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    WE NEVER FORGET Aminul Islam, Bangladeshi Labor Martyr

    by JayRaye on Fri May 03, 2013 at 06:39:27 AM PDT

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    •  Blacklisted in the 50s & 60s, (4+ / 0-)

      He never gave up his principles. Here he is singing in front of the President, yet he sings the 2 radical verses usually omitted from this song:

      As I went walking I saw a sign there
      And on the sign it said "No Trespassing."
      But on the other side it didn't say nothing,
      That side was made for you and me.

      In the square of the city, in the shadow of the steeple
      By the relief office I seen my people;
      As they stood there hungry, I stood there whistlin'
      This land was made for you and me?
                        -Woody Guthrie, 1940

      From Spartacus:
      On 6th February, 1952, Harvey Matusow testified in front of the House of Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC) that Seeger was a member of the Communist Party. It was another three years before Seeger was called before the HUAC. Whereas he was willing to talk about his own political beliefs, Seeger refused to name other members of the various left-wing groups that he had belonged to over the years.
      As a result of his attitude, on 26th July, 1956, the House of Representatives voted 373 to 9 to cite Seeger, Arthur Miller, and six others for contempt. However, Seeger did not come to trial until March, 1961. He was found guilty and sentenced to 12 months in prison. After worldwide protests, the Court of Appeals ruled that Seeger's indictment was faulty and dismissed the case.
      Although freed from prison, the blacklisting of Seeger continued until the late sixties.

      WE NEVER FORGET Aminul Islam, Bangladeshi Labor Martyr

      by JayRaye on Fri May 03, 2013 at 07:06:53 AM PDT

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