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PRESS RELEASE: 26 February 2006 (Anne Feeney)

The US American singer, songwriter and Labor, Peace and Justice activist
Anne Feeney from Pittsburgh (Pennsylvania, USA) signed the "Manifesto
against conscription and the military system" on 26 February 2006. In
the noble tradition of Malvina Reynolds and Peggy Seeger, her musical
contributions and public performances have encouraged her audience to
resist oppression and injustice. Her song "Have You Been to Jail for
Justice?" is the Civil Disobedience song of today following the
tradition line of Henry David Thoreau and commemorating the legacy of
nonviolent resistance: "Was it Cesar Chavez? Maybe it was Dorothy Day /
Some will say Dr. King or Gandhi set them on their way / No matter who
your mentors are it's pretty plain to see / That, if you've been to jail
for justice, you're in good company // Have you been to jail for
justice? I want to shake your hand / Cause sitting in and lyin' down are
ways to take a stand / Have you sung a song for freedom? or marched that
picket line? / Have you been to jail for justice? Oh, you're a friend of
mine! // You law abiding citizens, come listen to this song / Laws were
made by people, and people can be wrong / Once unions were against the
law, but slavery was fine / Women were denied the vote and children
worked the mine / The more you study history the less you can deny it /
A rotten law stays on the books til folks like us defy it // The law's
supposed to serve us, and so are the police / And when the system fails,
it's up to us to speak our peace / It takes eternal vigilance for
justice to prevail / So get courage from your convictions / Let them
haul you off to jail!" (copyright 1998 Anne Feeney, BMI) - This
inspiring, fresh song was performed by the famous singer trio Peter,
Paul and Mary during the Tribute Concert for late Harold Leventhal on
Thanksgiving Day 2003 at Carnegie Hall, New York (you see in the 2004
music concert documentary "Isn't This a Time"). You find Anne Feeney's
website under: http://www.annefeeney.com
Please have a look at the "Manifesto against conscription and the
military system" (with the updated complete list of signatories):
Please have a look at the Gandhi Information Center's websites:
email: mkgandhi at snafu.de
email: sign at themanifesto.info

(sgd.) Christian Bartolf (Chair)
       Gandhi Information Center