It was only 3 years ago all NYC turned out on May Day for a tremendous celebratory assertion on behalf of the right for all of us to have decent living conditions, a living wage for every single person and/or family and friend group on this earth, health care, humane living spaces appropriate to human communities. For liberty: the right not to be murdered in your house from the sky because you are in some powerful group's way to make a huge profit, to gain power to inflict what you want, not to be driven from your home ("no one leaves home unless/home is the mouth of a shark")
A friend on our Trollope19thCStudies listserv (Yahoo) said this evening:
The song was inspired by a speechby Rose Schneiderman, immigrant, radical, labor and feminist leader. The song is especially associated with the successful strike by women textile workers in Lawrence, MA, in 1912. It's partly based on a poem by James Oppenheim and has been recorded numerous times and around the globe. Rose Schneiderman:
"What the woman who labors wants is the right to live, not simply exist — the right to life and the sun and music and art. You have nothing that the humblest worker has not a right to have also. The worker must have bread, but she must have roses, too. Help, you women of privilege, give her the ballot to fight with." It's a suffragette song too. The images the person who put the YouTube together are remarkable.
I spent my day at work at home with my pussycats.