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Joe Hill Last Will As Told By Utah Phillips

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Do Not Mourn For Me Organize. This Labor Day remembering one of those who stood with the workers and did all he could to improve our lot. He did for it so I want to at least remember him.


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MmAway M (520)
Saturday September 3, 2016, 6:58 pm
Thank you Dande...Just looked up Joe will watch the video.

I didn't know this, thank you. BELOW was off the internet...

"by Joe Hill (November 18, 1915)

The labor troubadour Joe Hill was executed by the state of Utah on November 19, 1915, accused of murdering two shopkeepers. Five years earlier, while working on the docks in California, Hill met members of the IWW and became an active Wobbly. Soon his humorous and biting political songs, like "The Preacher and the Slave,"1 were being sung on picket lines across the country. From his jail cell in Utah, Hill wrote to "Big Bill" Haywood in a telegram, "Don't waste time mourning. Organize!"—a line that became a slogan of the U.S. labor movement. On the eve of his execution, Hill penned these words2.
From Voices of A People's History, edited by Zinn and Arnove

My Will is easy to decide,

For there is nothing To divide

My kin don't need to fuss and moan—

"Moss does not cling to a rolling stone["]

My body?—Oh!—If I could choose

I would want to ashes it reduce,

And let The merry breezes blow

My dust to where some flowers grow

Perhaps some fading flower then

Would come to life and bloom again

This is my Last and Final Will.—

Good Luck to All of you,

Joe Hill

I have goosebumps ~ was looking for a video for people that didn't know LABOR DAY was not about Beach Parties, barbecues, you found it.

This is noted with wet eyes! AND....THANK you for posting this!

Fiona Ogilvie (562)
Saturday September 3, 2016, 7:08 pm
Thank you, thank you. This is the holiday weekend that we should remember Joe Hill. We should all read the details of his life and death.......Labor Day should remember the struggles of Labor.....and Veteran's Day should remember the tribulations and sacrifices of veterans first.....then party.

Sheryl G (359)
Saturday September 3, 2016, 7:11 pm
The summary should of said he died for the workers rights. *typo with did.

Darren Woolsey (218)
Sunday September 4, 2016, 12:35 am
Shared over social media, Dandelion.

For reference, there's an album/CD by Utah Phillips with Ani Di Franco, which is worth acquiring/listening to.

Ben O (129)
Sunday September 4, 2016, 3:57 am
Joe Hill, born Joel Emmanuel Hägglund in Gävle, Sweden, and also known as Joseph Hillström (October 7, 1879 – November 19, 1915) was a Swedish-American labor activist, songwriter, and member of the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW, familiarly called the "Wobblies"). A native Swedish speaker, he learned English during the early 1900s, while working various jobs from New York to San Francisco. Hill, an immigrant worker frequently facing unemployment and underemployment, became a popular songwriter and cartoonist for the union. His most famous songs include "The Preacher and the Slave" (in which he coined the phrase "pie in the sky", "The Tramp", "There is Power in a Union", "The Rebel Girl", and "Casey Jones—the Union Scab", which express the harsh and combative life of itinerant workers, and call for workers to organize their efforts to improve working conditions...

Arild Warud (174)
Sunday September 4, 2016, 4:10 am
Strong words that still rings true today,thanks for posting Sheryl.

Darlene W (289)
Sunday September 4, 2016, 5:30 am
Shared --thank you.

Dawnie W (250)
Sunday September 4, 2016, 9:58 am

Noted...Listened to this well told story with lots of interest. An inspirational tale.

❤️Thanking you kindly Dandelion for sharing this information ❤️

💕💛ღ❤️Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ💕♥L💜ve, Hugs and Peace go with you all♥💕Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ❤️ღ💛💕

Leo C (312)
Sunday September 4, 2016, 10:40 am
Thank you for the info

Sheryl G (359)
Sunday September 4, 2016, 1:23 pm
I certainly would be proud to call him a citizen of your Country Ben. He did good things. I also want to mention that the murders that were pinned on him, that Marilyn made mention to, that he was convicted of most likely were not done by him.

Joe Hill's conviction was so controversial that President Woodrow Wilson twice wrote to Utah’s governor to urge him to spare Hill’s life, and unions as far away as Australia protested on his behalf.

Hill declined to testify at his trial, standing on the principle that he should not have to prove his innocence, especially when he believed that the prosecution could not possibly prove he was guilty with the limited evidence it had. He also did not testify partly because he wanted to safeguard Ms. Erickson’s privacy. She was in her early 20s at the time, the niece of the two Swedish brothers he was boarding with.

Historians have observed that the judge unjustifiably ruled against Hill on evidentiary questions and that the prosecution coached witnesses to say they saw Hill near the grocery that night.

Hill and his friend and countryman, Otto Appelquist, were rivals for the attention of 20-year-old Hilda Erickson, a member of the family with whom the two men were lodging. In a recently discovered letter, Erickson confirmed her relationship with the two men and the rivalry between them. A new letter indicates that when she first discovered Hill was injured, he explained to her that Appelquist had shot him, apparently out of jealousy.

It was easy to push Joe Hill into being the scapegoat, one less Union Organizer.

Lois Jordan (63)
Sunday September 4, 2016, 4:39 pm
Noted. Thanks for posting, Dandelion.
And, thanks for providing the addition info.

Lois Jordan (63)
Sunday September 4, 2016, 4:40 pm
*should be "additional" info. sorry.

Colleen L (3)
Sunday September 4, 2016, 7:58 pm
Outstanding person. Thanks Dandelion

Rose Becke (141)
Sunday September 4, 2016, 10:17 pm

Margie FOURIE (148)
Monday September 5, 2016, 1:40 am
Thank you

Anne Haarhoff (52)
Monday September 5, 2016, 6:35 am
Thank you, Dandelion, thank you. Joe Hill, his life and work, is a metaphor for workers around the world. I think in particular of Marikana here at home in South Africa. Long live Joe Hill.

Sheryl G (359)
Monday September 5, 2016, 6:41 am
Thanks Anne....and yes, "long live Joe Hill"

Animae C (508)
Monday September 5, 2016, 3:48 pm
i'm sure glad for our strong unions in Oz!!

TY Dandelion

Past Member (0)
Monday September 5, 2016, 10:06 pm
Noted with thanks, Dandelion.

Inge B (202)
Tuesday September 6, 2016, 12:24 am
Joe Hill was above all a true Anarchist.


Judy C (91)
Tuesday September 6, 2016, 12:30 am
Thank you for posting this timely video Dandelion. Coming from a family with many strong union members, unions are close to my heart. My maternal grandfather was one of the first people to get a union started here in Omaha when my mother was a little girl. His eventual profession was Business Agent of the Bakers' Union, a position he held until his retirement.

Sheryl G (359)
Tuesday September 6, 2016, 5:15 pm
Excellent Judy thanks for sharing.
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