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Hat's off to Bento, whose diary earlier today suggested that we sing in response to Teabagger disruptions of town hall meetings this weekend.  After watching the video of the Tampa townhall and others, I've become convinced that singing may be the best way to get our message out.

What's our message?

We shall overcome,
We shall overcome,
We shall overcome, some day.

Oh, deep in my heart,
I do believe
We shall overcome, some day.

We'll walk hand in hand,
We'll walk hand in hand,
We'll walk hand in hand, some day.

Oh, deep in my heart,

We shall live in peace,
We shall live in peace,
We shall live in peace, some day.

Oh, deep in my heart,

We shall all be free,
We shall all be free,
We shall all be free, some day.

Oh, deep in my heart,

We are not afraid,
We are not afraid,
We are not afraid, TODAY

Oh, deep in my heart,

We shall overcome,
We shall overcome,
We shall overcome, some day.

Oh, deep in my heart,
I do believe
We shall overcome, some day.

We shall overcome.  We will get healthcare reform.

We aren't going to back down.  We aren't going to go away.  We aren't going to hide.  And we aren't going to be baited into shouting and/or shoving matches with the teabaggers so that the media can cover the disruptions and blame "both sides."

We shall overcome.

It's impossible to argue that our side was being violent if we were standing there singing a gospel tune.

Folks, this kind of thing worked over and over during the Civil Rights era.  It worked as a peace anthem at Woodstock.  It can work again.

Listen to Joan Baez if you don't already know the simple tune.

Print out a bunch of copies of the simple lyrics.

Go to your local townhall meeting early and pass out the lyrics to the reform-minded faithful.

Wait for the Teabaggers' fury to reach a crescendo.

Get up, and start singing.

The great thing about this song is it's so simple, once you get the chorus going you can shout out alternate verses.  I modestly offer a couple of suggestions below:

We will get reform,
We will get reform,
We will get reform, some day.

Oh, deep in my heart,

We will heal the sick,
We will heal the sick,
We will heal the sick, some day.

We can do this.

We shall overcome.

Originally posted to Simian on Fri Aug 07, 2009 at 01:02 PM PDT.

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  •  Tip Jar (5+ / 0-)

    War crimes will be prosecuted. War criminals will be punished. And it will be no defense to say, "I was just following orders." -- George W. Bush, May 17, 2003

    by Simian on Fri Aug 07, 2009 at 01:02:46 PM PDT

  •  Funny, Or Maybe Not Funny (2+ / 0-)
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    high uintas, Simian

    when I read your intro I thought to myself we should sing "We Shall Overcome." And then I see you include that video.

    I was born on July 12, 1969. I often joke I feel like I should have been 20 years earlier so I could have protest the war.

    I personally can't think of a more powerful message then us all joining hands and signing a song when the hate comes out in these meetings.

    "We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence then, is not an act, but a habit." - Aristotle

    by webranding on Fri Aug 07, 2009 at 01:23:34 PM PDT

    •  Thanks, hope enough people share your opinion (1+ / 0-)
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      high uintas

      to make it happen in a few places tomorrow.

      War crimes will be prosecuted. War criminals will be punished. And it will be no defense to say, "I was just following orders." -- George W. Bush, May 17, 2003

      by Simian on Fri Aug 07, 2009 at 01:27:37 PM PDT

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  •  I like singing as an idea (0+ / 0-)

    How about a non civil rights iconic song though.  I know Civil Rights icons and mythology seems to be free for everyone to use, however at this juncture in time isnt there enough raw hate being aimed at non-whites over anything that even more should be focused by using a song that is iconic with civil rights?

    Today we are all Iranian!

    by Adept2u on Fri Aug 07, 2009 at 01:28:02 PM PDT

    •  On the contrary (1+ / 0-)
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      high uintas

      IMO it is especially appropriate given the racist venom that the teabaggers are spewing at the town halls.  It sends exactly the right non-violent message to these haters.

      War crimes will be prosecuted. War criminals will be punished. And it will be no defense to say, "I was just following orders." -- George W. Bush, May 17, 2003

      by Simian on Fri Aug 07, 2009 at 01:35:45 PM PDT

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    •  All the more reason to sing (1+ / 0-)
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      Simian

      those very songs. We shouldn't back away from the racial undertones of this, we should point at them.

      Don't walk away! Stay, investigate, prosecute, change Omelas!

      by high uintas on Fri Aug 07, 2009 at 01:37:28 PM PDT

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      •  Will it be We they react about (0+ / 0-)

        and by We I mean are you in the very small minority group that will bear the brunt of the reaction?  

        Today we are all Iranian!

        by Adept2u on Fri Aug 07, 2009 at 03:20:59 PM PDT

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        •  They're already reacting (1+ / 0-)
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          high uintas

          Look around.  Are we going to make it go away because we pretend it's not there?  No.  We need to call them on it, point at it as high uintas says.

          War crimes will be prosecuted. War criminals will be punished. And it will be no defense to say, "I was just following orders." -- George W. Bush, May 17, 2003

          by Simian on Fri Aug 07, 2009 at 03:44:09 PM PDT

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        •  I live in Utah (1+ / 0-)
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          Simian

          I've had my picture on the front page of my smallish town's paper at a Democratic Party event. I know a little something about being a small minority loud mouth.

          We aren't the minority in this, we are the majority (finally) and we should never back down or be guided by fear regardless. They are using the tools of mob rule to make us shut up.

          No, I won't.

          Don't walk away! Stay, investigate, prosecute, change Omelas!

          by high uintas on Fri Aug 07, 2009 at 04:09:29 PM PDT

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  •  Thanks for the kind words, Simian (1+ / 0-)
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    I think We Shall Overcome is fine.  I would like to supplement with some non-protest songs because I'd prefer not to seem like the same ole hippy protesters (nothing wrong with that but the "same ole"), and I want to make fun of the screamers. We Shall Overcome is serious, and its mood is contemplative. Happy Days are Here Again has a similar political history (FDR theme song), but is not usually regarded as a political song, and its mood is joyous even frivolous. But we could accommodate many different ideas. I don't think any of us know what will be best until we are in the situation, so we don't want to get too wedded to our own ideas.
    •  Someone suggested Amazing Grace (1+ / 0-)
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      Simian
      which also had a strong history in the Civil Rights movement. I like it because, as a church song, it's hard for the wingers to attack. It's not a specifically black church song, but I think it has become mostly associated with black interpretations and lends itself to gospel style. There's an ambiguity to its use in this situation.
      •  I like Amazing Grace, too (0+ / 0-)

        And most people know it.

        War crimes will be prosecuted. War criminals will be punished. And it will be no defense to say, "I was just following orders." -- George W. Bush, May 17, 2003

        by Simian on Fri Aug 07, 2009 at 04:35:12 PM PDT

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