Archive for the ‘political protest’ category

New Pete Seeger Protest Song — BP Oil Spill

July 30, 2010

Pete Seeger is one of my true heroes, a singer who can be relied on to give musical expression to  outrage about BP’s industrial homicide (11 humans dead) and ongoing eco-disaster in the Gulf (an entire ecosystem at risk!). At age 91, Pete may be losing his voice, but not the fire in his belly.

The chorus of Pete’s latest tune stresses that “God’s counting on me … God’s counting on you”.  But I will let the great protest singer’s music speak for itself.  It’s a toe-tapping song that will make you want to sing along ….

Guerrilla musical protest disrupts health insurance conference

October 23, 2009

The guerrilla protest group which calls itself, somewhat satirically, “Billionaires for Wealthcare,” has struck again.  They staged an epic punk at a meeting ofthe Association of Health Insurance Plans (AHIP).

Dressed in appropriate business camouflage, a team of musical protesters disrupted the AHIP meeting just as a guy named Bill McInturff was supposed to be giving the keynote address.  And just who  is this Bill McInturff ?  He’s a Republican pollster who’s notorious for helping to kill Bill Clinton’s health care plan with the “Harry and Louise” commercial. Just the kind of guy who should be receive the “psychic compensation” of  guerrilla protest.

The signal for the start of the protest appears to be aggressive cheering from the back of the room. After a shout of “Thank you for your hard on health care” the group broke into a relatively lengthy and harmonious rendition of “Tomorrow” from the musical Annie, only with the chorus focused on government-run insurance. “The option, the option, we must have, the option… ” went the lyrics in reference to the public plan.

Watch and enjoy.  Notice that the B4WC protesters continue singing in perfect pitch as they are escorted out by event security. A well-delivered protest with the right mix of humor and chutzpah.