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

On The Raddio…One More Time   Leave a comment

Thanks to Charles Showalter for inviting me back to The Union Edge to talk about “Ballad of Sakuma Farms”…it’s origin and union funding.

https://www.theunionedge.com/protest-music-farm-fields-supporting-sakuma-berry-workers/

Posted May 12, 2016 by garykanter in Uncategorized

“Phil Made Me Do It!”   Leave a comment

“The Sixth Annual Phil Ochs Celebration of Life” concert and fundraiser.
Saturday, April 9, 9-10:30 pm (PDT), Egan’s Ballard Jam House, Seattle

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April 9th will be the 40th anniversary of the death of arguably the most prolific and inspirational folksinger of the 60’s-70’s. Each April, for six straight years we come together at Egan’s to commemorate his death and celebrate his life and his work.

To further honor Phil, we use the occasion to raise funds and awareness for causes we deem worthy. For the second consecutive year all donations will go to our state’s farmworkers who are locked in a toxic struggle with agribusiness Sakuma Farms for a fair contract.

This year’s theme is “Phil Made Me Do It!”, featuring a multi-talented group of performers who were inspired by Phil and his tradtion to social activism through music. Each will perform some of their favorite Phil songs followed by examples of original and other songs of change.

Our Lineup:
~Linda Allen~
~Reggie Garrett~
~Casey Graham~
~Gary Kanter~
~Rebel Voices (Susan Lewis, Janet Stecher)~

$10 suggested donation at the door

Dinner and seating reservations are highly recommended as space is limited.
http://www.ballardjamhouse.com/index.html

Posted April 7, 2016 by garykanter in Uncategorized

“Ballad of Sakuma Farms” CD Is Done!   Leave a comment

Thanks to my union local (Local 76-493, AFM) which financed this project, “Ballad of Sakuma Farms”, a single-song CD is complete.

All proceeds for the first 100 copies of CD will go to benefit of Familias Unidas Por La Justicia (FUJ), Washington State’s independent farmworkers union.

Cost of the CD is by donation.

Visit the boycott website at:  http://boycottsakumaberries.com/donate/ballad-of-sakuma-cd-by-gary-kanter/

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Posted February 23, 2016 by garykanter in Uncategorized

“The Joe Show”   Leave a comment

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On July 2, I joined my friend, Joe Teehan, on his daily progressive radio talk show in Bellingham (KBAI-AM 930) to talk about the upcoming Farmworkers Third Annual March for a Contract, 7/11, Burlington, WA and debut my song, “Ballad of Sakuma Farms”, a narrative of the three-year-old struggle.

The previous day, Sakuma had implemented a new wage formula that they hailed as an increase for the workers and, which, was dutifully trumpeted to the media and legislature as a major increase in worker compensation.  This was quickly disproven by the workers who demonstrated it to be an actual decrease.

In addition, Sakuma dispatched the workers into the fields in small staggered groups, isolating the union and non-union folks from each other.  The tactic, designed to keep the non-union folks from hearing the union side, fooled no one and all 200 walked off the job in protest.

So, my appearance on Joe’s show the next day provided an opportunity niot only to publicize the march…but to provide a live cell phone update from the scene by Rosalinda Guillen, Executive Director of Community To Community Development (C2C) http://foodjustice.org.  Rosalinda is one of my labor and cultural heroes, a remarkable activist, organizer, and communicator.

Check out the show.

http://930kbai.com/the-joe-show/the-joe-show-for-7215/

And join the March!

https://www.facebook.com/events/1608111789460551/

 

Posted July 7, 2015 by garykanter in Uncategorized