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Jim the Bart Folk Alliance vs. NAACP (155* d) RE: Folk Alliance vs. NAACP 15 Aug 01

I went to the DT to see if the words to "Which Side Are You On?" were there; of course it's just me, but I thought it might have some application here. Curiously, I found that the title of the song is there, but the words are not. Selecting the song takes you to the Phil Ochs tune "LINKS ON THE CHAIN", two pertinent verses of which I have pasted below:

Come you ranks of labor, come you union core And see if you remember the struggles of before When you were standing helpless on the outside of the door and you started building links on the chain, on the chain And you started building links on the chain.

And then in 1954, decisions finally made The Black man was a-risin'fast, and racin' from the shade And your union took no stand, and your union was betrayed As you lost yourself a link on the chain, on the chain As you lost yourself a link on the chain.

There are times when you have to make a stand if you wish to maintain your ethical credibility, especially when there is a cost attached. As I said in my other post, it is truly unfortunate for the leadership of the Folk Alliance that they are facing this situation.

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