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Saturday November 6, 2010:
Si Kahn and singing for your life

Folk Plus is a blend of cotemporary and older singer songwriters with perhaps spoken word or Broadway tunes, or whatever may be relevant to the theme.  The station's website and stream are online at WWW.WJFFRADIO.ORG

Today in the studio is author, musician, activist and songwriter Si Kahn. His newest release is Courage. I read the quick bio from the back of his latest book Creative community organizing, guide for rabble rousers, activits and quiet lovers of justice

        "Si Kahn has worked for 45 years as a civil rights, labor and community organizer and musician. He began his social justice career in 1965 with SNCC  the student wing of the Southern Civil Rights Movement. During hte 1970s he worked with the United Mine Workers of Amreica on the Brookside strike in harlan county Kentucky and with the Amalgamated Clothing and Textile workers union on the JPStevens Campaign. In 1980, he founded Grassroots Leadership, the Southern-based national organization he founded 30 years ago, that works to abolish all for-profit private prisons, jails and detention centers, as a step towards helping create a prison and criminal justice system that is truly just and humane."

In the forward Jim Hightower, columist and activits quotes Si as saying: "Democracy is not something that happens only at election time, and not something that happens just with one event. It's an ongoing, grassroots building process.

"One of the greatest skills an organizer can have" Si writes, "is the abiltiy to frame and ask quesitons in ways that make peole not only want to answer them but also think deeply and in unexpected way, about what the answers might be"  Jim Hightower says that Si isnt talking about sound bites or knee jerk patriotism, he is talking about creative thinking, myth busting and people-first solutions. He is talking about ordinary poeple making history."

1. Emma's Revolution [Sandy O and Pat Humphries] - Bound for Freedom  -
[Ordinary people making history]

Hightower said that the best political button he ever saw was at an environmental rally in Vermont saying "wearing a button is not enough."  Hightower says that Si makes it clear. To achieve the goals of fairness, justice and eual oporutnity for all we must be more than a nation of button wearers.

There is a second forward to Si's book by Angela Davis. She focuses on the need to visualize before change.

" The key to understanding how Si Kahn envisions the role of culture in organizing for radical change resides in that signifacace of storytelling.... through these stories we learn how to imagine ourselves as communities empowered to create change"

2. Joe Jencks -  Rise as One - Rise as One -  Inverted turtle music

During the show we spoke about the idea of singing for a purpose. What is a poilitical song? What is a love song? Are all songs political? We talked and played music on farmers, mining, prisons, immigration, peace and What it means to have a song that tries to make a difference in the world?

3. Dick Gaughin - Different Kind of Love Song - Different Kind of Love Song - Folk Freak

4. Rebel Voice [Janet Stecher and Susan Lewis] - Sing a Song of Social Significance- Warning, Women at Work -

5. Si Kahn - [w/kathy mattea] Clarence Kailin 302 - Courage - Strictly Country Records

6. Nancy Griffith - Cotton's All We Got - Loving Kind - Rounder

7. Si Kahn - [w/kathy mattea] On This Old Farm 253 - Courage - Strictly Country Records

8. John McCutcheon - Ask Any Farmer - What Its Like - Rounder

9. Si Kahn - Wigan Pier 304 - We're Still Here - Strictly Country Records

10.  Kathy Mattea - {Ritchie} L & N Doesnt Stop Here Anymore - Coal - R.E.D.

11. Si Kahn - Molly Maguire 316 - Courage - Strictly Country Records

Pete Seeger clip about being active

12. Pete Seeger - Big Muddy - Best of Pete Seeger - Greatest Hits - Sony

13. Utah Phillips - Got to Know Why - Got To Know - AK Press

Si Kahn - Hunter 342 - Courage - Strictly Country

15.  Rod MacDonald -
137 Executions and not one innocent man -

16. John Flynn - Full Circle -
I’ll know how it feels to die – you’ll know how it feels to kill

17. Si Kahn - Hutto 354- Courage - Strictly Country Records

18. Phil Ochs - Bracero -

19.  Si Kahn - Going up the Mountain 231 - Courage - Strictly Country Records

20 Holy Near & Ronnie Gilbert - Singing for Our Lives - Life extended - Appleseed.

Angela Davis says" "Si ends the chapter "Dont just study history - make it" with an emperative.  It captures the heart of creative leadership.
"Whatever else, we must always be careful not to stand between the people we work with and their impossible dreams"

21. Artisan - Hold On to Your Dreams 248 - Our Back Yard


Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.
Martin Luther King, Jr.

Justice cannot be for one side alone, but must be for both.
Eleanor Roosevelt

The moral arc of the universe bends at the elbow of justice.
Martin Luther King, Jr.

Where is the justice of political power if it executes the murderer and jails the plunderer, and then itself marches upon neighboring lands, killing thousands and pillaging the very hills?
Kahlil Gibran

In matters of truth and justice, there is no difference between large and small problems, for issues concerning the treatment of people are all the same.
Albert Einstein

Justice that love gives is a surrender, justice that law gives is a punishment.
Mohandas Gandhi

We win justice quickest by rendering justice to the other party.
Mohandas Gandhi

Thanks to staff and station management for accommodating Angela'a health issues and maintaining a chemical and fragrance free environment. Complying with these accommodations allow her to continue to volunteer Saturday mornings. Thanks also to John Webber for handling website and recording issues for Folk Pl


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