Saturday, September 22, 2007

We shall not be moved...

We shall not, we shall not be moved
We shall not, we shall not be moved
Just like a tree that's standing by the water
We shall not be moved

If they hang a thousand nooses from every tree in every state…we shall not be moved.

The union is behind us,
We shall not be moved

When they spray Jewish people’s cars with the symbols of murder, oppression and hate…we shall not be moved.

We're fighting for our freedom,
We shall not be moved

When they tell us to just be quiet, stop stirring up dust and that things will change eventually…we shall not be moved.

We're fighting for our children,
We shall not be moved

If they tell us that our voices lifted up in protest are too loud, our demands too liberal and our expectations too high…we shall not be moved.

We'll building a mighty union,
We shall not be moved

This is my country…I shall not be moved.

Black and white together,
We shall not be moved

The struggle is being fought for the masses…we the people, people…and we shall not be moved.

Young and old together,
We shall not be moved

Things will not be easy…but we shall not be moved.

One message was sent when our mothers and fathers sat down at segregated lunch counters.

Yet another was sent when The Man beat them for doing it.

Be strong and have courage.

Do not be moved.

13 comments:

That Queer Chick said...

Thank you for this post.

SagaciousHillbilly said...

So I was almost stumped. . . Dr. Davis? Naw, not her style. . . but then I thought I had it. . . Maya Angelou! Gotta be, I seem to recall such a title. . . nope. . . more searching. . . no hits. . . but then, BINGO!!
A union organizing song. . . from women textile workers in '09?
It's hard to keep up sometimes.

Anonymous said...

Hate Groups Publish Jena 6 Family Contact Information
http://www.bayoubuzz.com/News/Louisiana/Law/Hate_Groups_Publish_Jena_6_Family_Contact_Information___4742.asp

Roanoke neo-Nazi condemns Jena Six
William A. White posted the youths' addresses on a Web site that calls for lynching the group.
http://www.roanoke.com/news/roanoke/wb/132845

Angel said...

Let the church say AMEN.

Frogspond said...

Right there with you Bitch.

I wonder, if at the next protest here in DC, if instead of all gathered at one spot (where we are contained and ignored), everyone spread out, and stopped everything from running, if that would make a difference.

Anonymous said...

thank you. i have been moved.

proudprogressive said...

Sweet post Sharky -Fu. Truer words never spoken.

We shall not be moved. We see whats going down, We shall not be moved - and we will create a better world. Got our eyes on the prize. And we shall not be moved.

Ochyming said...

If you do not mind.
I posted it on my Blob.


http://classic.spymac.com/profile/index.php?memberid=549238


thanks

Red7Eric said...

Thank you, Shark-Fu. I wasn't going anywhere anyway, but it was nice to read this, nonetheless.

We'll face some abuse in the short term, but history shall remember us well.

Maya's Granny said...

It is very impressive and a sign of great hope that the Jena 6 are not being ignored, that so many people have responded to the call.

Miss Kitty said...

Awesome. Simply awesome.

Yummy Mommy said...

I hope, hope, hope you're right! Sometimes the way things are right now make me feel like Yeats had it right...



The best lack all conviction, while the worst

Are full of passionate intensity.

Crystal said...

I loved this. As a college student, I am sometimes ashamed of myself and my generation. It seems as if we have not only been moved, but we've been completely out of the way! We are so accustomed to this world that we don't see the ways that we need to continue to change it! It is as if we're now blind to the 6 nooses at Central Michigan University, and at my school the Jena 6 is an unknown term. We are allowing the sexists and the racists stand and not be moved, when it should be us!
GOOD POST! I'm inspired to inspire...