Category: My Soap Box

Tax the Rich Demo One Year Old

The Tax the Rich demonstration on upper Solano Avenue in Berkeley celebrated its first birthday this afternoon, and Occupella was there.  The demonstration, at the old Oaks Theatre across the street from a Private Client (read: loaded) branch of Chase, features signs urging higher tax rates on corporations and wealthy individuals, among other causes.  Numerous …

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Transcription of Makana’s “We Are the Many”

Makana’s performance of “We Are the Many” is one of the great moments of courage in the history of music.  Last November, the 33-year old Hawaiian singer and slack-key guitar virtuoso was invited to play dinner music at the Asia-Pacific Economic Summit in Honolulu. With President Obama and other heads of state feeding their faces, …

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How Rich is that Romney in the Window?

How rich is that Romney in the window? He tells such a waggely tale How rich is that Romney in the window? He looks like a well-nourished male How rich is that Romney in the window? I’d sure like to know all the facts He always steps out in a limo But only paid pennies …

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Earth Day Video is Up

On April 22, 2012, people gathered all across the nation (plus groups in Spain, Costa Rica, and Kazakhstan) to sing Woody Guthrie’s “This Land Is Your Land” in the same key (D) and at the same time (noon Pacific, 1 pm Mountain, 2 pm Central, 3 pm Eastern). Hali Hammer created and organized the project, …

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Singing on the Street

Singing with Occupella

Occupella — www.occupella.org — was founded by six women who are veterans of the folk song movement.  Here I am on the left holding a sign; seated with the guitar is Hali Hammer, one of Occupella’s founders, and the organizer and producer of this year’s international Earth Day sing-out (see separate posts).  Occupella sings on …

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Is it Time to Occupy Recovery?

Two years after my retirement as CEO of LifeRing, the organization invited me to speak at its annual meeting in San Francisco on May 12.  As is obvious to readers of this website, one of my influences in the past year has been the Occupy movement.  My talk is a blend of my experience and …

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In Support of the People of Aysén

The La Peña Community Chorus of Berkeley recorded these two pieces as a message of support for the people of Aysén, Chile, who have since the beginning of this year been in a state of confrontation with the central government. Lichi Fuentes, co-director of the chorus, and a native of Chile, organized the performance. I …

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