Holly Near Fayetteville Peace March & Rally

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Singer Holly Near has been to Fayetteville before.

In 1971, she was part of the legendary FTA tour with Donald Sutherland, Jane Fonda, and other stars, which presented militantly funny shows of antiwar songs and skits to wildly enthusiastic audiences of GIs and others near military bases around the US and across the Pacific.

The FTA tour drew a big and noisy crowd from Ft. Bragg when they performed at the GI coffeehouse downtown.

“FTA” by the way, stood for “Free The Army”– among some other, less printable versions of the acronym. The tour was the basis for an early insurgent documentary film by the same name, which was briefly released, then suppressed by pressure from high places with the Nixon White House topping the list of suspects. (Where was YouTube when we needed it??)

Holly was a newcomer then, just emerging as a powerful artist and activist. She’s a legend now, a pioneer of social activism and lesbian and women’s music, as well as a veteran crusader for justice and peace. (More about Holly at: http://www.hollynear.com)

Holly will be back in Fayetteville on March 17, headlining the fourth annual peace march and rally there. She’s eager to make a return visit to one of the nation’s largest army posts, to be part of a growing and vocal movement to end the Iraq war a movement which now represents the sentiments of most US troops as well.

All Together. All for Peace. All for Free.

Join us in Fayetteville on March 17.

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posted by john at 03:19
Featured Artist: Fruit of Labor

A highlight of the power-packed program of the March 17 Fayetteville peace march and rally, The Fruit of Labor Singing Ensemble is the cultural arm of Black Workers for Justice.

For more than 20 years, Fruit of Labor has been organizing, writing songs and creating music from many ethnic groups of people and co-workers’ struggles!

Their songs are a chronology of popular people’s movements for social change . . . like “The Story of Shiloh”, which talks about fighting corporate toxic terrorism in an African American community while surrounded by the popular Research Triangle Park, and “Organize, Organize, Organize” which reflects their support for bringing more international union resources to organize the South. Also, “Never Again”, is an important song documenting the national tragedy of an industrial fire that killed 25 workers in a poultry plant in rural Hamlet, North Carolina in 1991. “Election Blues” is a bluesy tune that highlights the hypocrisy of the United States 2000-04 elections.

Through various musical forms including gospel, reggae, rhythm and blues, jazz, protest, folk, work songs, chants and many others, Fruit of Labor Singing Ensemble has carried on our peoples struggle and working class tradition, history culture and legacy.

Fruit of Labor’s latest recording (CD) of music, chants, and songs is “Weapons of Mass Construction.” (More about Fruit of Labor at: http://www.fruitoflabor.org/ )

Fruit of Labor will be part of an “all-star” lineup at this year’s Fayetteville rally. It will also include comedian Dave Lippman, bluesman Dan Speller, Holly Near, and more.

All Together. All for Peace. All for Free.

Join us in Fayetteville on March 17.

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posted by john at 03:17
Featured Artist: Dan Speller

Blues artist Dan Speller is more than a fine musician. He’s also a twenty-year veteran of the 82d Airborne, Ft. Bragg’s centerpiece unit. Dan is bringing this experience, and a lifelong love of music, to the Fayetteville peace rally on March 17.

Dan Speller was born in New York City, but as a teenager moved to the mountains of North Carolina. There he learned to play Guitar, Bass, Drums, Keyboards and Harp. He joined the Army in 1975 and volunteered for the 82nd Airborne Division at Fort Bragg, N.C.

While in the Army he traveled the world and acquired musical tastes from many different countries and cultures.

Upon retiring from the military in 1996, Dan was able to commit all his time and energy into his music.

Dan Speller’s music will open an “all-star” lineup at this year’s Fayetteville rally. It will also include comedian Dave Lippman, Fruit of Labor, Holly Near, and more.

Visit Dan Speller’s web site for more information.

All Together. All for Peace. All for Free.

Join us in Fayetteville on March 17.

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posted by john at 03:12
Featured Artist: Dave Lippman

Dave Lippman has been bringing his unique brand of standup comedy and sharply satirical songwriting to audiences all over the US, Europe, Australia, and Central America for 35 years. And he’ll bring to Fayetteville for the March 17 peace rally.

Dave is the author of such “hits” as “I wonder Who’s Kissinger Now,” “The Sports Futility Vehicle Tango,”among many other tender, sensitive ballads. Dave’s latest release is the tenth of his albums and CDs, the soothing “I Hate Wal-Mart.” (More about Dave at: http://www.davelippman.com)

Dave’s most memorable performing persona is his character George Shrub, the World’s Only Known CIA Agent. As he introduces himself these days:

Hello friends, I’m George Shrubya
Representin’ King George Dubya
He’s got a mandate, he’s feelin’ his oats
He won the election by a hundred votes
OK…..he only won the electoral college
Well, at least he finally did well in college

Dave Lippman will be part of an “all-star” lineup at this year’s Fayetteville rally. It will also include Fruit of Labor, Holly Near, and bluesman Dan Speller, and more.

All Together. All for Peace. All for Free.

Join us in Fayetteville on March 17.

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posted by john at 03:05
Featured Artist: Paperhand Puppet Intervention

When the Fayetteville Peace march steps off on March 17, a giant white crane will hover gracefully above the column. And a spectacular, over-sized green man will walk among us as well.

These two stunning creations are from the Paperhand Puppet Intervention, and they will follow us into the park where the rally will be held. Paperhand is a nationally-recognized group of imaginative puppeteers, who make their magic in a studio near Graham NC.

Along with the crane and the Green Man, Paperhand will also assemble and display their hand-held oversize reproduction of Pablo Picasso’s classic antiwar mural, “Guernica.”

Since 1998, Paperhand has been using corn starch, bamboo, old house paints, and other assorted junk to create giant puppets, masks, shadow plays, and performances for all ages. They tell stories, beat drums, paint cardboard, sew cloth, get sweaty, push boundaries, and carry heavy things to help make the world a better place.

Paperhand’s vision is inspired by their love for the earth and its creatures (including humans) as well as a belief in justice, equality, and peace. Paperhand’s mission is to make work that inspires people, promotes social change, and is deeply satisfying for everyone involved.

The puppet shows they create are a synthesis of many art forms including (but not limited to):sculpting, painting, music, dance, improvisation, costume/set design and theater. (More about Paperhand at: http://www.paperhand.org/ )

The Paperhand Puppets will be part of an “all-star” lineup at this year’s Fayetteville rally. It will also include comedian Dave Lippman, bluesman Dan Speller, Fruit of Labor, Holly Near, and more.

All Together. All for Peace. All for Free.

Join us in Fayetteville on March 17.

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