Friday, January 31, 2014

Pete Seeger, part 2

Some readers thought my post about Pete Seeger failed to recognize that sweet children's songs were hardly the most important legacy of the singer and activist.  I agree.  Seeger was involved in virtually every progressive battle of the last sixty years of the 20th century and into the 21st.  Here's a good piece from The Nation about Pete's unending commitment to building a better world.  And for those of a liberal bent (which, in my experience, has increasingly meant skepticism about unions), it is worth remembering that at the core of his activism was a belief that labor unions were the essential vehicle for creating a more progressive nation.  People having a voice at the workplace and the strength to resist corporate power and push for laws and policies that benefit working people is the foundation for a more progressive country.

Abiyoyo has its David and Goliath overtones.  But Solidarity Forever speaks to Pete Seeger's values more directly.

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