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Sunday, May 11th, 2014 11:55 PM

PRESS RELEASE FOR THE "FOR PETE'S SAKE" TOUR with Brad Yoder

 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 11, 2014

 Media contacts: Anne Feeney, 412-877-6480 http://annefeeney.com 
Brad Yoder, 412-443-8439 http://bradyoder.com

 Anne Feeney & Brad Yoder’s “For Pete’s Sake” Summer Tour Launches
 The rabble-rousing spirit of beloved protest singer Pete Seeger lives on -- and this summer, renowned labor singer Anne Feeney teams up with multi-    instrumentalist/songwriter Brad Yoder to prove it. Audiences who attend concerts on this “For Pete’s Sake” tour will learn to expect the unexpected during high energy concerts that feature music ranging from heartfelt ballads to union singalongs to punk anthems.
 
Brad Yoder’s unique mix of humorous, poetic, political, funky and edgy original songs, covering a musical range from folk to indie rock (with unexpected musical and lyrical twists), have earned him a loyal following ranging from kids in single digits through retirees.

 Together they will carry on Pete’s legacy - harnessing the power of song for community-building and social change, and making it irresistible for audiences to join in and sing along. They’ll perform in barns, living rooms, legendary music clubs and union halls.  Their opening acts include start-up local musicians, a rising star in Cincinnati, and in one case, the illustrious Jim Hightower.

 This tour features Anne’s bottomless backpack of hellraising songs, given new energy by Brad's skillful accompaniment on a veritable arsenal of acoustic instruments.  Their dynamic stage performance, which ranges from hilarious to , will instantly and permanently change the opinion of anyone who has ever thought that political music has to be boring.

Anne has traveled to the frontlines in 47 states, as well as Canada, Mexico, Denmark, Ireland and Sweden. Her anthem "Have You Been to Jail for Justice?" is performed by activists everywhere, and was recorded twice Peter, Paul and Mary.  Anne is "the  best labor singer in North America" according to Utah Phillips, and Pete Seeger himself praised Anne’s “fine songwriting.”  Catch her in performance with Brad Yoder at                                                                
 
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Monday, March 29th, 2010 10:28 AM

Enchanted Way is ready at CDBaby!!

Anne Feeney: Enchanted Way

 
I hope you'll order your copy today!  It's a great double cd of Irish music... Enjoy!
Friday, February 5th, 2010 9:08 PM
"Enchanted Way" is a double CD of Irish music... spanning 25 years... 6 brand new recordings and well over a dozen never before released on CD! You can pre-order it ($20) using Paypal to irishsongs@annefeeney.com or just send 20 bucks to my house...


Anne Feeney

2240 Milligan Ave

Pittsburgh 15218



and it'll go out to you the moment they are ready!
Sunday, September 27th, 2009 12:38 PM

This Plan is Your Plan - verses by Doris Isolini Nelson

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This Plan Is Your Plan
 
This plan is your plan / This plan is my plan
From Crescent City / To San Diego
Healthcare for all is / All we’re asking
This plan is made / For you and me.
 
SB 810 / It is a great plan
It covers health care / Throughout our life span
Our system’s sick and / We’re here to heal it
This plan is made / For you and me.
 
Billions we’ll save on / Administration
We’ll lower costs through / Negotiation
With what we save, we’ll / Treat every patient
This plan is made / For you and me.
 
We’ve got the money / Don’t doubt it honey
But so much flows to / Insurance comp’nies
With single payer / We’ll pool those dollars
This plan is made / For you and me
 
Our politicians / Sometimes resist change
‘Cause contributions / They like to a-rrange
From insurance lobb’yists / And big drug companies
This plan is made / For you and me.
 
It covers dental / It covers vision
For all our children / And men and women
No need for co-pays / Farewell deductibles
This plan is made / For you and me.
 
It’s all-inclusive / It’s universal
It really isn’t / So controversial
Now we pay more for less / We’re tired of this mess
This plan is made / For you and me.
 
 
(Tune by Woody Guthrie; words by Ellen Karel, Health Care for All-Marin)
Sunday, September 27th, 2009 12:37 PM

This Plan is Your Plan - verses by Karin Nelson

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This Plan is Your Plan / This Plan is my Plan
From the Coastal Waters / To the Deserts Inland
From the Redwood Forests / To the Baja Bo-or-der
This Plan was made for you & me.
 
SB8-ONE-OH / It is a Great Plan
It covers healthcare / throughout our Lifespan
Our system’s sick & / we have to Hee-eal it
This plan was made for you & me.
 
As I was workin’ / to pay for My Way
I saw above me / a corporate highway
I saw below me the bottom Lie-Lie-Line
This plan was made for you and me.
 
OH I remember / my application
I sent it to them / in supplication!
Oh Dear Insurance / if I am Wo-or-thy
Please, oh please allow me in.
 
Single Payer!  Oh single payer!
My single payer /  your single payer!
Our single payer!  / Our Only Pra-ay-er
Is a’plan that’s made for you & me.
 
So much we’ll save on / Administration
We’ll lower costs through / Negotiation
With what we’ll save we’ll / treat every wo-oh-on
This Plan was made for you & me.
 
We’ve got the Cash-OH
It’s no Problem-OH
SB-8-One-OH
It’s such a shame-oh
That politicians / are so afrai-aid-OH
This Plan was made for you & me!
 
It’s Highway Robb’ry / It’s down & dirty
A Corporation / Is not a Nation!
Take your frustration / & take your Fu-oo-ry
& VOTE FOR a plan for you & me.
 
It covers dental / It covers vision
For all our children / and men & women
No need for Co-Pays / Farewell de-duct-a-BULLS!
This plan was made for you & me.
 
Oh how much More / Ya wanna pay
While CEOs / Turn you away?
We know the WHY / Now tell us When When When!
EsB8-TEN was made for you & me.
 
It’s All-Inclusive / It’s Universal
It really isn’t / so controversial !
It’s Patriotic / It’s our Du-oo-ty
To MAKE it / real for you & me.
 
SB-8-ONE-OH / We need it Now-OH!
SB8-TEN  ~   SB8-TEN!
We know the Why / Now tell us When, when when!
This Plan was made for you & me.
 
(All together now ~ & sing it strong!)
 
This Plan is YOUR PLAN
This Plan is MY PLAN
From the Coastal Waters
To the Deserts Inland!
From the Redwood Forests
To the Baja Bo-or-der
This Plan was Made for you & me.
 

Tuesday, September 22nd, 2009 3:40 PM

Another set of single payer lyrics...


TO THE TUNE OF "SOLIDARITY FOREVER"
ORIGINALLY WRITTEN IN 1993 FOR THE 1ST
NATIONAL SINGLE PAYER TOUR--FROM S.F.
CIVIC CENTER
RECENT 1ST DRAFT REWRITE
thanx to Michael Moore's "Sicko" and recent news
Single payer care for all now,
Insurance companies got to fall now,
Lead 'em know with bile 'n' gall now:
Single player is the one.
 
From Nova Scotia to The Yukon,
There's a way of staying
well.

It ain't at all expensive,
Not like U.S. health is hell,
Whose HMO's and ER woes raise a suffering sulfur smell.

Please, single payer is the one.

Single payer care for all now,
Insurance companies got to fall now.
Their TV ad deluge must make its final call now;
Single payer is the one.
They'll drop you on a skid row curb,
Make you pick which finger you can save;
Their TV ads keep us on our toes,
But we'll still end up in the grave.
While doctors in most other lands
Give their own healing ways a rave;
Yes, single payer is the one.
 
From Prince Rupert to
Havana,

And beyond to British Isles,
Folks go to see their doctors,
Largely coming, going with a smile.
Those docs, they live as well as ours,
Without making an unnecessary obscene pile.
Now, single payer is the one.
 
When Obama was a nobody,
He gave single payer a mighty spiel.
Now, he wouldn't let 'em
in his health care forum,

Fearing insurance companies as his Achilles heel.
His pioneering neighbor doc and Johnny Conyers
Got in on the scene and did they make him squeal?
Nah, "single payer ain't the
one."

 
Single payer care for all,
Obama baby, ain't no time to drop the ball.
You say insurance job loss is making you do the stall,
C'mon, single payer is the one.
ARNIE PASSMAN (510)845-5481
Thursday, September 10th, 2009 12:28 AM

National Health Care Now!! (Lyrics)


 
 
National Health Care Now - © 1991  
Anne Feeney, Brian Cutean and Rory McLeod (BMI)
 
 
Danny was born 10 weeks too soon
Premature baby in the ICU
Could have saved a dollar if we’d spent a dime
What we did to Danny was a low-down crime
 
Something’s gone wrong, won’t you tell me why
The rich folks live and the poor folks die?
Living is a thing that money can buy
The rich folks live and the poor folks die!
 
When I started this job check-ups were free
Now there ain’t no cure for what’s wrong with me
My health care benefits gone away
With the lie that the company calls “co-pay.”
 
Private insurance just makes no sense
Get a brand new liver at huge expense
But dentures, glasses, hearing aids
Are luxury items, friends, and don’t get paid
 
When you’re poor getting health care’s too damn hard
Got the third world right here in our back yard
Listen up Mr. Jones and Mr. Dow
We want National Health Care Now!
We want National Health Care Now!
We want National Health Care Now!
We want National Health Care Now!
We want National Health Care Now!
 
This song is available on Itunes and most other digital services as well as on disc from http://cdbaby.com or by calling 1-800-BUY-MY-CD on Anne Feeney’s 2004 release “Union Maid” – support independent artists!
 
http://annefeeney.com  * 2240 Milligan Ave, Pittsburgh, PA  15218 * 412-877-6480
 
 
 
Thursday, August 6th, 2009 9:34 AM

From Our Port Angeles Host for the Sing Out for Single Payer Road Show

Dear Anne,

Although your audience was disappointingly small in Port Angeles you left a big
impact on those of us who were there.

With the money we raised we have invited Paul Hochfield here to speak on Aug 25 to
raise interest in the Doctors Mad As Hell Caravan. Between now and then i am showing
the DVD at the Sequim Library three different times to get people out to hear Paul.

On Aug 1 we marched in a small community parade in Joyce with our signs chanting
"Hey, hey, ho, ho Insurance greed has to go" and people watching applauded and
chanted along with us. This in an area reknown for its conservatism.

We've got to relearn how to shout louder.

Yours
Carlyn
Saturday, June 27th, 2009 7:42 AM

Deborah Van Kleef's "Talking Health Care Blues"

Talking Health Care

Woke up one morning, I was feeling sick
I called up the doctor to see me quick.
A voice on the phone said with no hesitation,
"If you've got insurance, you're our patient!"
I said, "It's just a sore throat, I'll pay the bill."
She said, "Well it'll be 90 bucks to look at your tonsils
And 150 to establish you as a patient."

So I called around to some companies,
And I said, "I'd like to buy some insurance, please."
They said, "We'll have to examine you first
To find out if you're an acceptable risk.
We've got to make sure you won't actually get sick.
You know insurance is for healthy people."

Well they analyzed my blood and my pee.
They scrutinized every inch of me,
Took the medical history of all my relations
Back about a dozen generations.
Then they said, "We've got to know one more thing:
Do you have any pre-existing conditions?"
"Just one," I said, "But it's terminal.  It's called 'life'."

So they signed me up and told me the terms
For helping my body to fend off germs,
With a co-payment here, a deductible there,
And a sky-high premium for each month's care.
They said, "If you have to go to the hospital, don't worry.
We'll be right there looking over your doctor's shoulder!"

I was starting to see where the problem lay,
And why I was having to pay and pay.
I said "This isn't really about my health,
It's something to do with increasing your wealth."
They said, "What country do you think you're living in:  CUBA?!...
Japan... England... New  Zealand... Spain... Germany...  Iceland...
France... Australia... Chile... the Netherlands... Portugal... Sweden...
Norway... Hungary... Denmark...?"
        Well the truth is, with those expectations
        you could be living in any industrialized        
        country in the world, except for these United States,
        where there's forty-seven million of        
        us out here on our own.

Yes, health care ought to be guaranteed.
It's about our lives, not some middleman's greed;
And if we all get together and organize
We can have a new system -- get rid of those guys!
Yup, we'll have universal coverage,
Health care for people, not for profit...
Why, pretty soon we'll all be feeling so good
We'll think we died and went to - Canada!

Words (c) 1995 Deborah Van Kleef



Monday, June 22nd, 2009 5:05 PM

Tell ABC: Include Single-Payer in Healthcare Debate

http://www.fair.org/index.php?page=3816
 
ABC News is preparing for a day of in-depth of coverage on President Barack Obama's healthcare proposal on June 24, broadcasting from the White House and including an interview with Obama on Good Morning America and an hour-long Primetime "town hall" discussion featuring Obama and questions from audience members. Concerns have been raised about whether ABC's special programming will convey a full spectrum of opinion on the healthcare reform debate--but the views perhaps most likely to be left out have so far gotten little attention.

Complaints from the right about ABC's plans have gotten widespread play. The Republican National Committee, which attempted to buy ad time during the specials and was rejected, condemned "ABC's astonishing decision to exclude opposing voices on this critical issue" (Real Clear Politics, 6/17/09).

ABC said that its policy against advocacy ads was longstanding (FoxNews.com, 6/18/09); in a statement on ABCNews.com (6/16/09), the network declared: "ABC News prides itself on covering all sides of important issues.... In the end, no one watching, listening to, or reading ABC News will lack for an understanding of all sides of these important questions."

FAIR certainly hopes ABC stands by its claims and covers all sides of the healthcare debate--and there is little doubt that the network will bring up the complaints about a "government-run healthcare system" that the GOP has made.

More likely to be excluded is any discussion of a single-payer healthcare plan, which polls show is favored by a majority of both the public and physicians. However, corporate media have demonstrated a profound aversion to talking about single-payer.

A recent FAIR study (3/6/09) showed that of hundreds of newspaper and broadcast stories on healthcare reform in the week leading up to Obama's March 5 healthcare summit, only five included the views of single-payer advocates; none of those appeared on television. A Nexis search of all ABC News transcripts for the past six months shows that single-payer has been mentioned only four times, three of them by opponents dismissing the idea (3/5/09, 6/14/09, 6/14/09) and once in a reference to Medicare by liberal economist Paul Krugman (5/31/09).

The New York Times (6/19/09) recently illustrated the general media sentiment about single-payer and the healthcare debate:


Seeking broad popular support, the president and congressional leaders have played between the 40-yard lines of the health policy spectrum. Those who favor a single-payer, government-run insurance system have been marginalized, along with those who would unleash the system to the free market.



Of course, the decision to marginalize single-payer is a decision to avoid playing between the 40-yard lines. The Times and the rest of the corporate media are the ones who have decided that single-payer doesn't have "broad popular support," regardless of what their polling tells them (FAIR Blog, 6/19/09). And that makes healthcare "reform" more possible than it was under the Clinton administration, explains CNN senior medical correspondent Elizabeth Cohen (3/5/09; FAIR Action Alert, 3/12/09):

Fifteen years ago you sometimes heard--actually you heard quite a bit--people saying: "Let's have a single-payer system like in Canada. The government is going to be the health insurer for everybody." You don’t hear that as much as you used to. So more people are on the same page more than they once were.



According to an ABC press release (Note, 6/15/09), the town hall discussion will be moderated by Charles Gibson and Diane Sawyer, but also taking part will be ABC medical editor Dr. Timothy Johnson, who "will focus on different ideas for how to fix the system and how proposed changes will impact our already fragile economy."

In the past (ABC, 10/21/03), Johnson has provided insightful coverage of single-payer, debunking myths and explaining its broad support and benefits. ABC and Johnson should be sure to include such insight in their coverage of Obama's healthcare plan on June 24.

ACTION: Urge ABC to include a discussion of the single-payer plan in its coverage of the healthcare debate on June 24.

CONTACT:
ABC News Primetime
Webform: http://abcnews.go.com/Site/page?id=3271346&cat=Primetime
Monday, June 15th, 2009 8:20 PM

(A Cure for) The Pennsylvania Health Care Blues

 
 
 
(A Cure for) The Pennsylvania Health Care Blues [Health Care for All!]
© 2009 Donald W. Gallagher, Jr
 
 
C                F                      C         
Oh, why can’t we all have great health care
                        F   C             G G7                   
Like our fifty state senators do?      [like United States Senators do?]
            C             C7                       F
Their cost is so small, they pay nothing at all
                 G                   G7          C-F-C
And the State Reps get all of this too.  [and the Congress gets all of this too]
 
 
Chorus:
F                              C
Health care for all. Health Care for all
C                 F   C    G  G7
No further ado or delay
F                              C                 E7Am
Health care for all. Health care for all.
         C                      G7                C-F-C
The Commonwealth leading the way.  [The people are leading the way]
 
 
So how is all of it paid for?
Who gives them this major award?
To heal up their ulcers and prostates
While they tell us to pray to the Lord…
It’s the Keystone taxpayers’ burden  [Of course, it’s the taxpayers burden]
To employ all those under the dome
In an “at-will” state, our votes are their fate  [We’re irate enough to determine their fate]
We can send every one of them home! [We can vote every one of them home!]
 
 
There’s a donation jar at the WaWa [or Walgreen’s]
To help pay huge hospital bills  [To help with the financial ills]
For another unfortunate family
Bankrupted by financial ills  [Bankrupted by medical bills.]
How can this be in our country
The land of the brave and the free?
Where there’s money for weapons and Wall Street
But there’s nothing for you and for me.
 
Remember the 14th Amendment
The equal protection decree?
It guarantees rights to all persons
Constitutional equality
Health care’s a right for all people
As all major countries declare
Well – all except us – so let’s make a fuss
We want coverage for all this year [We can win it – and this is the year!]
 
Last Chorus:
 
Health care for all, health care for all
We need it right now, don’t delay
Health care for all, health care for all
The need is so great – seize the day!
 
[I suggest some more universal lyrics for those outside of Pennsylvania – Great song, Don! – He wants you to sing it – just give him credit!!   ]
 
Thursday, June 11th, 2009 11:10 PM

Lyrics to Joan Hill's wonderful "We're Nursing as Fast as We Can"

 
 
 
 
Nursing as Fast as We Can - © Joan Hill
 
 
We're nursing as fast as we can. We're running with bandages and bedpans.
Oh, the patients are sicker, and the discharges quicker & the Reasons are slicker why they can't afford more nurses who are Nursing as fast as we can---- And more cuts in nursing are planned. 
Oh the loads don't get lighter, and the staffing is tighter,
and we're nursing as fast as we can.

Your anxiety's legitimate, I'll grant - You've been admitted for a liver transplant.
You see the nurses scurry. Everybody's in a hurry,
And you've just begun to worry that we won't have time for you.
Our time is limited, you understand.  We can't do right by you within our budget.
Your insurance plan is tight, so you can't even spend the night.

We'll just send you home to do the best you can.

Meanwhile, we're nursing as fast as we can.

We're running with bandages and bedpans.
Oh, the patients are sicker, and the discharges quicker, and the

Reasons are slicker why they can't afford more nurses who are
Nursing as fast as we can----And more cuts in nursing are planned.
Though the schedule's obnoxious, and the pace is prepost'rous,

and we're nursing as fast as we can.

I feel I must apologize to you. You messed your bed and had to lie in doo-doo.
But I was very busy, I was running in a tizzy,

and I over-optimistically thought I'd get to you….
But I had seven other patients, too, And one of them was bleeding in his pillow.
When priorities were reckoned, it was you who came in second, and
First was all that I had time to do….

Because we're nursing as fast as we can.

We're running with bandages and bedpans.
Oh, the patients are sicker and the discharges quicker, and the

Reasons are slicker why they can't afford more nurses who are
Nursing as fast as we can. And more cuts in nursing are planned,
Though infections are spreading, and mistakes we are dreading,

for we're nursing as fast as we can.
 
 
 
 
 
We worry for our patients, yes we do. 
They come to us much sicker than they used to.
We know they need trained nurses, but the bosses watch their purses.
When it's patient safety versus profit, we know what they'll do.
Nurses who are registered must go. 

They hire nurses' aides because they're cheaper.
They should know, for patients' sake, that this could be a grave mistake,

but it's a chance they'll take to save a little dough.

And we are nursing as fast as we can.

We're running with bandages and bedpans.
And what's in them is stinking, just like management's thinking,

as our standards are sinking, and the risks we take are rising,
Like the salaries for those at the top. This misallocation must stop! 
Our superfl'ous superiors sit upon their posteriors in the
Comfy interiors of their offices and lounges, while we're nursing as fast as we can.
We must find a way to demand  - (WE DEMAND!!)-  that patients won't be dying,

`cause some corporation's trying - to cut nursing as fast as they can…
SINGLE PAYER, FRIENDS, THE ONLY REAL PLAN!!


 
Friday, May 15th, 2009 12:36 AM

Sing Out for Single Payer!

Imagine a month of hilarious, informative, inspiring concerts sponsored by Single Payer advocates from Santa Cruz to Bellingham!
 
It can happen THIS JULY with your help.
 
I need:
 
Organizations to sponsor the tour and individual concerts
 
Performers who support single payer who would like to perform at the concerts
 
A 501(c)(3) organization willing to serve as the conduit for donations to support this tour.
 
A logo
 
Donations
 
If you can help with any of these items, please email me ASAP anne@annefeeney.com or call 412-877-6480
 
Thanks!
 
Anne
Sunday, May 3rd, 2009 12:46 AM

Pete Seeger's Birthday Party

hope you can join me at the pre-concert party at Fat Annie's located at 133 w 33rd st between 6th and 7th ...  i'll be there from 2:30PM on with my sister, Kate, who is celebrating her 56th birthday tomorrow....
 
and AFTER the concert, come by the green room at Stout's for an after-concert party...
 
stout's is located next door at 131 W 33rd.
 
 
Woo hoo! what fun!
 
my cell is 412-877-6480
 
i'm in 350, row E, seats 1-4
 
 
Tuesday, September 2nd, 2008 10:05 AM

September 2008 Fellow Travelers' Advisory

Greetings from Austin, TX!

Hi Folks:

I'm leaving in an hour for the airport to head off to the Oregon
Coast for an action-packed tour that ends in Portland at a fabulous
Peace and Justice Studies Conference featuring Ann Wright, Kathy
Kelly and Steven Zunes and lots of great music by me and David
Rovics.

all the details are posted at http://annefeeney.com/calendar.html -
PLEASE come to my Oregon gigs and/or tell your friends to come!


ANYONE FEELING ADVENTUROUS?

PLEASE consider a spur-of-the-moment decision to join this third tour
of Ireland! We've still got a dozen empty seats and a splendid time is
guaranteed. You arrive in Ireland on September 30 and return on
October 9th, having had the time of your life! (I promise!)

http://annefeeney.com/Pages/enchantedwaytours.html and a detailed
itinerary for this trip is at
http://www.enchantedwaytours.ie/?page_id=13

Here's a link to some great photos from the last tour by tourmate
Robert Howell

http://home.comcast.net/~irow/Ireland/

Drop me an email if you're interested. If you've got a passport and
an urge to travel I've got a fantastic offer for you.


UPCOMING TOUR INFO

From there it's off to the European Social Forum in Copenhagen, a few
gigs in southern Sweden and Denmark and then the final tour of Ireland
for 2008.

I'm booking TX for December. Then off to California, Oregon,
Washington and BC in Jan/Feb 2009. Some of these dates will be with
the fabulous REBEL VOICES - Janet Stecher and Susan Lewis. Let me
know if you'd like us to come to your town.


CHAOS IN THE TWIN CITIES

Amy Goodman and the Democracy Now crew were arrested in St Paul at
the convention. My friends Roy Zimmerman, David Rovics and the Prince
Myshkins are all on the scene.

Just what we needed - a gun-toting creeationist pro-life hunter with
a pregnant teenage daughter for the Republican ticket -- that ought
to attract the women's vote!





FAMILY NEWS - BIRTHDAYS


We celebrated my daughter Amy's 27th birthday (September 1) in style
throughout the 2008 Kerrville Wine and Music Festival. Her boyfriend
Jesse Dalton's band - Green Mountain Grass - performed the last night
of the festival and rocked the house! My son Dan returned to the
Quiet Valley Ranch for the first time since 2002 to help with the
celebrations and brought his wonderful wife Monique with him. It was
a great family weekend in Kerrville!

My husband has sold his house and moved to Kopparberg - about 30
miles from his hometown of Smedjebacken.

Christina Mumphrey - Sep 3, Mary Grefenstette - Sep 11,
Kris Deelane - Sep 12, Folk legend Faith Petric - Sep 13 1915, Tod
Faller - Sep 14, Mardy Weber McCahill - Sep 21, Mary Kerchner - Sep
25, Kay McCahill Mumphrey - Sep 25, Charlie Warren - Sep 27 2006

Keep my friend Robert Morrison in your thoughts. I heard he had a
terrible fall in Denton, TX just before this year's festival.

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could not do this without you!

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THE TOUR

Saturday, September 6th, 2008 7:30 PM
Concert at Colette's
Colette's: Good Food and Hungry Minds
3229 Broadway #H
North Bend, OR
(541) 751-1475
http://www.colettescrepes.com/1294187.html
Price: $15 suggested


Sunday, September 7th, 2008 8:00 PM
House Concert
Ken and Janet Bates' place
89569 Sunny Loop Lane
Bandon, OR 97411
info@janetbates.com for reservations and directions


Monday, September 8th, 2008 6:30 PM
Anne Feeney in Concert in the Bromley Room
Florence Public Library
Florence, OR
Price: $10 suggested
gvkelly(@)oregonfast.net


Tuesday, September 9th, 2008 7:00 PM
Anne Feeney in Concert
USW Local
1400 SE Salem Ave
Albany, OR 97321
Price: $15 suggested
email roknron_99(@)yahoo.com for more info


Wednesday, September 10th, 2008 8:00 PM
Anne Feeney in Concert with Brian QTN!!!
Sam Bond's Garage
407 BLAIR BLVD
Eugene, OR
http://www.sambonds.com/
Price: $8


Thursday, September 11th, 2008 12:00 PM
PJSA Conference
Portland State University
Portland, OR
http://www.peacejusticestudies.org/conference/
this conference runs through Sept 14th
tom hastings is the contact
pcwtom(@)gmail.com


Wednesday, September 17th, 2008 8:00 PM
European Social Forum
Malm
Friday, August 1st, 2008 7:23 AM

AUGUST 2008 - Anne Feeney's Fellow Travelers' Advisory - VOLUME FOUR,

Hej! Hello from Smedjebacken! Thanks for signing up for my
once-a-month email news .... Drop me a line and let me know what
you're up to... and thanks sooooo much for your support and your
interest in my music and my work!


IMMEDIATE DESTINATIONS:

complete and updated info @ http://annefeeney.com/calendar.html

Please tell your friends that I'm headed to ---

Joe Hill's Birthplace Museum - G
Sunday, April 27th, 2008 10:47 AM

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and many more! Plus workshops and children's stages.
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Friday, April 25th, 2008 1:07 AM

The Egg and I

Well, the doc says the lump has to come out. I've got an MRI scheduled
(if my f%#!ing insurance company okays it) for April 29th. She should be able to determine after the MRI if the lump is in breast tissue (in which case it's a partial mastectomy) or in muscle tissue (in which case i
forget what she said it was... as soon as she said the word "mastectomy" my heart started racing and i forgot i was an adult).

Once the bugger is extracted (it's VERY small now... 1 cm at most) they'll be able to figure out what it is, and we'll come up with post op
treatments.

She says that I am very lucky that this lump engorged with blood so that it could be detected, and that the core biopsy caught the atypical cells ...she thought it much more likely that the biopsy would have just picked up blood from the tumor. She makes it sound like this will be pretty simple and the recovery very quick.

The Lump-outa-me (so far, I just can't use that "m" word) is scheduled for 12 May. She says I'll be fine to drive to Madison the next day to perform at the Utah Phillips benefit.

So.. that's the news... sounds like I'm a lucky girl

Thanks for your concern.

Love

Anne
Saturday, March 1st, 2008 11:46 AM

Anne Feeney's Fellow Travelers' Advisory - MARCH 2008, VOLUME THREE, #12

IMMEDIATE DESTINATIONS:

(details at the end of this post and continuously updating at http://annefeeney.com/calendar.html)

CLEVELAND - March 1 and 2 - Hey folks -- if you know anyone in the Cleveland area, PLEASE email them the details about these shows

FLORIDA - March 6-19

Nineteen gigs in 14 days in 10 cities, plus 4 or 5 in-class presentations! Check the details at the end or continuously updating at http://annefeeney.com/calendar.html

Tallahassee
St Augustine
Orange City
Jacksonville
Tampa
Sarasota
Gainesville
Ft Myers
Lake Worth
Dania Beach



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IN THIS ISSUE:

New CD is ready!!!
End of an era
Florida tour
BURIED
Grant update
Oscars
Julius Margolin & Utah Phillips Health Updates
March Birthdays
Family News
Tour Dates



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DUMP THE BOSSES OFF YOUR BACK


It's finished!!! ... I dropped off the master at the duplicator this afternoon. I am SOOOOOOOOO excited. This is unquestionably my best CD ever. You're going to love it. It will be ready in about two weeks and I'll have it for sale on CDBaby very soon after that. I spent today writing thank you notes and addressing mailers to all the $100 sponsors of the CD -- They'll be the first to get these 15 tunes:

1. Dump the Bosses off your Back 2:02
2. Preacher and the Slave 3:24
3. You Will Answer 2:54
4. Hillcrest Mine 3:11
5. Goonies 2:40
6. We Fought Back 2:44
7. Santiago Cruz 2:54
8. Ya Basta 3:12
9. Sago 3:43
10. 50¢ Sneakers and Five Dollar Wine 3:04
11. Hallelujah, I'm a Bum 4:03
12. How Much for the Life of a Miner? 2:43
13. How Long? 4:29
14. Brave New Christmas 4:01
15. Whatever You Say, Say Nothing 2:15


It's too late to get your name in the liner notes of the CD, but if you'd like to help me with the crushing $14,000 debt I'm carrying from this project, I'd sure appreciate it.

Your check to :


Anne Feeney * 2240 Milligan Ave * Pittsburgh, PA 15218


will be most welcome and deeply appreciated. You can send me a donation via paypal too... there's a "Donation" button just underneath my picture on the right hand side of my blog
http://fellow-travelers-advisory.blogspot.com/

And many many thanks to the folks who stepped up to help me with this. Doing a recording is a real leap of faith on a budget like mine, but when you get to hear it, you'll think it was worth it, I'm sure. Commander Cody came in to play piano and sing on "Preacher and the Slave." The Austin Lounge Lizards harmonized my a capella gospel tune "You Will Answer," and Pat and Sandy (Emma's Revolution) harmonize on "Hillcrest Mine." And when you hear the lush magnificent harmonies that Anne Weiss arranged for "How Long?" you'll be dazzled!

I'm doing a CD release concert in Detroit on the Sunday of Labor Notes - April 13th...

I'd love to do a CD release concert in your hometown too - so let me know if you have any ideas. Also.. if you have a great folk show on the radio, let me know about it. I'm happy to send CDs to your favorite folk show... and I'll tell them you sent me!

If you write reviews of folk music for any publication, let me know and I'll send you a review copy!



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End of an era... Martin D-28 #232732 retires

I'm still somewhat traumatized by the news that my sweet Martin D-28 is no longer well enough to travel. I have had to retire my beloved guitar. It's just too fragile to continue subjecting it to the rigors of touring. It's the only guitar I've ever owned or played. I bought it new for $400 in 1969 -- It's the only "thing" I've ever been really attached to...

I had to buy a new guitar. I'll be taking my new Larrivee with me to Cleveland and Florida. It's a beautiful guitar, and I'm sure I'll learn to love it. (Guitar prices seem to have kept pace with CEO compensation in the last 40 years, but my friends at Swissvale Music have made me a generous deal.) Still, incurring such a major expense in the middle of doing a CD was DEFINITELY NOT in my plans.

I'm looking forward to this new era, though. Be sure to come up and check her out at my upcoming gigs!


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Florida is action-packed, as you'll see below! If you know anyone who lives in Florida, please forward this newsletter to them. Gloria Holloway is worried about turnout for the house concert she's doing for me in Tampa. If you know someone in Tampa, please send the info on to them...

It will be great to do some work with the Coalition of Immokalee Workers while I'm there, too... http://ciw-online.org

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BURIED

A new production of BURIED: The Story of the Sago Mine Disaster opens at Indiana University of Pennsylvania (just about 40 minutes from downtown Pittsburgh) on April 3 and runs through April 6th.

Jerry Starr's powerful play about the transformation of the Sago women from widows to warriors is riveting, and it's my pleasure and honor to provide the music throughout this production, along with my talented friend Sue Powers on banjo.

For more information go to:
http://www.hhs.iup.edu/laborcenter/CurrentEvents/Buried.shtml

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My research on my Grandfather's life and work is on hiatus until I return from Florida... but there is so much source material out there, I feel like I'm really getting to know him, even though he died more than 12 years before I was born. I'm so grateful to the IUP Labor Center for giving me this opportunity to dig into this most personally interesting chapter of PA labor history.


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We ended up with 16 dinner guests for our Oscars party. You can read my reviews of 2007's films at:

http://fellow-travelers-advisory.blogspot.com/2008/02/2008-movie-picks.html

Our menu was:

THERE WILL BE BLOODy Marys

Saganaki - A flaming Greek cheese dish, which exploded at table, courtesy of Bridget Shields - It was served with sliced baguettes as our tribute to MICHAEL CLAYTON

a JUNO salad of baby bella mushrooms, baby arugula, baby spinach, baby swiss cheese, raspberries and jerusalem artichokes courtesy of Dan and Monique

Our entree was a stretch, but really... when this dish was invented for the King of Sweden in 1897 the average life expectancy was 45 years -- It was NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN ... We served a variation of the Swedish classic, Veal Oscar, substituting free range hormone/anti-biotic free pork filets for the veal ..

and our dessert of ATONEMENT was Burnt Almond Torte, provided by Mary Magan.

mmmmmmmmm mmmmmmmmmmm mmmmmmm

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Julius Margolin (http://georgeandjulius.com) is doing much better. Thanks to all of you who sent cards. He'd still enjoy hearing from you, I'm sure, if you haven't gotten around to sending him a card yet..

Julius Margolin
330 W 28th, Apt 3-G
New York, NY 10001

I'm looking forward to performing with him at Botto House on Mayday.

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Utah Phillips is still not at home ... He has decided not to have a heart transplant. You can listen to him explain why in a podcast posted at

http://utahphillips.org/podcast/index.html

I'm going to be arranging a benefit concert for him here in Pittsburgh, and performing at one in Madison, WI in May.


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MARCH BIRTHDAYS


Shirley Shultz Myers Mar 1
Mary McCahill Madera Mar 1
Griffin Lane McCahil Mar 13
Ron Berlin Mar 15
Tom Weldon Mar 17
Bette Jacobson Mar 26
Mary Weldon Mar 29
Kelly Grefenstette Mar 31

Happy Happy!



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FAMILY NEWS

My daughter Amy is now officially a certified massage therapist. She has completed her coursework and passed the state exam in Texas. Congratulations!

Joseph and Manelle McCahill welcomed Baby Benjamin on Feb 21st... healthy and beautiful!

Mary and Tom Weldon visited Aunt Claire in Aiken, SC a couple weeks ago. Claire was overjoyed!

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The Tour:

Anne Feeney

Saturday, March 1st, 2008 7:30 PM
Anne Feeney in Concert
UU Society of Cleveland
2728 Lancashire Road
Cleveland Heights, OH
216.932.1898
http://uusocietyofcleveland.tripod.com/index.html
Price: $10
The Church is located between Euclid Heights Blvd. and Coventry Rd.

Lancashire is a one-way street that is entered from Euclid Hts. Blvd. The Society is a 2 storied brick building on the right hand side, across from Musicians Towers. Parking is available on either side of the building, on the street, or in metered public parking lots nearby.



Sunday, March 2nd, 2008 10:45 AM
Unitarian Service
UU Society of Cleveland
2728 Lancashire Road
Cleveland Heights, OH
http://uusocietyofcleveland.tripod.com/index.html
Price: free - all welcome


Thursday, March 6th, 2008 6:30 PM
Concert and Pot Luck!
Imaginary Fool's Juggling, Singing and Gourmet Supper Club
Tallahassee, FL
850-878-4149
Price: $10-20 suggested
This is one of my favorite gigs ... I look forward to it all year long.


Friday, March 7th, 2008 8:00 PM
Roy Zimmerman in Concert with Grant Peeples
American Legion Hall
229 Lake Ella Dr.
Tallahassee, FL
(I'll probably do a few numbers at this show, and Roy will be dropping in on my shows for the next few days, too! - Roy is the composer of "Defenders of Marriage" and many many more of my favorite political tunes.)
Tickets: $10 advance and at the door. For more info, visit wakullareporter.com or write to zimconcert@gmail.com.


Saturday, March 8th, 2008 8:00 PM
Anne Feeney in Concert on International Women's Day
Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of St. Augustine
2487 A1A S
St Augustine, FL 32080
904-540-3575
Price: $10
Terry Buckenmeyer is organizing this concert. Terry's cell: 904-540-3575
No one turned away for lack of funds.
Iraq Veterans against the War will be tabling at the concert, and we will be accepting your generous checks and contributions for their work at the show.
904-471-2047 is the number of the church.



Sunday, March 9th, 2008 10:30 AM
Music for Church Service
Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of St Augustine
2487 A1A South and Florida Avenue
St Augustine, FL 32605
http://www.nrdp.net/uufsa/
Price: free - all welcome
3/4 miles south of Route 312



Sunday, March 9th, 2008 3:00 PM
Music for Church Service
Mosaic Unitarian Universalist Church
425 S Volusia Ave (17-92)
Orange City, FL 32774
http://mosaicuu.org/
Price: free - all welcome



Sunday, March 9th, 2008 5:00 PM
Anne Feeney in Concert with special guest Magda Hiller!!
Mosaic Unitarian Universalist Church
425 S Volusia Ave (17-92)
Orange City, FL 32774
http://mosaicuu.org/
Price: $15



Monday, March 10th, 2008 12:00 PM
artist-in-residence
University of North Florida Campus
4567 St. Johns Bluff Road South
Jacksonville, FL 32224
(904)-620-1654
Stan Swart, "Brother Stan the Union Man," is my host and contact for this residency.



Monday, March 10th, 2008 7:30 PM
Anne Feeney in Concert
University of North Florida Campus Theater -- Robinson Student Services Building (Building #14, Room #1700)
4567 St. Johns Bluff Road South
Jacksonville, FL
Price: free - all welcome



Tuesday, March 11th, 2008 12:00 PM
artist-in-residence
University of North Florida Campus
4567 St. Johns Bluff Road South
Jacksonville, FL
(904)-620-1654
http://home.bellsouth.net/p/s/community.dll?ep=16&groupid=144545&ck=
"Brother Stan the Union Man," Stan Swart, is my host and your contact for this residency.



Tuesday, March 11th, 2008 5:00 PM
Anne Feeney In Concert for Campus Chapter of Amnesty International
UNF Art Gallery Auditorium
Jacksonville, FL
904-620-1654
http://www.unf.edu/dept/gallery/
Price: donations welcome
Shelly Clay-Robison is organizing this concert... shellyclayrobison(@)hotmail.com
Come, and learn more about the important work of Amnesty International!


Wednesday, March 12th, 2008 5:30-6:15PM (tentative)
Instore Concert at Vinyl Fever
4110 Henderson Blvd
Tampa, FL 33629
(813) 289-8399


Wednesday, March 12th, 2008 7:30 PM
Anne Feeney in Concert
House Concert at Gloria's
Tampa area, FL
813-837-6572
Price: $15
Come at 7:30... we'll start promptly at 8. Reserve a space now... email Gloria at gshello@tampaybay.rr.com or call 813-837-6572 - House concerts are a fabulous way to hear music! Don't be shy, call Gloria now!



Thursday, March 13th, 2008 7:00 PM
Anne Feeney in Concert
JR's OLD PACKINGHOUSE CAFE
987 S. Packinghouse Road
Sarasota, FL 34232
371-9358
http://www.oldpackinghouse.net/
Price: $your generous tips!



Friday, March 14th, 2008 6:00 PM
Singing for the Vegetables
Whole Foods
1451 1st Street
Sarasota, FL 34236
941-955-8500 ext. 215
Price: FREE



Saturday, March 15th, 2008 8:00 PM
Anne Feeney in Concert
The 2nd Street Bakery
1511 NW 2nd St
Gainesville, FL
352-505-5039
http://www.afn.org/~iguana



Sunday, March 16th, 2008 10:30 AM
Unitarian Universalists of Gainesville
Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Gainesville
4225 NW 34th St
Gainesville, FL 32605



Sunday, March 16th, 2008 4:00 PM
Progressive Student Alliance, Code Pink and EPEC Pot Luck
FGCU Student Union Ballroom
Ft Myers, FL
http://ivaw.org/wintersoldier
Price: donations
nferaldi(@)gmail.com - Nancy Feraldi is the contact. We'll also be screening "Winter Soldier Campaign" from IVAW (click on the URL above for more info about the film). Presented by the Environmental and Peace Education Center, the Progressive Student Alliance and Code Pink of SW Florida. Directions: "Student Union" (#17 on the campus map): http://www.fgcu.edu/info/Map/Campus_MainMap.asp
Free/no-permit-needed guest parking is plentiful on Sunday evenings either in the Student Union bldg parking lot or directly across the street in guest lot.
Map directions to FGCU campus:
http://www.fgcu.edu/info/Directions.asp
Nancy's phone number is 239-489-4249
cell: 808-285-9842



Monday, March 17th, 2008 1:00 PM
Concert for Unitied Irish of SW Florida
contact Laura Griffin for location
Ft Myers, FL
239-823-4743
http://www.swflairish.com/index.html
swflagirl(@)aol.com



Monday, March 17th, 2008 7:00 PM
St Patrick's Day Feast !!!
Manna Reading Center
2040 Collier Ave.
Fort Myers, FL
(239) 277-7866
http://www.mannareadingcenter.com/
This will be so much fun!! In addition to my usual hell-raising repertoire, this show only will include a huge selection of Irish favorites - ballads, drinking songs, sing-alongs, sea chanteys and more!! Don't miss it.


Tuesday, March 18th, 2008 7:30 PM
CIW Benefit Concert
Society of Friends (Quakers) Meeting House
823 North A St.
Lake Worth, FL
561-330-9016
Price: $15- $10 low income/student
Vicki Ryder (vickiryder@juno.com)is organizing this! Sponsored by South Florida Peace and Justice
TICKETS available at SOMA Café • 609 Lake Avenue



Wednesday, March 19th, 2008 7:30 PM
Honor CIW on the Feast of St Joseph the Worker
St Maurice Church
2851 Stirling Road
Dania Beach, FL
(754) 423-0051
http://ciw-online.org
Price: $15 ($10 low inc/student)
This is a fundraising concert to benefit the work of the Coalition of Immokalee Workers.

St Maurice is located one mile west of I-95 and is between Miami and Fort Lauderdale. We hold most of our tri-county peace and justice meetings there. Father Roger is very supportive of the movement and will promote the event within the parish. Ray Del Papa is the contact - mrrratpp(@)aol.com



Thursday, April 3rd through Sunday, April 6, 2008 - 8PM
BURIED: The Story of the Sago Mine Disaster
IUP Waller Hall Studio Theater
Indiana, PA
This powerful play by Jerry Starr, documents the transformation of the miners' wives from widows to warriors, and features lots of wonderful music.

http://www.hhs.iup.edu/laborcenter/CurrentEvents/Buried.shtml



April 11th & 12th & 13th, 2008
Labor Notes Conference
Hyatt Regency
Dearborn, MI
http://labornotes.org



Sunday, April 13th, 8PM
Detroit CD Release of "Dump the Bosses Off Your Back"
location tba
contact is Barb Ingalls: 248-547-7729 or bigrafx(@)cavtel.net
Saturday, February 9th, 2008 11:34 PM

Anne Feeney's Fellow Travelers' Advisory - FEBRUARY 2008, VOLUME THREE, #11

IMMEDIATE DESTINATIONS:

February - PITTSBURGH, with FOUR SHILLINGS SHORT!
March - Cleveland, Tallahassee, Jacksonville, St. Augustine, Orange City, Tampa, Sarasota, Gainesville, Ft. Myers, Palm Beach County, Dania Beach

BUY CDS: http://cdbaby.com/all/unionmaid




IN THIS ISSUE:
THE GRANT!!
THE STUDIO!!
PLEASE SEND A GET WELL CARD TO TWO LABOR LEGENDS!
BEST LINKS SENT TO ME THIS MONTH
FAMILY NEWS
ELEVEN GOING TO JAIL FOR JUSTICE - CLOSE THE SOA!
SPECIAL IRELAND MAILING
OSCARS/WRITERS' STRIKE




1 February
Pittsburgh

Hi Folks!

I can't remember the last time that I was home for a whole month! It's been a great month... lots of time to cook and eat well, to work out at the gym, to update my mailing list (welcome to all of you new folks!) and to work on the very exciting project I've undertaken thanks to a grant from the Labor Center at Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

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THE GRANT!!!

My grandfather, William Patrick Feeney (1876-1939), was a union organizer for the United Mineworkers of America. He started work in the infamous New Hartley Colliery near Bedlington, England in 1888 (that's right, he was twelve) - and emigrated to the US in 1890. He went straight into the mines here, married, fathered ten children, served a term in the PA legislature, introduced one of Pennsylvania's first mine safety bills, played the violin and sang (and wrote) union songs, knew Gene Debs, Fannie Sellins and Mother Jones -- and thanks to the digitized archives of the local papers from that era, I have found thousands of articles chronicling his most interesting life. I'll be writing some papers ... if not a book... if not a musical... who knows?

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THE STUDIO!!

I'm FINALLY finishing DUMP THE BOSSES OFF YOUR BACK - my new CD. With any luck, the CD will feature a lot of my talented friends, including Evan Greer, Anne Weiss, the Austin Lounge Lizards, Commander Cody and many many more! I could really really really use a few more sponsors. If you're in a position to help, send $100 to

Anne Feeney
2240 Milligan Ave
Pittsburgh, PA 15218

I'll be happy to put your name (or your sweetheart's name -- there's an unusual Valentine's gift!) in the liner notes.

This fifteen song CD should be finished by the time I leave for Florida.

Here's what's going to be on it:

Preacher and the Slave (Joe Hill) 4:11
You Will Answer (Feeney) 2:48
How Long? (Feeney) 4:51
Dump the Bosses off Your Back (John Brill) 2:09
How Much for the Life of Miner? (Feeney) 2:21
Santiago Cruz (Feeney) 2:03
Ya Basta! (Evan Greer) 3:13
Hallelujah I'm a Bum (McClintock/Kotheimer) 4:12
Sago (Kiya Heartwood) 4:20
Hillcrest Mine (James Keelaghan) 3:16
50 Cent Sneakers and $5 Wine (Al Grierson) 3:13
Goonies (Feeney) 3:18
Whatever You Say, Say Nothing (Colum Sands) 2:16
Brave New Christmas (John William Davis) 4:07
We Fought Back (Feeney) 2:18

It costs about $2500 to master and press 1000 CDs. It costs about $5000 in studio time for the sound engineer. It costs about $10,000 to pay the musicians who work on the recording. It costs another $1000 to pay the pension for the musicians working on the recording. It will cost about $600 to pay the composers of the 'cover songs' for the rights to record their songs. It costs several hundred dollars to get the printing for the artwork. Layout, design and typeset can run into hundreds of dollars. Add in lots of transportation, copying, snacks for the musicians in the studio. And then mailing dozens of free copies for review to radio and press .... These are daunting numbers to come up with on a folksinger's budget...

You can put a donation on your credit card by clicking on the Donate button in the right hand column of this page underneath my picture. If that doesn't work for you for some reason, and you'd still like to contribute on a credit card, email me anne@annefeeney.com and I can invoice you. Your generosity and support makes my work and music possible.

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SEND A GET WELL CARD TO TWO LABOR LEGENDS!


Two wonderful friends of all working people could use some get well wishes:

Julius Margolin (http://georgeandjulius.com), 91 years old, lifelong activist and IATSE member (stagehands' union), is back home from the hospital after treatment for lymphoma, flu, intestinal problems and more. httpHe is such a dear and amazing person with 70+ years of activism and support for working folks everywhere. You may have seen UNION MAN - the wonderful film that George Mann produced about Julius' life. He's still in remarkable spirits and thinking of others. Please send him a thank you/get well card at:


Julius Margolin
330 W. 28th St.
Apt. 3G
NY NY 10001

And the golden voice of the great Southwest, Utah Phillips, is in San Francisco undergoing evaluation for a heart transplant. http://utahphillips.org His health is deteriorating, and we are all hoping that he will get some really hopeful information on this visit. In addition to the stress of his illness, Phillips has financial concerns too. He's been deprived of his livelihood just as his expenses have skyrocketed.

Send him a card and/or a check at:

Utah Phillips
PO BOX 1235
Nevada City, CA 95959

and do yourself a favor and go listen to Phillips tell 'the funniest story ever,'

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ks-LmHAGouQ


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BEST LINKS SENT TO ME THIS MONTH

http://blip.tv/file/520347/ - bush coins
http://www.monbiot.com/archives/2007/02/20/bayoneting-a-scarecrow/
http://www.solidarity.com/hkcartoons/impeach.html

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FAMILY NEWS

My cousin Kelly Grefenstette of South Carolina is married to pro golfer Charles Warren -- We're very excited to see that Charles is leading the pack at a big tournament- the FBR Open in Phoenix! Go Charles!!

http://www.sportsnetwork.com/default.asp?c=sportsnetwork&page=golf-m/news/ben4126948.htm

My cousins Kevin McCahill and Mary Lane McCahill of Columbia, MD just went sailing in the British Virgin Islands. There's a link to some photos below, and here's a wonderful excerpt from Mary's trip diary:

"The highlight of the trip for Kevin and me was the amazing snorkelling in the choral reefs of the BVI, and we snorkelled our hearts out, literally for hours. We saw so many beautiful undersea creatures it's beyond description, including an immense and ancient Hawksbill sea turtle with whom I had the blessed fortune to swim briefly. He (the turtle) actually looked at me and was close enough to touch, but I respected his home and let him swim off in peace. We also saw many of the wonderful living jewels of the reef including the blue chromies, four-eyed butterflyfish, blue tangs, parrotfish, trunkfish, yellowtails, bluehead wrasse, fairy basslets, and some big ugly guys like barracuda, tarpon and grouper. The reef itself has its own beauty with many varieties and colors of coral such as staghorn and brain corals and gently swaying green and purple sea fans. Snorkelling for us is like meditation: the world around us becomes very quiet and still as the sea life continues to move about or sway gently in the current somewhat oblivious to our presence. It is so peaceful and warm and comforting that the sound of the water becomes a chant and draws us into it's utter quiet. "

Thanks Mary!
http://www.digiproofs.com/ecom/page_view.pl?p=Fxt2DCn

BIRTHDAYS ----

Lauren Grefenstette Jan 8, Chris Chandler Jan 16, Jim Marks, Jan 16, Shannon Metcalfe Jan 16, Blanka Engstrom Jan 16, (Happy Anniversary Kelly & Charles Warren Jan 25), Tom Weldon Jan 27, Art Deckard Jan 29, Ed McCahill Jan 29, Maryellen Hayden January 31, Kevin Weldon Feb 3, Joe McCahill Feb 15, Ross Chapman Feb 24, Shirley Shultz Myers Mar 1, Mary McCahill Madera, Mar 1.

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ELEVEN GOING TO JAIL FOR JUSTICE!

At the School of the Americas Watch Vigil last November, eleven people engaged in civil disobedience to CALL YOUR ATTENTION to the atrocities being committed in our name and with our tax dollars. Honor their sacrifice by visiting http://soaw.org and educating yourself on our very own "terrorist training camp.'

The SOAW 11 are:

- Joan Anderson, 65, Casper, WY - 30 days and a $500 fine
- Ozone Bhaguan, 33, Duluth, MN - 90 days and no fine
- Le Anne Clausen, 29, Chicago, IL. - 30 days and no fine
- Art Landis, 74, Perkasie, PA - 30 days and no fine
- Ed Lewinson, 78, Newark NJ - 90 days and a $500 fine
- Chris Lieberman, 54, Albuquerque, NM - 60 days and no fine
- Diane Lopez Hughes, 58, Springfield, IL - 45 days and a $500 fine
- Tiel Rainelli, 25, Canton, OH. - 90 days and a $500 fine
- Gus Roddy, 45, Chicago, IL - 30 days and a $500 fine
- Stephen Schweitzer, 45, Binghamtom, NY - 60 days and a $500 fine
- Michelle Yip
Saturday, February 9th, 2008 11:33 PM

OSCARS 2008

Here's a link to my movie reviews for 2007

If the writers' strike hasn't settled, I won't be having my Oscars party...

I hope it settles well, and soon!
Monday, January 14th, 2008 12:46 AM

Another Fine Place to buy CDs

go to SongRamp
Wednesday, July 4th, 2007 5:13 PM

The Pittsburgh Quiz

You are 100% Pittsburgh.
 

Great job! There's nooooo doubt about it. You're from Da Burgh. You deserve a reward, so go have an Ahrn City or two. And GO STILLERS!

How Pittsburgh Are You
See All Our Quizzes

Wednesday, May 30th, 2007 12:56 PM

Fellow Travelers' Advisory from Anne Feeney - JUNE 2007, VOLUME THREE, #3

MMEDIATE DESTINATIONS:

June 2 - Baltimore, MD
June 18-21 - Las Vegas, NV
June 23 - Vancouver, BC
June 25 - Vancouver, BC
June 26 - Duncan, BC
June 27 - Victoria, BC
June 28 - Port Townsend, WA
June 29 - Bellingham, WA

Complete details of these and all tour dates appear at the bottom of this newsletter and continually update at http://annefeeney.com/calendar.html -- I do my level best to keep this accurate but it's always a good idea to check with the venue to confirm time, etc.

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30 May 2007
Quiet Valley Ranch
Kerrville TX

Hi there Bob

If this newsletter is disjointed it's because I've been camping in the rain for a week, but I hope you'll make time to read it, there's lots of important news this month..

IN THIS ISSUE:
SINGING WITH PETER YARROW - FREE DOWNLOADS
UNION SUMMER SCHOOLS
COME TO IRELAND WITH ME!!
FAMILY NEWS
STILL BOOKING -- HELP!!
SCANDINAVIA IN SEPTEMBER
LINK OF THE MONTH

Much love

Anne




This has been the rainiest Kerrville Folk Festival ever... we've had record low temperatures .. and some of the greatest music ever... I'm still floating (pun intended, too, I guess) from the fabulous sets turned in by my pals Steve James, Susan Werner, Small Potatoes ... so very much more too...


On Wednesday Chris Chandler does a concert at the beautifully renovated Threadgill Theater. I'll be doing a guest number, as will Adam & Kris, Oliver Steck and Stephanie Corby ... but the real star of the show will be David Morreale, Chris' wonderfullly talented new East Coast partner... this new show sizzles, and if you get a chance to catch Chris on the road ... do it!!

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SINGING WITH PETER (PAUL & MARY) - FREE DOWNLOAD & MORE

The personal highlight of the festival so far was singing with Peter Yarrow during his set last weekend. Besides sharing "Have Have You Been to Jail for Justice?" with him, I got to sing harmonies on one of my favorite songs of PP&M's - Peter's "The Great Mandela" -- I'm going to add it to my myspace for free download... check it out very soon at http://myspace.com/annefeeneyreally

My new song "Recordaremos Santiago Cruz" will be available for download as soon as Jack Erdie sends me the mp3... (hint hint jack) The words and the story are posted on my ( http://fellow-travelers-advisory.blogspot.com/2007/05/song-for-santiago-cruz.html) blog.

And I just put a new jukebox up on my (http://myspace.com/annefeeneyreally) myspace page, on my (http://annefeeney.com/news.html) news page, and on my blog so downloading one song (or several) is easier than ever.

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UNION SUMMER SCHOOLS

Just before coming to Kerrville I was minister-of-culture/faculty at the Regina Polk Institute for Union Women... it's a fantastic annual conference for union women from Wisconsin, Illinois, Iowa and thereabouts... This year's collective bargaining role play was negotiating a contract for migrant workers in North Carolina with the Growers' Association. Leticia Zavala from the Farm Labor Organizing Committee was our most informative advisor on this project and really opened our eyes to the serious problems of migrant workers in the US and the difficulty entailed in their struggle for dignity.

Just before the conference began we learned of the murder of Santiago Cruz, a 29 year old FLOC organizer. Santiago was staffing the FLOC office in Monterrey, Mexico. The FLOC office there is facilitating the process of obtaining H2A visas ... workers getting visas through the office need not deal with smugglers and coyotes ... spending $2-5000 to get across the border.

There were many unethical and corrupt people whose greedy livelihoods were challenged by FLOC's office. Santiago Cruz's murder was meant to deter the quest for justice in the fields.

I'm playing at three more of these wonderful union summerschools.. if you live on the west coast, I hope to see you in Olympia, Vancouver or Berkeley...

check the information in the tourdates section below... scholarships may still be available for those who qualify. don't pass up this great educational opportunity. These summer schools make you better union members, citizens and community members.

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COME TO IRELAND WITH ME!!!

Lots of you wrote to comment on my Irish tour blog... many of you said you wished you could have come along... well, guess what? YOU CAN!!

I've been invited by some very wonderful, experienced Irish-based tour guides to host a tour of Ireland!! I can take a small group (14-20 folks) to Ireland in 2008...

It looks like it would most likely be a nine day tour and cost approximately US $1750 + transportation to Shannon... This includes all ground transportation and accommodations and several meals, as well admission to as a series of terrific cultural events featuring Irish poets and musicians. If you'd like to know more about a tour like this... email me right away to express interest and I'll keep you informed as plans develop.


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STILL BOOKING -- DATES I WOULD LOVE TO FILL

PLEASE help me fill in these empty dates!!

If you would like to host a house concert I'll show you how... If you know of an event (banquet, rally, riot, conference) in progress on any of these dates, please let me know!!

June 30th off near tacoma, olympia - help!!

4th of July - a revolutionary independence day... could be anywhere within 3 hours of portland

Saturday July 7- Astoria, Goble, Corvallis, Bend???
Sunday July 8-
Monday July 9-
Tuesday July 10

I'll seriously consider almost anywhere in Oregon for these dates... Let me know if you can help..

ALSO, Labor Day is still open for me... If you'd like me to sing at you Labor Day 2007 event, drop me a line!

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FAMILY NEWS

My son Dan marries his true love, Monique Murad on June 16th in Pasadena. We're overjoyed. More info at http://moniqueanddan.com

My Aunt Claire turn 88 on June 4th. send cards to

Claire O'Connor
c/o Hitchcock House Assisted Living
102 Crepe Myrtle Court
Aiken, SC 29803

(If you already sent one to the Magnolia Lake Court address that I put in last month's newsletter, it will be forwarded. My sister Kathleen and I are surprising Claire with a birthday visit!)


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OREGON COUNTRY FAIR PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE

I'm looking forward to seeing lots of you at the fabulous Oregon Country Fair... Founded by Ken Kesey, this Fair is one of my favorite annual tour stops -- here's my schedule so far... although I'll be doing something at Energy Park and Community Village too -- tba -- and lots of busking along the paths...

Friday, July 13th, 2007 12:15 PM
Blue Moon Stage

Friday, July 13th, 2007 5:00 PM
At the Rabbit Hole

Saturday, July 14th, 2007 12:30 PM
Hoarse Chorale

Saturday, July 14th, 2007 4:00 PM
Kesey Stage/Dancing Maple Theater

Sunday, July 15th, 2007 2:00 PM
Chez Ray's

Sunday, July 15th, 2007 dark:30
Chris Chandler's Library Show

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LINK OF THE MONTH

I'm surprised at how many folks haven't found their way to http://truemajority.org ... it's a great website full of wonderful information and useful items (a ball point pen with a fold-out chart illustrating how our tax dollars are spent)...

They're also running a pool right now.... correctly guess the hour, minute and day that Alberto Gonzales steps down and win a few gallons of Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream ... Yummm!

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SCANDINAVIA IN SEPTEMBER

I'm planning on being in Sweden from September 5th through the 27th... I'd love to come sing for you in Sweden or Denmark (or Norway...)

Write me with your ideas..

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Well, that's it... now on with...

THE TOUR

Saturday, June 2nd, 2007 8:00 PM

Baltimore United for Peace and Justice presents Anne Feeney with Lea Gilmore
Govans Boundary Presbyterian Church
5210 York Road
Baltimore, MD 21212
Price: $10-20
(Lea Gilmore is a fabulous blues singer based in Baltimore who is disgusted with the war.)

Baltimore United for Peace and Justice wants to raise enough money to send several people to the national assembly of United for Peace and Justice in Chicago June 22-24th. Give more if you can, less if you can't.
Saturday, June 16th, 2007 8:00 PM

Dan and Monique's Wedding
Pasadena, CA

Monday, June 18th, 2007 12:00 PM
30th Anniversary of UAW Local 2320 - The National Organization of Legal Services Workers
Circus Circus
Las Vegas, NV
http://nolsw.org

Tuesday, June 19th, 2007 8:00 PM
30th Anniversary of UAW Local 2320 - The National Organization of Legal Services Workers
Circus Circus
Las Vegas, NV
http://nolsw.org
Tim Yeager is the contact

Saturday, June 23rd, 2007 8:00 PM
Music for Troublemakers!
Rhizome Cafe
317 E. Broadway (across from Kingsgate Mall)
Vancouver, BC
Canada
http://www.soundsandfuries.com
Price: $10-20 suggested
Pat Hogan is producing this concert

Monday, June 25th, 2007 8:15 PM
CUPE Summer School Performance with Judy Rebick
HEU Conference
Vancouver, BC
Canada
more details soon ... Juli Rees is the education director and coordinator of this conference

Tuesday, June 26th, 2007 8:00 PM
Music for Troublemakers Presented by Longevity John
Duncan Garage Showroom
201-330 Duncan St
Duncan, BC V9L-3W4
Canada
250-748-7246
http://www.duncangarageshowroom.ca
Price: $15 at the door
longevityjohn@shaw.ca is the contact
email him for advance tickets, group discounts, etc

Wednesday, June 27th, 2007 7:30 PM
House Concert
Ken Orchard and Sharon Hazelwood's
Victoria, BC
Canada
Price: $10-20 suggested
wy234@victoria.tc.ca for more info

Thursday, June 28th, 2007 8:00 PM
Anne Feeney in concert!
Sirens
Water St
Port Townsend, WA
Price: your generous tips!

Friday, June 29th, 2007 8:00 PM
Anne Feeney in concert!
Bellingham, WA
Betsy Pernotto is organizing this show

Sunday, July 1st, 2007 9:00 AM
2007 Summer School for Union Women and Community Activists
The Evergreen State College Labor Center
2700 Evergreen Parkway
Olympia, WA 98505
360-867-6055
http://www.evergreen.edu/laborcenter
This conference begins on June 27th and it's a great opportunity for women activists, union members and community leaders...

Monday, May 21st, 2007 4:02 PM
A SONG FOR SANTIAGO CRUZ
Thursday, May 10th, 2007 6:48 PM

Fellow Travelers' Advisory from Anne Feeney - MAY 2007, VOLUME THREE, #2



Fellow Travelers' Advisory from Anne Feeney - MAY 2007, VOLUME THREE, #2
IMMEDIATE DESTINATIONS:

May 1st - Haledon, NJ
May 4th - Harrisburg, PA
May 5th - Troy, NY
May 11-13th - Darlington, MD
May 19th - Chicago, IL

ACTIVELY BOOKING CA, OR, WA, BC in June/July!! Find a hole in the tour dates below and invite me to play!!!

Do you live near any of these places? I hope to see you at one of these upcoming shows! check out http://annefeeney.com/calendar.html for continuously updating tour dates.

Do you know anyone who lives near any of these places? PLEASE spread the word. This is a word-of-mouth 'career' I have... I count on you to let folks know I'm performing in their hometowns!

I'm very excited about the Darlington, MD Susquehanna Music and Arts Festival... It's a camping-optional festival located halfway between Baltimore and Philadelphia at the charming Ramblewood Resort. This year's lineup is fantastic!

And if you have friends in Chicago, please send them to the People's Church for my May 19th concert. This is the same wonderful room where we had the 100th anniversary of the IWW concert a few years ago with Utah Phillips, Charlie King, Len Wallace, Mark Ross, Rebel Voices, Citizens' Band, Mark Ross -- what a night!!

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IN THIS ISSUE:

Details, details
MAYDAY, MAYDAY!
SPECIAL MAYDAY CONTEST
SUPPORT CONN-SELMER STRIKERS
GOOD NEWS!
MAY BIRTHDAYS
THE TOUR

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Details, details.....

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Best email: anne@annefeeney.com

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MAYDAY!! MAYDAY!!

(sung to the tune of "Daisy, Daisy")

MAYDAY, MAYDAY that's the real workers' day
Labor's History says, "Don't give our day away!"
It's time that the working class says
"Stick Labor Day up your (somewher appropriate)!"
And ain't it great to celebrate on the glorious first of May!

This Mayday I'll be at the National Labor Museum in Haledon, NJ. The Botto House was generously offered by the Botto family to the strikers during the Paterson Silk Strike of 1913 as a meeting place. You can read a memoir of that strike by Elizabeth Gurley Flynn (Joe Hill's "Rebel Girl") here:
http://www.scc.rutgers.edu/njwomenshistory/Period_4/flynn.htm

All over the world today workers will sing "The Internationale" and they will honor the memory of the Haymarket Martyrs. If you don't know the story of Mayday, here's a terrific article I found on Portside, a great digest of labor news. If you like the article, you can subscribe to Portside at http://www.portside.org/subscribe2

THE REAL MAY DAY
By Dick Meister

May Day. A day to herald the coming of Spring with song and dance, a day for children with flowers in their hair to skip around beribboned maypoles, a time to crown May Day queens.

But once it also was a day for demonstrations that were crucial in winning the most important right ever won by working people -- the right demanded above all others
by the labor activists of a century ago:

"Eight hours for work, eight hours for rest, eight
hours for what we will!"

The changing economy has forced many workers in recent years to regularly exceed the eight-hour workday that their predecessors won. But eight hours for work nevertheless remains the standard in the United States and every other industrial nation and at least an aspiration in others.

Winning the eight-hour workday took years of hard struggle, beginning in the mid-1800s. By 1867, the federal government, six states and several cities had passed laws limiting their employees' hours to eight per day. The laws were not effectively enforced and in some cases were overturned by courts, but they set an important precedent that finally led to a powerful popular movement.

The movement was launched in 1886 by the Federation of Organized Trades and Labor Unions, then one of the country's major labor organizations. The federation called for workers to negotiate with their employers for an eight-hour workday and, if that failed, to strike on May 1 in support of the demand.

Some negotiated, some marched and otherwise demonstrated. More than 300,000 struck. And all won strong support, in dozens of cities -- Chicago, New York, Baltimore, Boston, Milwaukee, St. Louis, San Francisco, Pittsburgh, Denver , Indianapolis, Cincinnati, Detroit, Washington, Newark, Brooklyn, St. Paul and others.

More than 30,000 workers had won the eight-hour day by April. On May Day, another 350,000 workers walked off their jobs at nearly 12,000 establishments, more than 185,000 of them eventually winning their demand. Most of the others won at least some reduction in working hours that had ranged up to 16 a day.

Additionally, many employers cut Saturday operations to a half-day, and the practice of working on Sundays, also relatively common, was all but abandoned by major
industries.

"Hurray for Shorter Time," declared a headline in the New York Sun over a story describing a torchlight procession of 25,000 workers that highlighted the eight-hour-day activities in New York. Never before had the city experienced so large a demonstration.

Not all newspapers were as supportive, however. The strikes and demonstrations, one paper complained, amounted to "communism, lurid and rampant." The eight-hour day, another said, would encourage "loafing and gambling, rioting, debauchery, and drunkenness."

The greatest opposition came in response to the demonstrations led by anarchist and socialist groups in Chicago, the heart of the eight-hour day movement. Four demonstrators were killed and more than 200 wounded by police who waded into their ranks, but what the demonstrators opponents seized on were the events two days later at a protest rally in Haymarket Square. A bomb was thrown into the ranks of the police who had surrounded the square, killing seven and wounding 59.

The bomb thrower was never discovered, but eight labor, socialist and anarchist leaders  branded as violent, dangerous radicals by press and police alike -- were arrested on the clearly trumped up charge that they had conspired to commit murder. Four of them were hanged, one committed suicide while in jail, and three were pardoned six years later by Illinois Gov. John Peter Altgeld.

Employers responded to the so-called Haymarket Riot by mounting a counter-offensive that seriously eroded the eight-hour day movement's gains. But the movement was an extremely effective organizing tool for the country's unions, and in 1890 President Samuel Gompers of the American Federation of Labor was able to call for "an International Labor Day" in favor of the eight-hour workday. Similar proclamations were made by socialist and union leaders in other nations where, to this day, May Day is celebrated as Labor Day.

Workers in the United States and 13 other countries demonstrated on that May Day of 1890 -- including 30,000 of them in Chicago. The New York World hailed it as "Labor's Emancipation Day." It was. For it marked the start of an irreversible drive that finally established the eight-hour day as the standard for millions of working people.

Copyright 2007 Dick Meister, a San Francisco writer
who has covered labor issues for four decades as a
reporter, editor and commentator. Contact him through
his website, http://www.dickmeister.com.

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SPECIAL MAYDAY CONTEST: NEW FRONTIERS OF CORPORATE PIGDOM

Read the full article at the link below, or the excerpt included here, and then send me your most creative idea for retaliating against this mean-spirited greed machine. Refusing to patronize Circuit City somehow doesn't seem to be punishment enough. The three or five most creative ideas will be published in next month's Fellow Travelers' Advisory, and the person submitting the best idea will win an appropriate prize.



Circuit City Cuts 3,400 'Overpaid' Workers

By Ylan Q. Mui
Washington Post Staff Writer
Thursday, March 29, 2007; Page D01

Circuit City fired 3,400 employees in stores across the country yesterday, saying they were making too much money and would be replaced by new hires willing to work for less.

The company said the dismissals had nothing to do with performance but were part of a larger effort to improve the bottom line. The firings represent about 9 percent of the company's in-store workforce of 40,000.

"Retail is very competitive and store operations just have to contain their costs," said Jim Babb, a Circuit City spokesman. "We deeply regret the negative impact that was had on these folks. It was no fault of theirs."

The company gave the dismissed workers severance pay and told them that after 10 weeks they were free to apply for any openings. Employees reached by a reporter said they were notified yesterday morning and told to leave immediately.

The firings, along with several other moves, are expected to reduce expenses for the electronics retailer by $110 million in fiscal year 2008 and $140 million a year starting in fiscal 2009. Circuit City said sales would be volatile for the next several months as the company adjusts to the changes.

"It's definitely going to have some cost-savings, but I think the bigger impact could be seen in weaker, poor service," said Timothy Allen, an analyst with Jefferies & Co. "I have a feeling the people they're letting go have probably been there longer, have more experience, more product knowledge."

Steven Rash, 24, said he was one of 11 workers fired at a Circuit City in Asheville, N.C. The store manager broke the news during a meeting at 8:15 a.m. and escorted them out of the store. Rash said he has worked for the retailer for seven years and was one of the most junior members of the affected group.

He said he earned $11.59 an hour and worked from 15 to 20 hours a week. He received four weeks of severance pay. Though he has a full-time job at Bank of America, he said he needs to find part-time work to help pay his student loans.

"It's not just a part-time job," he said. "It's about paying the bills."

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average hourly wage for retail salespeople was $11.14 in May 2005, the latest data available.

Circuit City chief executive Philip J. Schoonover received a salary of $716,346, along with a $704,700 bonus last year. He also has long-term compensation of $3 million in stock awards and $340,000 in underlying options, according to company filings.

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HELP CONN-SELMER STRIKERS

My visit to Champaign/Urbana was a total blast... thanks to the very hard work and creative ideas of Dave Johnson and the music of the amazing "Orn'ry Duffers" - the kickass backup band assembled by the wonderful Paul Kotheimer ... It was so much fun to perform with a band!!!

But the most touching moment of the day was when Deneen Sigler of the striking Conn-Selmer workers took the stage.

230 union musician instrument makers at the Conn-Selmer Vincent Bach plant in Elkhart, Indiana have been on strike since April of 2006. This is the longest ongoing strike in the United States. The company which owns this plant, Steinway Musical Inc was taken over by Dana Messina and other speculators who got their "training" under stock manipulator Michael Milken. They have sought to destroy the health care and pension rights of the workers and drive out those workers who were over 50 years of age. In an effort to break the strike, 120 scabs have been brought into the plant and management has obtained injunctions severely limiting picketing by striking workers.

Send your donations to:

Food 4 Strikers
58558 Ardmore Dr.
Elkhart, IN 46517

An injury to one is still an injury to all!

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GOOD NEWS!



A year after their fabulous victory with Taco Bell, the Coalition of Immokalee Workers managed to sign McDonald's on to the Fair Food Campaign. McDonald's will pay an extra penny a pound to the workers who pick their tomatoes, and will be involved in a campaign to improve living and working conditions for tomato pickers. YES!!!

Now, on to BURGER KING!!

more good news...

Chez Panisse among restaurants leading bottled water backlash


BERKELEY, Calif. Bye-bye bottled water. Hello tap.
Chez Panisse (shay puh-'NEES) in Berkeley is among several upscale Bay Area restaurants that are ditching bottled water in the name of conservation.The bottled water backlash is being spurred by environmental concerns over the energy used in transportation as well as the disposal of all those containers.Chez Panisse stopped serving bottled non-sparkling water last year and expects to stop serving bottled carbonated water in a few weeks.

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MAY BIRTHDAYS

May 2 (I think) - High School Sweetheart Bill Deegan
May 3 - Pete Seeger and my sister Kathleen
May 13 - cousin Kevin McCahill
May 15 - Utah Phillips
May 23 - cousin Terry Donovan

and on May 6, my cousin Bill Feeney celebrates 35 years as a Catholic priest!

and coming up on June 4th, my Aunt Claire's 88th birthday! Send her a card:

Claire O'Connor
325 Magnolia Lake Court
Aiken, SC 29803

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The Tour:

Tuesday, May 1st, 2007 7:00 PM
Mayday!!! Botto House American Labor Museum
83 Norwood St
Haledon, NJ

Friday, May 4th, 2007 8:00 PM
PA ACLU Statewide Convention
Radisson Hotel
Camp Hill, PA


Saturday, May 5th, 2007 8:00 PM
The Eighth Step@The Sanctuary presents:
A Capital District May Day 2007 Concert
with Anne Feeney and Evan Greer

Sanctuary for Independent Media
3361 6th Ave
Troy, NY
(518) 434-1703
Price: $15


Friday, May 11th-13th
Susquehanna Music and Arts Festival
Ramblewood Resort
2564 Silver Road
Darlington, MD 21035



Saturday, May 19th, 2007 8:00 PM
Benefit Concert for People's Church
People's Church

941 W. Lawrence St
Chicago, IL
773-784-6633
Price: $10-20 suggested
and bring a tax-deductible check to support People's Church - your voice for social justice in Chicago!

Sunday, May 20th, 2007 10:00 AM
Music to Inspire Agitators
People's Church

941 W. Lawrence St
Chicago, IL
773-784-6633
for more information -
inmusunka@sbcglobal.net


May 24th-June 5th
At the Kerrville Folk Festival
Kerrville, TX
this camping festival lasts 18 days. It's mecca for songwriters and a great reunion for us road warriors and veterans of this 36 year old festival.


June 18th-20th
30th Anniversary of UAW Local 2320 - The National Organization of Legal Services Workers
Circus Circus
Las Vegas, NV

Sunday, July 1st, 2007 9:00 AM
2007 Summer School for Union Women and Community Activists
The Evergreen State College Labor Center
2700 Evergreen Parkway
Olympia, WA 98505
360-867-6055

This conference begins on June 27th and it's a great opportunity for women activists, union members and community leaders...


Sunday, July 1st, 2007 8:00 PM
Adam & Kris and I do the big Canada Day + Anne's Birthday Show at
Sam Bond's Garage
407 BLAIR BLVD
Eugene, OR

Tuesday, July 3rd, 2007 9:00 PM
with Adam and Kris!!!
Alberta Street Pub
Portland, OR
more details soon

Friday, July 6th, 2007 8:00 PM
Music for Troublemakers
Cafe Mundo
NW Coast and 2nd St
Newport, OR
541-265-9747
more details soon


Wednesday, July 11th, 2007 8:00 PM
House Concert!
Ken and Janet Bates' place
Bandon, OR

Thursday, July 12th, 2007 7:00 PM
Anne Feeney "Sing for Justice" Library Concert
The LibraryBromley Room-Siuslaw Public Library
1460 9th St
Florence, OR 97439
997-3132 (Library)
Price: $donation for justice

July 13th-15th
Oregon Country Fair
Veneta, OR

Wednesday, July 18th, 2007 7:00 PM
Summer Institute for Union Women
UC Clark Kerr Conference Center
2601 Warring St
Berkeley, CA
see below
http://laborcenter.berkeley.edu/events/siuw/
Contact: Karen Navarro
Phone: (510) 643-0910
Email: navarrok@berkeley.edu

or

Contact: Pam Tau Lee
Phone: (510) 643-7594
Email: ptlee@berkeley.edu


Saturday, July 21st, 2007 3:00 PM
House Concert
tba
Watsonville, CA
Price: $10-20 suggested
Amy Newell is coordinating


Sunday, July 22nd, 2007 10:15 AM
Live on "Please Stand By"
KPIG-FM - streaming live at the URL listed below



Sunday, July 22nd, 2007 8:00 PM
Anne Feeney with special guest Jon Fromer!
La Pena Cultural Center
3105 Shattuck Ave
Berkeley, CA 94705
510-849-2568
Price: $10
Monday, April 16th, 2007 9:16 AM

MOVING DAY - April 21 or 22

I'm looking for someone with an open pickup to come by over the weekend and let us load the couch, china closet, dining room table, etc onto it to go over to the house. Since I'm renting my old house I'm leaving a lot of the heavy stuff (washer, dryer, frig, stove etc)... but it's still a pain in the butt to move!! If you know someone with an open pickup, tell 'em they wouldn't even have to lift anything... just provide the truck on april 21 or 22 ... and they get a permanent spot on my party list, undying gratitude, 60 days off their time in purgatory, gas money, free beer & food... that's about all the incentives I can provide ...
Tuesday, March 20th, 2007 1:40 PM

Dave Tanner - (1942-2007)

Surrounded by friends and family, my dear friend Dave Tanner died last night at Shadyside Hospital in Pittsburgh from a chronic heart problem. My Pittsburgh fans will probably remember him as the regular at my shows who requested "Bye Bye Biplane." Dave was a licensed commercial pilot and was very fond of this Irish children's song about a fearless underdog biplane named Evermore. In the third verse, Dave would always leap to his feat with his fist in the air and sing/shout along "He knew he could survive!!"

How I wish my friend could have survived his failing heart. Now we will have fond memories of this thoughtful and loyal friend who would have turned 65 in May. Rest well, Dave.
Monday, November 13th, 2006 6:37 AM

DC Fitzgerald Rest in Peace

I'm heartbroken to report that DC Fitzgerald died in the wee hours of this morning. He is survived by his wife, Kathlee, and three sons - Damon Che, Jesse and Nathan. More information later.
Friday, November 3rd, 2006 10:36 AM

FROM MOLLY IVINS

May I remind you what this election is about? Abu Ghraib, Guantanamo, unprecedented presidential powers, unmatched incompetence, unparalleled corruption, unwarranted eavesdropping, Katrina, Enron, Halliburton, global warming, Cheney's secret energy task force, record oil company profits, $3 gasoline, FEMA, the Supreme Court, Diebold, Florida in 2000, Ohio in 2004, Terri Schiavo, stem cell research, golden parachutes, shrunken pensions, unavailable and expensive health care, habeas corpus, no weapons of mass destruction, sacrificed soldiers and Iraqi civilians, wasted billions, Taliban resurgence, expiration of the assault weapons ban, North Korea, Iran, intelligent design, swift boat hit squads, and on and on.

This election is about that, but much more - it's about honor, dignity and comity in this country. It's about the Constitution, which gives us this great nation.

Bush ran on a pledge of "restoring honor and integrity" to the White House. Instead, he brought us Tom DeLay, Roy Blunt, Katherine Harris, John Doolittle, Jerry Lewis, Richard Pombo, Mark Foley, Dennis Hastert, David Safavian, Jack Abramoff, Ralph Reed, Karl Rove and an illegal and immoral war in Iraq. People, it's up to you.
Thursday, November 2nd, 2006 12:56 PM

Fellow Travelers' Advisory from Anne Feeney - NOVEMBER 2006, VOLUME TWO, #8

IMMEDIATE DESTINATIONS:

Youngstown, OH
Cobourg, ON
Kingston, RI
Florence, MA
Berlin, MA
Northampton, MA
Cambridge, MA
Albany, NY
Fort Benning, GA
Jacksonville, FL
Cleveland, OH
Washington, DC

I've got my ticket to the Northwest: arriving San Francisco on 11 January, departing Seattle on 5 February... If you'd like to book a show then, email me at anne@annefeeney.com

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Thursday, November 2nd, 2006 12:55 PM

Fellow Travelers' Advisory from Anne Feeney - NOVEMBER 2006, VOLUME TWO, #8

IMMEDIATE DESTINATIONS:

Youngstown, OH
Cobourg, ON
Kingston, RI
Florence, MA
Berlin, MA
Northampton, MA
Cambridge, MA
Albany, NY
Fort Benning, GA
Jacksonville, FL
Cleveland, OH
Washington, DC

I've got my ticket to the Northwest: arriving San Francisco on 11 January, departing Seattle on 5 February... If you'd like to book a show then, email me at anne@annefeeney.com

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Thursday, October 12th, 2006 2:44 PM

Looking for "If I Can't Dance"

Thanks to everyone who ordered my cool new CD "If I Can't Dance" from CDBaby last week.  It should be back in stock any second now, but you can also order it from http://www.laborheritage.org/music4.html the Labor Heritage Foundation or from http://cdmojo.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=central.ShowItem&SKU=2000229&MODE=item

 

 Thanks for your support! Enjoy the music!

Tuesday, October 10th, 2006 4:38 AM

Letter to Leo Gerard, President of the United Steelworkers, about the Goodyear Strike

Dear President Gerard

My best wishes are with you and your 15,000 striking members. Please know that I stand by to offer support for this struggle in any way that you might suggest.

If you have flyers about the strike that have the name and address of the strike fund I will be happy to distribute them at my shows for as long as the strike continues. In the next six weeks I will be performing in Philadelphia, San Diego, Detroit, Boston, Providence, Toronto, Atlanta and Jacksonville and it will be my privilege to share your struggle with my audiences. I will also be passing the hat at each up my
upcoming concerts.

In the course of my travels I will seek out your members' picket lines and stop by to offer encouragement and support. Please send literature about the strike that I may pass out at my concerts to: 7206 Michigan Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15218 - or I can come downtown and pick up material if that is more convenient. Call me at 412.877.6480 if you want me to come get materials.

Whatever it takes, for as long as it takes -

In solidarity

Anne Feeney
AFM Locals 60-471 and 1000
CLUW
Wednesday, August 23rd, 2006 7:36 PM

Labor Day Picnic? Parade? Party?

If you're going to a picnic, party or parade on Labor Day you should be listening to "Union Maid" - my CD of 23 union and work songs ... it's the perfect gift for your Labor Day host... Really celebrate Labor Day and honor the working class s/heroes in your life!

Buy it now at http://cdbaby.com/cd/annefeeney and pick up a copy for yourself too! There's a discount on multiple purchases...

Check out my brand new CD too... "If I Can't Dance" at http://cdbaby.com/cd/annefeeney6

Thanks!
Friday, August 4th, 2006 12:59 PM

If I Can't Dance is Ready!!!

You can order my new CD now from CDBaby

I hope you love it as much as I do!

Once you've listened to it, I hope you'll post a review at CDBaby!
Monday, July 17th, 2006 2:55 PM

dan and monique coming home

dan and monique will be flying back to dc on july 27th

i'm sure they'll have tales to tell...

their escape from lebanon was a long, frightening and frustrating journey

they are both filled with grief at the destruction in lebanon and ashamed of US support for Israel's attack.

more news soon.

love

a
Sunday, July 16th, 2006 4:49 AM

safe and sound

I'm so pleased to report that Dan and Monique have made it safely to Antioch in Turkey. More soon! Thanks for all your prayers and good wishes. As my son said, keep sending those prayers and good wishes for all the people still stranded in Lebanon.
Friday, July 14th, 2006 2:23 PM

My son Dan and his fiance Monique Murad in Beirut

Many of you know that my son is in Beirut this summer with his fiance Monique Murad. I am planning to visit them. They are now caught in Israel's attack on Lebanon. Israel has bombed the airport in Beirut and put up a naval blockade, but I'm determined to get together with them somewhere soon.

Dan has a blog on myspace that has continually updating news from Beirut

check out

http://profile.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=user.viewprofile&friendID=40188690

if you're not a myspace member you can click here for today's posting

http://blog.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=blog.view&friendID=40188690&blogID=144449685&MyToken=45171f70-a33a-4d18-9606-227f4de16e73

you may have to cut and paste that link...

Thanks for all your expressions of concern
Thursday, May 11th, 2006 12:43 AM

The New CD

Hi

I'm just back from an exciting night in the studio! Four songs are recorded -- Defenders of Marriage -- My Feet Are Tired -- Preacher and the Slave -- Days of the Theocracy -- and a big leg up on Ya Basta! and It Isn't Nice ...

If you've been thinking about sending me $100 to help with the recording expenses, this would be a great time to do it!

Send the check to: Anne Feeney - 7206 Michigan Ave - PIttsburgh, PA 15218

Thanks for your support!

Love & solidarity
Sunday, April 30th, 2006 11:31 PM

The April Tour

It was such a pleasure to do the little mini-tour with Jack Erdie. His fabulous song "Let Their Heads Roll" is sure to be on my new recording.

The Midwest Peace and Justice Summit in Indianapolis was inspiring. It was so great to get some time with Colonel Ann Wright - After 29 years as a career military person (the things people will do to get out of Bentonville, Arkansas!) and a distinguished career in the state department, Ann resigned in disgust at this dreadful illegal war that has claimed 2400 American lives now -- as well as the lives of untold numbers of Iraqis. Ann is at Camp Casey now. I look forward to seeing her at other struggles.

Unfortunately, at the Summit my guitar suffered another near-fatal accident. My beautful D28 was crushed by a car trunk closing on it ... a huge gash in its weathered but wonderful face. I'm devastated, but once again my amazing luthier, Chris Boyle, says he can fix it. I ended up playing my son's Alvarez for the wonderful gigs at Shippensburg College, IUP, the UMWA Convention, the OPSEU convention, the Adams Avenue Roots Festival, San Diego State University, South Puget Sound Community College, Washington State University and the Madison Mayday festivities. It was very sweet of him to loan it to me, but I sure miss my guitar.

At the Shippensburg University Women's Studies Annual Banquet I was reminded again of the value of the work we did in the sixties and seventies that led to the creation of Women's Studies and Black Studies departments. I have no doubt that the small but very impressive group of graduates will go on to do great things.

The UMWA convention was a dream come true. It was the 53rd Constitutional Convention and it was held at the Riviera Hotel in Las Vegas. The mineworkers couldn't have been more gracious to me. From the moment that they met me at the airport I felt like a most honored sister and comrade. I was really touched. It was great to see Tom Juravich there and hear his band play a few tunes. Rev. Jesse Jackson delivered an inspiring speech that brought the delegates to their feet several times. Then, to my astonishment, President Cecil Roberts invited me to address the delegates as well. I was overcome. I have no doubt that my grandfather, William Patrick Feeney, addressed the UMWA constitutional convention 100 years ago. My granddad was a miner, a local officer, a one-term member of the Pennsylvania legislature and an international organizer for the UMWA. He knew and worked with Mother Jones. To share the company of the people who carry on the work of my grandfather's union for two days was a real honor and a total joy. They were a very appreciative audience too!

The IUP concert was preceded by a campus rally for tolerance and equal rights. There have been several incidents of sexual harassment and gay-bashing on campus, and hundreds of students assembled to denounce the behavior. It was fun to sing a few songs for them and the concert in the beautiful recital hall was great too. I saw some old friends there and had a great time.

I went from there to Toronto to the Ontario Public Sector Employees Convention. I'll have to continue this narrative in a later missive. I've got to get the Fellow Travelers' Advisory out!
Tuesday, March 28th, 2006 8:20 PM

Myspace

Hi

I've finally got a music space at Myspace

You can download music and see high speed video and dial-up speed videos of my performance at the National Labor College during the Great Labor Arts Exchange, and for 1.6 million feminists at the April 25, 2004 March for Women's Lives in Washington, DC. The first video features Janet Stecher & Susan Lewis (Rebel Voices) and Jon Fromer providing harmony vocals. The second video features my daughter, Amy Berlin, our friend Llewellyn Gannon and Peter Yarrow of Peter, Paul and Mary with his daughter, Bethany Yarrow.
Sunday, March 26th, 2006 1:09 AM

The Florida Tour! (no wonder I don't do this all the time... it's work!)

Florida Diary

What a great tour! Despite catching a nasty bronchial something-or-other a week into the trip, this was the best Florida tour ever. The potluck and house concert at Florida's real "magic kingdom" - Broderson's fabulous house on Imaginary Road - was the perfect kickoff to the tour. (March 2nd) Afterward we did some singing under the stars around a campfire with Doug Gauss, followed by hot tubbing with my pal Julie Hauserman.

(March 3rd) Then on to the Fogartyville Cafe - an oasis in Bradenton. I met and performed with Jim Glover - a 60's folk icon of the duo "Jim and Jeanne" - Jim says that "Mitch and Micky" in "A Mighty Wind" were patterned after him and Jeanne. Arlene and David, the brilliant owners of Fogartyville, are also instrumental in getting a low power FM station - WSLR - onto the airwaves in Sarasota. The show was a fundraiser for the station and drew a great crowd. My dear friend Diane Stein showed up with a box of chocolates and a copy of her fantastic book "The Women's Book of Healing." We visited a cool artist's studio for a party afterward, but I've lost her contact info.

(March 4th) The next night it was on to Gainesville. Lars Din opened the show and did a great job. And my pal Evan Greer showed up with his fiddling friend Hannah. Evan and I did a couple tunes together, which was tons of fun. I hope to record one of his songs -
Sunday, February 5th, 2006 7:47 PM
Go Stillers

here i am enthusiastically understanding football for the first time in my life in the middle of the night watching espn on a computer in copenhagen...

TD!! yes!! Go Steelers!
Wednesday, December 7th, 2005 7:32 PM
Hi Folks!

Now is the time to buy "Union Maid" or "Have You Been to Jail for Justice?" for the working class (s)heroes in your lives... for that hard-to-buy-for friend...or for yourself!

The perfect stocking stuffers available now with special holiday discounts at http://cdbaby/all/unionmaid

Hope your holidays are fabulous!

Love, peace & solidarity
Anne
Tuesday, November 29th, 2005 6:32 PM
The Political Songs Laboratory at Stallet last night was absoutely fabulous. Stallet used to be a stable, and now it is home to all sorts of wonderful music in Stockholm. Odetta will be there on Friday night. Jan Hammarlund did a sensational job of organizing and publicizing the show. Had a quick visit with Izzy Young beforehand. He's very happy about all the attention he's been receiving since "No Direction Home," the terrific Bob Dyland documentary, aired in the US and Europe. Stockholm is cold and snowy, but beautiful as ever.
Saturday, November 26th, 2005 11:37 AM
SALE AT CDBaby!

Hi folks

Just in time for your holiday shopping, I've lowered prices on my CDs at CDBaby through December 23, 2005. Buy more than one copy of Union Maid, The Great Peace March, or Have You Been to Jail for Justice? and you'll see a holiday discount kick in. AND you can get Look to the Left for $9.99 and my 1994 live album, Heartland, for only $5. Visit http://cdbaby.com/all/unionmaid today. Looking for something else that's wonderful? Try my gallery at http://cdbaby.com/group/annespicks to discover some of my fabulously talented friends!
Wednesday, November 2nd, 2005 2:13 PM
Saturday, November 5th, 2005 8:00 PM

Very Special Event! House Concert with
Pat Humphries and Sandy O - Emma's Revolution w special guest Gina Forsyth
plus Anne Feeney
elegant East End location to be disclosed when you email me to reserve a seat!
http://www.emmasrevolution.com/ http://ginaforsyth.com
Price: $25 suggested
This will be one of the most memorable musical evenings of your life! Bring a generous check for the Molly Yard Title IX Fund too! Light refreshments will be provided. Email anne@annefeeney.com to reserve, or call 1.800.749.0558
Wednesday, October 12th, 2005 2:19 PM
Hi there---

You AOL users will have to figure out how to get on the mailing list...

it looks like AOL has installed some new filter to keep you from getting the newsletter...

If one of you figures this out, could you let me know so that I can pass the information on to other subscribers?

Thanks

Anne

Tuesday, August 16th, 2005 8:39 AM
Hi there folks.....

I'm back at home in Pittsburgh for a couple days and I'm aghast at the holes in my schedule... my hope and plan is to be in the midwest for most of September and October.... If that's where you live & you'd like to see me there, please drop me an email to anne@annefeeney.com ... we'll try to figure something out.

I'm looking for all kinds of work - house concerts, festivals, colleges, banquets, conferences, rallies, riots - you name it. If you've never hosted a house concert but think you might want to try it... drop me a line.

In November I'm planning a trip to Fort Benning... I'm tentatively planning on flying into Jacksonville on Friday, Nov 11th and hanging out in Florida until Friday the 18th. If you're in Florida and would like to see me in November, let me know!

If someone wants to get me a ticket to Crawford to go sing for Cindy Sheehan, I would *love* to do that......

That's all for now. Thanks!
Sunday, August 7th, 2005 7:12 PM
The AFL-CIO Summer School at the University of Oregon in Eugene was a really upbeat experience. While there is a good bit of uncertainty as to how the shakeups at the top will play out, it's clear that the rank and file is unified and hopeful... and making great gains. Lots of contract victory stories and grass roots empowerment. It was a joy to be around so many engaged activists... thanks to Bob Bussell for the invite, and to Kyle & the rest of the UO team who did such a great job with the sound & lights.

I'm returning to Pittsburgh on a redeye tomorrow night. I'm sure 10 minutes of Pittsburgh August weather will cure my homesickness... but I'm back on the left coast again by the 21st...

Life is good.

Sign up for my mailing list, won't ya? Tell me a little about who you are & the work that you do. Leave me a message in my guest book or email me at anne@annefeeney.com

Onward!
Monday, August 1st, 2005 3:06 AM
About 40 people showed up last night for the gig at the Yachats Commons - a great room with a wonderful stage and sound system. Ann Miller did a great job organizing it... she did a terrific poster, too... Robert, Steve, Gene and all the folks who helped put it together were so great. I got to see "This is what Democracy Looks Like" on a 17 foot screen! awesome! Now I'm back at Ann's amazing house/studio in Newport with what I'm sure is an unbelievable view... I can't wait until morning! I'm going hiking on the Oregon coast and then back to Portland to help Amy move into her new apartment.
Wednesday, July 27th, 2005 3:07 AM
The August "Fellow Travelers' Advisory" will be coming out soon... For now, I'll tell you that Jack Erdie's song "Let Their Heads Roll" has been a huge hit on this tour. I'm also learning some material from the Prince Myshkins, a fabulous group out of Madison, WI. I've posted some great links about what's going on in the labor movement on my blog. The parody I wrote for the United workers is going to be Labor Notes' "Song of the Month." The Musicians' Union convention in Las Vegas was really exciting this year... and we passed a strong anti-war resolution there... as did the AFL-CIO today in Chicago. The tour of the great northwest (and Canadian southwest) has been fantastic. What a joy to travel with my daughter, Amy Berlin. Folks seem to really love the mother/daughter parts of the show.

I'm thinking about dipping down into Florida after the SOA Watch action at Fort Benning... I'll be looking for some things to do in northern and central Florida... anyone interested??

More to come soon! Adelante!
Thursday, July 14th, 2005 2:07 PM
garberville, ca -- just back from a run through the redwoods... the natural beauty here is unsurpassed... it just doesn't get any better than this.. last night amy (my daughter) and i did a show at the garberville civic club... a very appreciative wednesday night audience showed up to support KMUD , a terrific community radio station.

oregon country fair was everything you would expect an established vaudeville, crafts, music and magic show to be... contortionists, sword-swallowers, acrobats, stilt walkers, puppets ... and soooooo many wonderful folks...

and it was great to stop in ashland for a labor/environment show with my pal pat dodd. Wes and Steve and Mori did a fabulous job organizing again... you should read up on the community battle to stop logging in "the biscuit."

today it's off to San Francisco.. It will be great to be in the Bay area, and I'm also really looking forward to serving as a delegate to the national musicians' union convention in las vegas... i've got to add that traveling with my daughter is a total joy. she's been reading "the da vinci code" aloud to me when the scenery doesn't demand our oohs and aaahs.

adelante!



Monday, July 4th, 2005 3:43 PM
The Interdependence Day show at Sam Bond's in Eugene.... What fun! I had been warned that no one would probably be there for the show because there was a three day outdoor live music festival in progress and all the local venues were really slow. But, Jeanine Malito (who marched on the Great Peace March) rounded up a nice crowd, and Brian QTN's many loyal fans did not let us down. It was a great prelude to Oregon Country Fair (July 8-10). I brought a Happy Birthday sign to hang on the stage... Brian was wishing it said "Happy B-Earth-Day" -- he's so clever... the Interdependence Day thing is his too... My daughter Amy led the crowd on "Preacher and the Slave" and sold CDs for us. It was a great treat to see my old friend from Pittsburgh, David Miller, at the show. He heard about it from my dear friend Rosanna Lane in Waynesburg, who sent him the "Fellow Travelers' Advisory." David is doing sculpture and welding and carpentry work here in Eugene. So, if you're thinking about your friend who lives in San Francisco, or Ashland, or Seattle .... send them a copy of this month's FTA so I can meet them on the road!
Wednesday, June 29th, 2005 12:43 AM
The Winona, MN gig on June 17th was way cool... Polly Gower is a great organizer... We had a great show at a small coffee house -- the Blue Heron... a native American performer, Raphael, opened the show with a great set of songs. Driving down highway 61 from Minneapolis is gorgeous... Returned the rental car the next day and headed to the Great Labor Arts Exchange. It was fantastic, as usual... I got to see Jill Friedberg's new film about the Mexican teachers' unions (she also made "this is what democracy looks like") - saw the rough cut of George Mann's film bio of Julius Margolin... thoroughly enjoyed both. My friend Pam Parker will be playing at Blues Alley - a legendary DC jazz club. Receiving the Joe Hill award was thrilling. My son and his sweetheart Monique Murad came in to the conference both nights. Faith Petric brought down the house at the Tuesday night conference with a stirring rendition of "ya gotta have a penis if you want to be a priest." The Wednesday after GLAE my son and Monique and Janet Stecher and I went to a great DC club called Zanzibar and got to see Hugh Masakela perform. He did not disappoint. What a great show. Then Janet and I headed to St Louis for the Midwest Labor Press Association conference. We were treated so well there and had a great time.

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