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  • We Were There Evening — New Date Due to Wintry Weather!

    WeWereThereFeb_5Due to some rather wintry weather we’ve had to reschedule our celebration of Women’s History Month. All the details with the exception of date remain the same. See you there!

    On Thursday, March 12th, 2015 at 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm The Labor Heritage Foundation is presenting We Were There–A Celebration of Women’s History Month.

    With Bev Grant, singer/songwriter/cultural worker & choral director. Check out our poster for all the other great talent that will be making this evening an exciting and enjoyable night!

    The evening is co-sponsored by AFL-CIO Civil, Human and Women’s Rights Department, American Federation of Teachers and the Coalition of Labor Union Women.

    PMN Winter Gathering – Greenfield, MA, January 23-25, 2015

    WinterGatheringThis weekend will be inspiring! We’ll have our Friday night concert – featuring Kim and Reggie Harris and many other performers – in the Greenfield Middle School Auditorium, starting at 7:30pm on January 23, 2015. Throughout the weekend, we’ll have educational workshops, songswaps, one-on-one mentoring sessions with Kim and Reggie, and a Saturday night round robin – all highlighting the role of music in progressive social change. Expect lots of opportunities to share music and to collaborate on ways to bring music for progressive politics out into the world.

    We have a great group of local musicians and activists who are planning the program and logistics. Please contact Ben Grosscup <ben.grosscup@peoplesmusic.org> if you would like to get involved.

    Find out more!

    “Our Favorite Things” The DC Labor Chorus Holiday Concert

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    DC Labor Chorus Presents

    A Holiday Concert of Favorite and Sacred Songs – Our Favorite Things

    When: Saturday, December 13 at 7:30 p.m.
    Where: The Chapel at the new ATU Training and Education Center – 10000 New Hampshire Ave., Silver Spring, MD 20903

    Admission is free, with donations gratefully accepted.

    The D.C. Labor Chorus’ annual Favorite and Sacred Songs Holiday Concert — “Our Favorite Things” will be Saturday December 13, 2014 at 7:30pm at The Chapel at the new ATU Training and Education Center. 10000 New Hampshire Ave. Silver Spring, MD 20903.

    Remember fellow activists, “We sing for all who labor!” Plan (in advance please.) to invite the D.C. Labor Chorus to your event, and add music to your message, build solidarity with song! WE ARE EXPERIENCED, we can suggest songs and formats that amplify your message. Contact us by phone at 202-215-2902 or by email at: execdirector@laborheritage.org or through our Facebook page DC Labor Chorus.

    *Join your voice with ours! We rehearse every Monday from 7-9pm at the Washington Ethical Society and welcome new member auditions at 8:30pm.*


    Solidarity Sing Along Continues in Wisconsin

    The daily noon hour weekday Solidarity Sing Along at the Wisconsin State Capitol continues! It’s outdoors on Fridays, and yes, even during the winter! It is on the State street side of the State Capitol building. Bring your fiddle or guitar.  It’s been running for three years every day, like the ferry. And it will ferry union spirits during the exile days of Scott Walker.

    The 2014 Joe Hill Awardees

    This year’s annual Joe Hill Awards honored Pat Wynne and Charlie King, two amazing individuals who not only embody the work and life of Joe Hill but also exemplify how the arts can influence workers and civil rights.

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    Photo by L. Smoot

    We congratulate Pat Wynne and Charlie King for their remarkable work and ongoing efforts!

    The award is named for Joe Hill, a radical songwriter, labor activist and member of the Industrial Workers of the World. He was executed for murdering a local anti-union businessman and his son. Hill was memorialized in a tribute poem written about 1930 by Alfred Hayes, titled “I Dreamed I Saw Joe Hill Last Night” (often referred to simply as “Joe Hill”).

    Hayes’s lyrics were turned into a song in 1936 by Earl Robinson. Paul Robeson and Pete Seeger often performed this song and are associated with it. Joan Baez’s Woodstock performance of “Joe Hill” in 1969 is the most well-known recording.

    The Labor Heritage Foundation began presenting the Joe Hill Award in 1989. The award, given during the foundation’s annual Great Labor Arts Exchange arts festival, honors an individual for a body of work in the field of labor culture.

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