08.31.2004

Defend Johnny Cash @ the RNC

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Date/Time: 31/08/2004 12:00 am


MAN / WOMAN-IN-BLACK-BLOC AGAINST THE RNC
RISE UP IN DEFENSE OF THE HONOR & MEMORY OF JOHNNY CASH
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JOHNNY CASH SPOKE FOR THE POOR AND UNDER-REPRESENTED
THE REPUBLICANS SPEAK FOR THE RICH
JOHNNY CASH ADVOCATED FOR PRISON REFORM
THE REPUBLICANS LOCK US UP
JOHNNY CASH SANG FOR OUR MINERS, FARMERS, AND WORKERS
REPUBLICAN ECONOMICS CRUSH THE WORKING CLASS
THE RNC HAS NO RIGHT TO TARNISH THE MEMORY OF JOHNNY CASH
WE WILL RISE UP TO DEFEND THE HONOR OF AN AMERICAN HERO
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This is a call to action.
Meet at 4:00 P.M. dressed in black on Tuesday, August 31st at :
SOTHEBY’S AUCTION HOUSE
1334 YORK AVENUE
NEW YORK, NEW YORK
Press Contact
Phone: 617.838.1422
Email: ManInBlack@riseup.net or Rine@riseup.net
Website: www.defendjohnnycash.org
On Tuesday, August 31st, the Republicans who will invade our city plan to
have an exclusive “celebration” of Johnny Cash for Tennessee delegates inside the
famous high-art auction / real estate investment house Sotheby’s. This past
July, Sotheby’s locked out 54 union workers, Teamster Local 814 Movers,
including some that had been employed there for over thirty years. They called
scabs from London in.
This Republican event is supposed to be in “honor” of Republican Senator
Lamar Alexander, a man whose website boasts more corporate headshots than politi
cal content. It is sponsored by the American Gas Association, a multinational
corporation whose membership includes gas companies in Brazil, Korea, and
France, among others.
Well, we know that Johnny sure wouldn’t be too keen on this, especially given
the brutal stomping the current administration has been doing on our nation’s
poor and working class. Actually, Johnny would be downright pissed. Just
like we are. Over the past four years, conditions for the poor and working
class have worsened. There are now over 31 million Americans living in poverty.
12.2 million children in our nation are poor, with over 1.35 million of them
homeless. Over 43 million Americans have no healthcare and there are currently
almost 10 million unemployed Americans. (Poor People’s Economic Rights
Campaign)
The songs of Johnny Cash were beacons of light for those who were unjustly
locked up, kicked down, and knocked around. He sang for the poor, the
imprisoned, and the oppressed. He sang from his heart. How dare the Republicans
think of using the memory of a true people’s hero to promote their greedy causes
and war-criminal president? Would Johnny support the president’s economic
policies? NO! Would Johnny support the Iraq war? NO! Would Johnny support
the draconian Rockefeller drug laws? HELL NO!
Stand with us and take the streets in front of Sotheby’s on A31 to raise your
voice in song, in rage, and in hope. We will join together in defense of
the honor of Johnny Cash. We will stand in recognition of the misery of the
past four years the Bush administration has slapped upon our nation’s low-income
and blue collar class. We will make Johnny proud.
Bring your black clothing, pompadour, guitars (real or cardboard), hair
grease, singing voice, megaphones, jailstripes, skeleton costumes, signs, art,
posters, CD players, boomboxes, musical instruments, Johnny posters and records,
dancing shoes, creative resistance, decentralized direct action schemes, and of
course, your favorite political Cash lyrics as big as you can print‘em!
Shame on the RNC!
For more info: www.DefendJohnnyCash.org
To volunteer, email: ManInBlack@risep.net or call 617.838.1422
Sotheby’s is located one block east of 1st Avenue at 71st street.
Subway: Take the 6 train to 68th St. and walk north 3 blocks, and then east
to York Ave.
“MAN IN BLACK”
Well, you wonder why I always dress in black,
Why you never see bright colors on my back,
And why does my appearance seem to have a somber tone.
Well, there’s a reason for the things that I have on.
I wear the black for the poor and the beaten down,
Livin’ in the hopeless, hungry side of town,
I wear it for the prisoner who has long paid for his crime,
But is there because he’s a victim of the times…
Well, we’re doin’ mighty fine, I do suppose,
In our streak of lightnin’ cars and fancy clothes,
But just so we’re reminded of the ones who are held back,
Up front there ought ‘a be a Man In Black.
I wear it for the sick and lonely old,
For the reckless ones whose bad trip left them cold,
I wear the black in mournin’ for the lives that could have been,
Each week we lose a hundred fine young men.
And, I wear it for the thousands who have died,
Believen’ that the Lord was on their side,
I wear it for another hundred thousand who have died,
Believen’ that we all were on their side.
Well, there’s things that never will be right I know,
And things need changin’ everywhere you go,
But ’til we start to make a move to make a few things right,
You’ll never see me wear a suit of white.
Ah, I’d love to wear a rainbow every day,
And tell the world that everything’s OK,
But I’ll try to carry off a little darkness on my back,
‘Till things are brighter, I’m the Man In Black.
-Johnny Cash, “Man In Black”

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