Salute to Pete Seeger! Fascism Will Never Beat the People’s Power!

In the 1970s, Pete Seeger was invited to sing in Barcelona, Spain. Francisco Franco’s fascist government, the last of the dictatorships that started World War II, was still in power but declining. A pro-democracy movement was gaining strength and to prove it, they invited America’s best-known freedom singer to Spain. More that a hundred thousand people were in the stadium, where rock bands had played all day. But the crowd had come for Seeger.

As Pete prepared to go on, government officials handed him a list of songs he was not allowed to sing. Pete studied it mournfully, saying it looked an awful lot like his set list. But they insisted: he must not sing any of these songs.

Pete took the government’s list of banned songs and strolled on stage. He held up the paper and said, “I’ve been told that I’m not allowed to sing these songs.” He grinned at the crowd and said, “So I’ll just play the chords; maybe you know the words. They didn’t say anything about *you* singing them.”

He strummed his banjo to one song after another, and they all sang. A hundred thousand defiant freedom singers breaking the law with Pete Seeger, filling the stadium with words their government did not want them to hear, words they all knew and had sung together, in secret circles, for years.

What could the government do? Arrest a hundred thousand singers? It had been beaten by a few banjo chords and the fame of a man whose songs were on the lips of the whole world.”

Thanks to Chicago folk legend Mark Dvorak for passing along this amazing story shared by Chip Patullo. ❤️

Wisconsin: Youth Empowered in the Struggle (YES) Fighting for #SchoolLunchJustice

We are Youth Empowered in the Struggle (YES) and we are fighting for #SchoolLunchJustice at Milwaukee Public Schools. We demand fresh food cooked at school, more options, accommodations for cultural, religious, and medical needs, larger portions, and pay raises for workers. ¡Sí se puede!

Photo credits: JJessica Schmidt Voces de la Fronte

September 2022

George Jackson’s Contributions Live On!

African-American Roundtable

Happy Birthday to the originator of Black August, George Jackson!
“International capitalism cannot be destroyed without the extremes of struggle. The entire colonial world is watching the blacks inside the U.S., wondering and waiting for us to come to our senses. Their problems and struggles with the Amerikan monster are much more difficult than they would be if we actively aided them. We are on the inside. We are the only ones (besides the very small white minority left) who can get at the monster’s heart without subjecting the world to nuclear fire. We have a momentous historical role to act out if we will. The whole world for all time in the future will love us and remember us as the righteous people who made it possible for the world to live on.” – George Jackson

Petition: Support Red Cross Workers Demanding Wage Increases


The American Red Cross has agreed to provide its employees in Illinois with raises of 13-25%. They’ve also agreed to increase wages by 3% plus $2 per hour in Minnesota. In both states’ portions of these raises were retroactive to October 1, 2021.

But for Wisconsin and Iowa, the Badger-Hawkeye region, they are trying to force the workers to accept 1.5%-3% prospective raises and threatening to eliminate their hard-won healthcare plan if they don’t agree.  

The company continues to refuse to agree to their proposals around provisions for safe footwear and clothing for those loading trucks daily as well as the very real problems of last-minute mandations.

Please stand with them and add your name to this petition. The Badger-Hawkeye workers are not worth less than Illinois’ or Minnesota’s.

Madison, October 1, 2022: Tell Chase Bank: Stop Funding Line 5!


22 E Mifflin Street, Madison, WI – 10 A.M.

‣ Worried about more heat, floods, and fires?
‣ Tired of fossil fuel companies calling the shots?
‣ Support justice for Indigenous and frontline communities?

Join us to tell Chase Bank: Stop Funding Line 5!

WHAT: Rally at Chase Bank
WHEN: Saturday, October 1, 10:00 am
WHERE: Chase Bank on the Square, 22 E. Mifflin St., Madison

Chase Bank is the biggest funder of fossil fuel projects in the world, including a project right here in our backyard: Line 5.

Line 5 is a pipeline expansion project in northern Wisconsin that threatens the hunting and fishing grounds of the Bad River Band of Lake Superior Chippewa and carries 23 million gallons of tar sands oil to market every day. This is happening at a time when we know fossil fuels need to remain in the ground to keep the effects of climate change that we’re already seeing — extreme heat, heavy rainfall and flooding, fires — from getting worse. As illustrated by the extreme heat and drought in the American West and the disastrous flooding in Pakistan — which has displaced more than 33 million people and killed more than 1,500 — climate change has a disproportionate impact on the poor, on communities of color, and on the Global South. We must confront those who perpetrate these crimes — and in our community, that’s Chase!

We are thrilled that a coalition of climate change activists and groups — 350 Wisconsin, Sierra Club, People’s Green New Deal, and Building Unity Wisconsin — has come together to organize this rally! Show up to yell, dance, sing, leaflet, or just stand with us in solidarity. We’ll get Chase’s attention and reach the Farmers’ Market crowd too! If you’re interested in helping with the rally or want to know more, please get in touch with Stephanie ( or Marc (

On October 1, let’s tell Chase loud and clear:
‣ Stop Funding Climate Chaos
‣ Respect Indigenous Sovereignty

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