but have to say, this should not be a phase in. These workers deserve overtime now not in any type of phase in. Most american workers would not allow this if it was happening to them.

The Fight is far from over for the agricultural workers and their supporters. Join them.

Lettuce pickers work in a field in the Imperial Valley. (Tim Tadder/Associated Press)