Si Kahn on Creative Community Organizing

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Mon, 04/12/2010 - 12:00am
We interview singer, songwriter and community organizer Si Kahn, who is releasing a new book and CD.

 Tonight we spend the half-hour with renowned singer, songwriter and community organizer Si Kahn.  His new book, Creative Community Organizing: A Guide for Rabble-Rousers, Activists, and Quiet Lovers of Justice, is full of amazing stories from his forty-five years in the struggle, working in the freedom movement with the SNCC, in the Brookside Strike in Harlan County with the United Mine Workers of America, in the textile mills of the South with the Amalgamated Clothing and Textile Workers Union, and with Grassroots Leadership, the organization he founded, to abolish for-profit prisons and immigrant family detention.   Si Kahn is a member of the American Federation of Musicians Local 1000, and in addition to his new book he is releasing his fifteenth CD of original songs, Courage.  We play a couple of tracks off the new album, get Si to tell us a few stories, and ask him to share some of the insights into tactics and principles that he’s gleaned in nearly fifty years of organizing.

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