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Madison, Wis.—March 12, 2011

[All photogs by TedF—click to enlarge]

“They say up in Wisconsin—it’s time to take a stand. You’ll either be for workers—or a thug in Walker’s hand. Which side are you on? Tell me which side are you on?” sang activist artist Andrea Potts.

Andrea Potts accompanied herself on the 12 string guitar and was joined by a percussionist and a fiddler in the opening act of union music.  All three activist acts played in front of the largest crowds of their careers when they performed from the podium for over 100,000 appreciative workers in front of the State Capitol in Madison on Saturday.

“I’ve never been so proud to be an American in my entire life, “ Potts boomed through the huge speaker system set up outdoors. “This last week has been an atrocity—one of the worst things I’ve seen in my life!”

Potts  kicked off her set with an updated version she re-wrote of  the Florence Reese-penned song “Which Side are You On?”  She also did a self-penned song for Wisconsin: “…You’ve gone way too far.” And Potts finished her set with “Solidarity Forever” and was joined by thousands of working family voices.

“Stop, children, what’s that sound…” and “…We can’t go on together, with suspicious minds…” were sung by Matt Joyce and the Midwest Beat and thousands of rally goers in Madison last Saturday.

Next up was Matt Joyce and the Midwest Beat and they hopped right into Woody Guthrie’s “There’s a Better World a Coming” and then moved into the old Credence Clearwater Revival  song “Fortunate Son” which was written by John Fogerty.  To the delight of the audience, MJMB’s next number was a song Stephen Stills penned and first performed with Buffalo Springfield—“For What It’s Worth.”  That song, synonymous with ‘60’s activism, is better known by its refrain verse which thousands of Madison protesters happily knew by heart:  “Stop, children, what’s that Sound? Everybody look what’s goin’ down…”

Matt and the MB finished their set with a rewrite of the song Elvis Presley made his own—“Suspicious Minds.”  At the end, Matt’s spoken words, “…[Governor] Walker, never lie to us again..oh, no…but we’re gonna recall you anyway…(sung) Walker, I don’t believe a word you’re saying…”

 

“There is power in our union…” sang Chris Shiflett from the group Foo Fighters of America.

Chris Shiflett performed next without the benefit of the rest of his group (the Foo Fighters of America). “Today we’re in a class War! And today we are Wisconsin!” declared Shiftlett. “I’m gonna quit talkin’ and start singin’.”  And he did, as he sang his self-penned ditty “There is Power in Our Union.”

Andrea Potts and friend joined Chirs Shiflett and thousands of working family voices singing “Sol-i-dar-ity For-ev-er, for the union makes us strong…” in Madison on Saturday.

Shiftlett also did an upbeat version of “Solidarity Forever” and was joined by Andrea Potts and friends.

Rally attendees shouted and waved signs in appreciation.  The music fired up the crowd for the soon-to-be arrival of the Fab 14.

Andrea Potts and friend

Walker take a walk!

Walker must be Stopped

 

American Tragedy

Don't take my rights!

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