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“As I Was Saying…2018”   Leave a comment

Yes, it has been awhile since last I graced these pages.

Perhaps it was the two shoulder surgeries that kept me musically sidelined for the better part of a year.

Perhaps it was the emotional belly drop of ongoing T-Rump regime…and the decades of damage that will be difficult to undo…if possible.

Perhaps it was life in general…and the hours spent with my now four-year-old grandson….

But it’s time to get back to this record of my misadventures.

The past year or so hasn’t been bereft of activity…it has merely gone undocumented here.  Like most folks my age, and perhaps most folks in general, I have sought immediate gratification in the form of Facebook.  Immediate posts followed by immediate comments, replies, likes, emojis, or silence.

So, it’s time to catch up.

As my reconstructed shoulders have allowed, I have produced/performed at a variety of political/labor events throughout Western Washington.  In addition, I have fairly regularly performed my duty as a regular host on “We Do The Work”…currently airing at 5:00 pm  (Pacific) Tues. and rebroadcast 7:00 pm on Sundays.  (streamed live at http://www.ksvr.org).

My radio and music buddy, Mike Dumovich, and I created a regular feature on the show called “Songs of Progress”, highlighting the music of  those who contributed to the advancement of social and economic justice.   Our first three shows featured the works of Woody Guthrie, Utah Phillips, and Joe Hill.  Planned upcoming shows will feature Hazel Dickens, Ani DeFranco, and a rebroadcast of my earlier interview with Anne Feeney.

SCOTUS delivered another severe blow to working families with the Janus Decision…which enables freeloaders to enjoy the benefits of union representation without having to pay an administrative fee for their share of the cost.

Mark Janus, an Illinois state employee was the plaintiff, funded by various Koch-related anti-worker groups.  After a brief interval, Janus quit the “job I love” for a sinecure with a large right-wing think tank.  Now he can focus on sticking it to his former co-workers full-time. The Greek god, Janus, was always represented by two faces…coincidence?  I think not.

So, onward into the future.

Hopefully, there is still time to save the country from encroaching fascism…and the planet/humanity from environmental malfeasance.

Stand up!

Be counted!

 

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Posted July 29, 2018 by garykanter in Uncategorized

As I Was Saying #Ad Infinitum!   Leave a comment

For anyone who has visited this site over the past several months, for whatever god forsaken reason, you might have noticed it hasn’t been updated in like…forever!

Mea Culpa.

For those worried, I am alive and living on Facebook.  It’s an easier update…and I get to post almost daily pics of my grandson.

So, by way of update:

Familias Unidas Por La Justicia, our states indigenous farmworkers union, after a four-year ordeal, was officially elected to represent the workers and collectively bargain with Sakuma Farms.

Like most of you, I was immersed in the 2016 elections, actively working on behalf of local candidates, in a red legislative district that, unfortunately, chose to remain the blood color despite some excellent candidates running against the existing mediocrities and ALEC playthings.

I performed and campaigned for Bernie at a number of events and was a Bernie delegate at the combined county-LD cacus.  When Hillary was nominated, I joined the cause…fighting against the disaster that was somehow predestined…by whoever and whatever means…to occur.

Crushed by the elevation of the Evil Orange One…I even contemplated relocating to a warm and distant climate…until I realized my grandson’s future needed to be fought for and running wasn’t the answer.

Not exactly idle, I played at various events including the Washington Fair Trade Coalition Annual Breakfast and Fundraiser…where I believe I ate most of the profits.


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There were a couple of events through the Whatcom Peace and Justice Center…including a songwriting workshop with Northwest social justice icon, Linda Allen.
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Linda and I linked up again as the music performers for the Whatcom-Skagit IWWfarmworkers-march-2‘s 100th anniversary commemoration of the Everett Massacre. Around 100 people from WA, OR, CA, UT, and other locales braved a torrential rainfall to convene at the site of the massacre, near where the actual dock had been located, lay wreathes, and complete the seven-block walk the wobs never got to make to “soapbox.”

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I played at a benefit to raise money for the “Whatcom Three”…a trio of brave young folk who were arrested for blocking The Evil Orange One’s caravan back in May enroute to Linden, WA, former stronghold of the KKK and, unfortunately, is still infected with the same toxic values

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I also managed, with the help of my music buddy, Greg Deer,to gk-gd-green-acresshare some music with the older kids at the preschool where my daughter works and grandson attends.  JJ received special dispensation to attend the event and did…for about 10 minutes after which he decided that playing outside with his buds had a greater upside.

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mark-lowryAnd, along with out two new hosts, Mark Lowry (President of the Northwest Central Labor Council) and Lori Provincelori-province (former Field Mobilization Director, Washington State Labor Council) we’ve been mapping out the road “We Do The Work” will travel in response to the election of…shit…I can’t write it again.

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So, what’s coming up?

There are two events in January I’m particularly excited about:

Sunday, January 15, Shoreline Library.  Under the auspices of Songwriters in Seattle, I will be teaching a workshop in wrjim-pageiting music for social change with Seattle Bard, Jim Page.

Thursday, January, 19, Couth Buzzard, Jim and I will be together again on Pre-Disinauguration Day for a unity event along with poets, writers, and activists of every stripe to come together and officially begin the resistance.

Stay tuned.

Posted December 20, 2016 by garykanter in Uncategorized

The Honeymooners Redux!   Leave a comment

 

 

Starring Poppa as “Ralph Kramden” and Jayden as “Ed Norton.”

 

 

 

Posted August 1, 2016 by garykanter in Uncategorized

March Against Monsanto 2016   Leave a comment

So glad to have been invited back to play at the “March Against Monsanto” for the third consecutive year.  As usual, the event will be anchored at Westlake Mall, Sat., May 21, noon, Westlake Park in Seattle.

http://www.march-against-monsanto.com/home/

A glimpse of 2015

 

Posted May 12, 2016 by garykanter in Uncategorized

BreakFreePNW   Leave a comment

Excited to have been invited to perform at the 2016 BreakFreePNW opening ceremonies, “People’s Climate Conference”, May 13 at the Anacortes Transit Shed.  I will be on at 9:30 pm,  following Dana Lyons, something nobody really should do.

http://breakfreepnw.org

Posted May 12, 2016 by garykanter in Uncategorized

Resolution in Support of Farmworkers   Leave a comment

My resolution in support of our state’s farmworkers and the boycott of Sakuma/Driscoll’s Berries, was overwhelmingly passed at the Island County/10th LD Convention and submitted for consideration at the Washington State Democratic Convention,  June 17-19, Tacoma.

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Posted May 12, 2016 by garykanter in Uncategorized

Democracy Now!   Leave a comment

Familias Unidas Por La Justicia (FUJ) and its supporters participated in an International Day of Action to raise awareness of the worker exploitation of Driscoll and Sakuma Berries.

Our action at Costco in Burlington, WA was covered by a film crew from Democracy Now! (TV).  

Now, that’s compelling television!

http://www.democracynow.org/2016/5/9/driscolls_workers_call_for_cross_border

Posted May 12, 2016 by garykanter in Uncategorized