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Mountain Goats and Wisconsin Unions

10 Mar

Yesterday, before the ignoble procedural maneuver that stripped collective bargaining rights away from Wisconsin voters, John Darnielle of The Mountain Goats recorded a video of himself singing Joe Hill’s “There is Power in a Union”. He accompanied it with the following note, which is truer now even more than it was last night:

“Everybody knows I don’t generally do the acoustic guitar guy rocking political jams deal but as a former member of SEIU 660 & the California Association of Psychiatric Technicians & a kid who benefitted from great teachers I wanted to spend tonight saying WE ARE ON YOUR SIDE xo jd “

Power In A Union from JD on Vimeo.

For more on Wisconsin, check out the Mother Jones feature “What’s Happening in Wisconsin Explained” and take a look at this speech by Michael Moore, on how America is not broke. It’s your country and your freedom, and don’t buy into the idea that your fellow everyday friends are the ones taking it away from you. Even Ronald Reagan, who has been more vicious as ghost than he was as deluded and distant president, even the Gipper said it once: “Where free unions and collective bargaining are forbidden, freedom is lost.”

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