converging struggles past and present
This week’s radio selections include brand new songs inspired by mass actions happening as we speak and a variety of songs inspired by events and protests whose anniversaries fall in the early days of December. There are new songs and classic ones that relate to the continuing killing of black mothers’ sons by police acting with impunity. An historical dimension—the murder of Cheney, Goodman, and Schwerner in Mississippi 50 years ago—these three much sung about and now awarded the national freedom medal. There is the mass worker protests at Wal-Mart and other places demanding living wages.
This week marks the 50th anniversary of the Sproul Hall occupation at Berkeley—where Xmas songs were adapted to the movement moment. It’s the 30th anniversary of the Bhopal disaster; at least 15000 died in the worst industrial catastrophe in history. And 15 years ago, the street battle in Seattle sparked the continuously unfolding grassroots movement against corporate globalization. And John Lennon was murdered 34 years ago this week. Songs can help us remember.
culture of protest thurs 12/4/14 6 pm pdt kcsb 91.9fm www.kcsb.org