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A MUSICAL NIGHT AT STAN BARTON'S 
Stan Barton and musical friends get together at his home on an early summer evening in the rolling hills of Busti (NY) to play impromptu a few tunes. Stanley Barton (fiddle & lute); Howard McAvoy (electric guitar); Barbara Dyskant (piano & vocal); Flute & Percussion: Nadine Dyskant-Miller (flute & percussion) Doug Pain (drums); Juli Bessey (vocal & guitar).

Re-post: FEB. 15, 2003: NOT IN OUR NAME
A month before the U.S. invaded Iraq, over 500,000 people marched in Washington DC to stop that war. "Not in our name," they said. The U.S. government invaded any way, killing over a million people, draining America of its wealth and humanity.
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MIDWEST RENEWABLE ENERGY FAIR 2007: -collage to music-
The largest Alternative Energy and Sustainable Living Fair in the Americas, this is a collage of a day at the 18th annual fair in Custer Wisconsin. Come out next year June 20-22 2008. 
see also: www.the-mrea.org
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A SONG FOR CINDY SHEEHAN: DAVID ROVICS Concert in Toledo Ohio -2006
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DAVID ROVICS IN CONCERT: THE COMMONS
First you told us only through you could we know God/ And if we dared to question then He wouldn't spare the rod/ For you we worked the soil, for you we dug the moors/ For you we shed our blood and fought so many pointless wars/ And now you build your fences and say there's nothing we can do/ You say the world around us belongs fairly to the few/ But about six billion people no doubt will agree/ This world is our home, not your property/ It's the commons/ our right of birth/ And to you who would enclose the land all around the Earth/ Our future is your downfall, when we cut this ball and chain/ You who'd sacrifice the public good for your private gain… Toledo, Ohio April 19, 2006
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FROG SOUP BLUES: MICHAEL KELLY Fellow Frogs! Awake! Listen to the song that warns us of our fate! "Your uncle and his friends are in the kitchen fixing something for you. You're uncle and his friends are fixing you frog soup. Takes privileges one by one, you don't even know you been duped. Well, your eyes are glued to TV, they got you in a trance. One degree at a time, your uncle, he turns up the heat. Well, you don't even notice, he does it in broad daylight while you sleep. Better wake up and see what's cooking, he's making frog soup out of you." St. Paul, Minnesota, Sept. 2005
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THE MISSILE DICK CHICKS: THESE BOMBS ARE MADE FOR DROPPING May Day, 2005 Central Park, NYC They are a posse of pissed-off housewives from Crawford, Texas, the home of their beloved President George Walker Bush. Usually, they say, they prefer to leave the talking to their husbands, but recent events have conspired to drag them away from their martinis and over-the-counter pharmaceuticals and into the streets. www.missiledickchicks.net  4 min. 
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DAVID ROVICS: NAGASAKI May 1, 2005 Central Park, NYC Thousands from across the world rally in to expose nuclear weapons, past and present. Among the speakers and artists were: David Rovics who sings 'Nagasaki' as the camera pans the faces of people who live with memories of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. 4.5 min. 3.7meg isdn quality quicktime file - thanks to DCIMC
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THAT WAS THE WEEK: TOM NEILSON sings "That was the Week" Musicians Union Hall, NY City - April 30, 2005. "There was a famine that happened somewhere, one million children without a care, but it never made the TV news, cause that was the week Mike Jackson got sued.. and two lands agreed to lay day down their guns and end a war that could never be won but we never gave it one minute of thought because that was the week that Peewee got caught, that was the week another 2 thousand died, Iraqi Children from our genocide.. oh that was the week they could have been saved but there wasn't room on the frontpage..." www.tomneilsonmusic.com 5 min. 3 meg isdn winmedia file - thanks to NYCIMC - 3.9 meg isdn quality quicktime file - thanks to ARCHIVE
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DAVID ROVICS: SING A SONG FOR CHAVEZ, BEFORE THE COUP
Puddlers Hall, Milwaukee, May 5.  Sponsored by the Milwaukee Industrial Workers of the World.
www.davidrovics.com  www.iww.org
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LARAMIE CROCKER: CARGO Laramie Crocker plays his song 'Cargo' written in response to the banned images of coffins coming back from Iraq that slipped out of the stranglehold that the Bush administration has over the media. He played 'Cargo' in Sheboygan WI on Mar 16 at an Peace Justice and anti-war event put on by the Sheboygan Peaceseekers and Veterans for Peace Sheboygan.
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IN MEMORIAM: JOLIE RICKMAN (1970-2005)
She entertained us with her wit, her voice, her guitar, her lively spirit of joy and rebellion. "Her dedication to making the world better for the down-trodden and promoting true democracy were genuine and remarkable. Our love is with you, Jolie..." link With Colleen Kattau, Jolie sings two songs at a Pax Christi/SOA Watch event, Nov. 15, 2002.
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“GEORGE BUSH IS A TERRORIST” - The lead singer of the Toronto-based hip hop group, The Dope Poet Society, Professor D, is accompanied in song by a Greek Chorus. Images (signs) from a Buffalo NY rally Nov. 13 and Ottawa protests (15,000 strong, Nov. 30, 2004) against Bush’s presence in Canada. Photos from Fallujah thanks to Dahr Jamail, Link TV, Democracy Now, BBC. The Dope Poet Society performance took place at the Intl. Citizens' Inquiry into 9-11, Toronto, May 29, 2004.
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FOLLOW THE MONEY: Rochester Raging Grannies sing in Buffalo: "Follow the money to see why the war was long planned...Follow the money, then we will all understand -- it leads to the White House front door...They've gone and bombed the Iraqis so Halliburton can get more...George Bush and Cheney, they're evil right down to their toes...they lie to the people while the list of our debt grows and grows...Big Money interests dictate our government's plan. It's time to take back our country..(Southwestern NY Peace Center, Oct. 30, 2004) 2 minutes 1.6meg quicktime - thanks to AtlantaIMC
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RAGING GRANNIES (TORONTO) SING: STOP THE SECURITY PRETENSE
(to the tune of Teddy Bears’ Picnic) – “If you think we have our liberty still, you’re in for a big surprise. We’re under surveillance everywhere; it’s just that they’re in disguise. For you and me, as good as we look, if we protest we’re seen as crooks. Cause that’s the way they play the security pretense… If they think there’s nothing we can do, we’ll give them a big surprise – we’ll pry and poke and investigate, until we’ve exposed their lies. Democracy will win the day, and secrecy will be passé, so we can stop the game of security pretense.” The Raging Grannies (May 27, 2004, Toronto) dedicated their songs to “all whistleblowers everywhere.” 4 minutes OFFLINE  2.1meg quicktime - thanks to HamiltonIMC
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OPERATION IRAQI LIBERATION: O.I.L. - DAVID ROVICS
The first name for the illegal invasion of Iraq was Operation Iraqi Liberation, but when the Pentagon realized they had the acronym O.I.L. the name was switched. David Rovics revives the original in song.
"Operation Iraqi Liberation.. what does that spell? ... O. I. L."
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MOTHER’S DAY: Peter Jones song is sung by Lucy Murphy and Pam Parker, January 18, 2003 anti war rally, Washington, D.C. “You take my children. You think I don’t see. You use them to fire on women like me. I wanted my children to have a good skill but they go in your army and you teach them to kill. Rifles and guns won’t win any wars unless you’ve got something that’s worth fighting for…” 3 min
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DAVID ROVICS: REICHSTAG FIRE One of America’s great troubadours, Rovics sings at the Herbst Theatre, San Francisco (March 27, 2004): “I am left to wonder as the flames are rising higher -- Is this our latest Lusitania or another Reichstag Fire? -- Now you carry out your plans which you have had for decades - conquering the world with your troops and bombing raids.” Rovics performed at Phase One of the 9-11 International Inquiry. Phase Two: Toronto - begins May 30, 2004 http://www.911inquiry.org 
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TRUTH IN ADVERTISING: Automakers cry ‘Buy American’ while they cut jobs in the US in favor of cheap labor and few environmental restrictions elsewhere. Charlie King, Karen Brandow, and the Prince Myshkins tell the story of the automakers deception in advertising in song. 
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12 DAYS OF... INVASION:  Impromptu SOAWatch quartet sings a capella Charlie King's song.  King is joined by Karen Brandow and the Prince Myshkins (Rick Burkhardt and Andy Gricevich) in an updated version of the familiar "The Twelve Days of Christmas," a song of the Catholic underground, 1558 to 1829, when it was a crime to be a Catholic in England.  King also draws attention to the psychological projection and hypocrisy of the Bush administration with his preface: "Have you ever noticed how many of the things that the American president says about the Iraqi click to play media file
president and his country apply to the American president?"  Nov. 15, 02 Columbus GA www.charlieking.org/bios.html  www.cin.org/twelveday.html www.hiddenagendamusic.com/myshkins/
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IT'S ABOUT OIL: AMY MARTIN explains in song the motivation behind U.S. aggression towards Iraq: “It’s about oil, it’s about greed, it’s about rich white men getting richer; it’s about fear; and control – of those barrels of black gold. We never really say what we’re fighting for – it’s easy to pretend we’re defending our native soil…” Martin sang at the SOA Watch events, Ft. Benning, GA, Nov. 16, 2002. www.amy-martin.com
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ROILY, OILY, GARKY'S GOTTA GO: Colleen Kattau & Jolie Rickman sing Kattau's song at a fundraiser concert for SOA Watch, Nov. 15, 2002, Columbus GA.
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IMAGINE: A BETTER WORLD IS POSSIBLE A brief look at Puppetista pageantry and music: the SOAWatch Celebration of Hope and Commitment, Nov. 16, 2002, at the gates of Ft. Benning, Georgia. 5 min.
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BY THE TIME THEY CAME FOR ME: KAREN BRANDOW AND CHARLIE KING sing a song by Seattle labor activist Mike Stern. The song is based on the words of Lutheran pastor Martin Niemoller, who lived and died under the Nazi Third Reich. A famous U-boat commander in World War I, the minister was one of the few who openly resisted the world’s first experiment in corporate rule (assisted by a coterie of thugs). Today, there are many more Niemollers. We met many in Columbus, Georgia, Nov. 14-17, 2002. This video, filmed in Washington DC (April, click to play media file
 2002) and Ft. Benning GA, is dedicated to Sen. Paul Wellstone who, had he lived, would have voted with the 9 senators who opposed the Homeland Security Act, legislation none were given time to even pretend to read. http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0211/S00114.htm 
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RAGING GRANNIES Call for Peace, A.N.S.W.E.R. rally Oct. 26 D.C. -150,000 march on White House.
Grannies sing to the tune of Frere Jacques: “US Congress, US Congress…What did you do? what did you do?... Your vote for the war machine…was quite obscene….Vote for Peace vote for Peace….Death unending, military spending…What a waste…what a Waste…Reinstate some sanity…Spend it for Humanity…Vote for Peace…Vote for Peace…” www.raginggrannies.com  
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CROSSING THE LINE: STEVE JACOBS sings Crossing the Line, giving us a glimpse of some of the 96 who crossed onto Ft. Benning, Nov. 17, 2002. They surrender their freedom in an attempt to let fellow US citizens know what is being done in our names – at the notorious School of Americas/WHISC. As Jacobs says, this song and film is for Phil Berrigan. 
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BEHIND THAT GATE: DAVID ROVICS AND ALLIE ROSENBLATT sing a song Rovics’ wrote a few hours earlier. The morning Ledger-Inquirer (Columbus, Ga.)confirmed with headlines that the Bush Jr.-appointed federal judge had ordered metal detectors be used on the expected 10,000 peace activists. Columbus police had insisted that searches were necessary to stop “anarchists wearing black masks and frenzied women bearing [sic] their breasts.” A friend’s remark to Rovics, “If they’re looking for weapons, they ought to look behind that gate” was the genesis of this song. www.davidrovics.com - 4 min OFFLINE  realmedia 28k connection
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COKE IS THE DRINK OF THE DEATH SQUADS: David Rovics and Allie Rosenblatt sing Rovics' song, "Coke..." at the April 2002 D.C. Colombia Mobilization (SOAWatch). www.davidrovics.com - 4 min OFFLINE  realmedia 28k connection
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Billy Bragg: "Power in a Union"
This 3-min. video of Billy Bragg singing “Power in a Union” (Feb. 1, 2001 at the anti-World Economic Forum demonstration), is dedicated to the ILWU
 
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PAT HUMPHRIES: The voice of Cherokee and Apache nations is heard in this song dedicated to the native U’wa of Colombia “who have been poisoned and are being killed largely because the US wants the valuable resources on their land more than anything else, more than they want these people to live in peace and dignity.”
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DAVID ROVICS : Hang a Flag in the Window / No War on Iraq
David Rovics offers in song his analysis of US foreign and domestic policy: “The Axis of Evil / We’ll bomb ‘em down the skids / There’ll be no more terrorists / Once we kill their kids / People may starve / And economies may crumble / But those folks’ll just / Have to learn to be more humble….” With Allie Rosenblatt April 21, 02 DC Colombia Mobilization. www.davidrovics.com 
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