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    Haven't had a chance to view the segment on my DVR.

    Francine Wheeler, whose youngest son was killed in the December 14th attack at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut, joins folk singer Peter Yarrow of Peter, Paul and Mary fame to discuss the power of music to create change, and their mission to protect children and adults from gun violence in communities across America. We also see excerpts from a February 2013 concert of harmony, resilience and solidarity that Yarrow helped conceive, during which Yarrow and Wheeler sang. The concert will soon be broadcast on many public television stations.

    Moyers has done many segments about music and social change

    Moyers Moment (1994): Pete Seeger on What it Takes to Change the World

    During the Great Depression, Pete Seeger and his friend Woody Guthrie traveled together from town to town, Seeger with his banjo and Guthrie with his guitar, playing music in exchange for meals. Later, Seeger came to New York where he played in support of unions and the fight against fascism, joined the communist movement and left it again. Repeatedly throughout his life, and especially during the McCarthy era, Seeger’s folk songs attracted the attention of those in power who branded Seeger a dangerous figure.
    In a preview clip from a Moyers & Company episode airing the weekend of May 18, musician and activist Tom Morello talks about “two Americas,” and his solidarity with “the voiceless, the poor, the wretched” across the world.

    “If my songs can give some hope to their struggle,” Morello tells Moyers, “That’s been a good day at work.”
    Bill Moyers’ interview with musician Tom Morello inspired us to compile a list of favorite protest songs. We then asked you to suggest your favorite songs, and you responded enthusiastically both on and on our Facebook page. Below, see your list — nearly 175 songs!

    We also put these songs on a Spotify playlist that you can download and stream. [Warning to parents and teachers: Some songs contain profanity.]

    “Texas is a so-called red state, but you’ve got 10 million Democrats here in Texas. And …, there are a whole lot of people here in Texas who need us, and who need us to fight for them.” President Obama

    by Catte Nappe on Mon Jun 03, 2013 at 06:11:02 PM PDT

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