A sampling of all the great music out there

  • “We’re not going to take it,” Twisted Sister
  • “Respect,” Aretha Franklin
  • “Firework,” Katy Perry
  • “I Will Survive,” Gloria Gaynor
  • “Roar,” Katy Perry
  • “Fight Song,” Rachel Platten
  • “Eye of the Tiger,” Survivor

There is a wonderful song written and sung by the women strikers at the Lawrence, MA Textile Workers Strike in 1912 called Bread and Roses. It was recorded by Judy Collins and Joan Baez, here are the lyrics:

As we go marching, marching
In the beauty of the day
A million darkened kitchens
A thousand mill lofts grey
Are touched with all the radiance
That a sudden sun discloses
For the people hear us singing
Bread and roses, bread and roses
As we go marching, marching
We battle too for men
For they are women’s children
And we mother them again
Our lives shall not be sweetened
From birth until life closes
Hearts starve as well as bodies
Give us bread, but give us roses

Suggested Chants

  • Hey, hey – ho, ho — 78 has got to go
  • What do we want? /job justice/ When do we want it? /Now!
  • No justice! No peace!
  • [local EA name] united! We’ll never be defeated!
  • The people are rising! No more compromising!
  • Whose streets? / Our streets!
  • Pass the bills, not the buck!

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