Poetry – Nothing is Sacred – a poem about the establishment, justice, freedom and hypocrisy.

Poetry – Nothing is Sacred – a poem about the establishment, justice, freedom and hypocrisy.

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Nothing is Sacred

This is the world of hypocrisy where the establishment preserves itself and wields its power.

Religion is used to control the people and our children are taught the rudiments of violence through play. This is the world where money talks. The last rhino, gorilla, chimp, dolphin, whale, lion and tiger will likely be purchased by a trophy hunter. If you have enough money you can buy a jet-fighter or even an atomic bomb.

We are living in the free market and we’re up for sale.

The whole planet is becoming a Disney-world tourist trap and we are stuck on the paper.

The media control our thoughts, tastes and dreams.

The media produces an endless diet of distracting, mindless trivia.

We can be bought if the price is right.

The rebels are incorporated into the consumer package.

Morality?

Morality is a victim of the system. It speaks where the money is and is quiet when the victims scream.


Nothing is Sacred

There’s a plastic Jesus on the dashboard,

A toy gun on the floor,

A poster Bosch upon the wall,

All bought from the local store.

 

If you pay the price

You can buy everything

From a rhino to a bomb.

No one cares about anything

They’re all going for a song.

 

Nothing is sacred

Anything can be bought

Including every one of us

In this world

Morality counts for nought.

 

Opher 2.9.2015

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The British Justice System is a Lottery!! It needs overhauling.

The four occasions I have come into contact with the British Justice System have all left me disgusted with how it has worked and the decisions it has reached. I have no doubt that there are many people currently in prison who are completely innocent. I have no doubt that many guilty people are released and go Scott free. I know many innocent people have been dragged over the coals for years before being proved innocent.

This is disgusting!!  Something needs to happen to put this right!! I illustrate this with 4 cases I have been directly involved with as a Jury foreman, close friend, work colleague or family member.

Case 1 – The disgusting castigation of Celebrities.

In the wake of the obnoxious serial sexual abuser Jimmy Saville the pendulum swung too far the other way. In Jimmy Saville’s case victims were not listened to or believed. Post Saville ‘victims’ were listened to and believed. Unfortunately this was carried forward whether there was foundation or not, evidence or not. So complaints were made and innocent celebrities and Rock Stars were dragged before the court without there being a shred of evidence apart from the accusations of a single ‘victim’.

In order to attempt to put together a case the celebrities name was put out in the media in the hopes that other ‘victims’ would come forward to substantiate the claims of the first ‘victim’. For years the celebrities name and reputation was dragged through the mud. Their career was ruined and they spent a fortune on solicitors fees in order to put together a defence to clear their name. The psychological pressure was enormous and destroyed people.

But were all these ‘victims’ really victims? Were some looking for a pay out? Were some psychologically disturbed and looking for power or attention? Were some psychotic and looking to bring people down?

Surely there has to be some solid evidence before destroying people?

At the end of this process many of the accusations were deemed not credible. In some case the final accusations were trivial and not worthy of the huge furore.

Have the Crown Prosecution/Police been too intent at taking ‘victims’ words at face value? Have some celebrities been made into victims?

After having had their careers destroyed and finding themselves having spent a fortune to clear their names they find themselves with no redress.

It would seem to me that the Police/Crown Prosecution should listen to ‘victims’ and take them seriously but be much more circumspect about making the accused’s name public or taking cases to court. They should be much more cognisant of the effects of that process on the accused. Innocent people have been ruined.

Case 2 – The Lack of Diligence by the Crown Prosecution

A relative was accused of attacking someone in a pub. He had been abused and threatened by a drunken young man which had resulted in a scuffle in which he had been hit and responded by hitting back. He ended up in a prison cell and was subsequently charged with Grievous Bodily Harm.

The police at the time took witness statements from the young man’s friends who accused him of attacking their friend and punching him repeatedly.

My relative denied the charges.

My relative was put on bail and had to wait for well over a year for the case to reach the Crown Court. In the meantime his place of employment held a tribunal and sacked him. So much for innocent until proven guilty!

There was a CCTV video of the incident that clearly showed that the prosecution’s case was wrong. If, at the beginning, the Crown Prosecution had looked at the CCTV they would not have prosecuted. As soon as the Judge saw the CCTV he threw the case out without a stain on his character and asked the Crown Prosecution how this case had come before the court.

My relative had been through hell for over a year with the threat of a prison sentence hanging over him. He was innocent but it did not prevent him being sacked, having to sign on the dole and losing a great deal of money. It did not put right the psychological damage that had been done to him.

Were the Crown Prosecution just not wanting to make a decision and chose to pass it to the court without considering the impact on the innocent accused? Had they spend half an hour looking at the evidence? I don’t think they had. A half hour’s work would have saved a year of huge stress, him being sacked and a wasted expensive court case. In my opinion the Crown Prosecution had simply not done their job.

My other two cases were of a murderer who went free simply because members of the jury refused to believe a word the police said or find anybody guilty despite a hugely detailed mass of evidence that he was undoubtedly a hitman for a gang and as guilty as hell. Then a ‘rapist’ who was quite probably not guilty who had been found guilty because the defence solicitor was incompetent. He had made the wrong defence. He was sent to prison and lost his career.

Justice is a lottery. The Crown Prosecution and police are often incompetent. If you can afford a good defence you will probably get off even if you are guilty.

Part of this is due to a lack of money and part of it is due to having an archaic system that is not fit for purpose as well as incompetence and poor procedures.

It needs overhauling!!! It is not fit for purpose!!  Justice should not be a lottery for either victims or the accused!!

The 96 Hillsborough victims and all who loved you – You’ll Never Walk Alone!

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To all the families and friends of the victims of the Hillsborough tragedy – As a Manchester United supporter – I send you my warmest sympathy.

You’ve walked through a terrible storm for twenty seven years and you’ve held your head up high.

After yesterday’s ruling you can walk tall and know there is a golden sky ahead.

The start of justice has begun. There have been terrible lies spoken. And an orchestrated campaign against you. The Sun and Police should hold their heads down in shame. Hopefully there will be prosecutions for the ones who made the mistakes and those who tried their hardest to cover it up. I would particularly like to see those who deliberately made up the atrocious lies about the behaviour of the Liverpool supporters brought to justice. They are scum.

The lies that were deliberately manufactured to cover up the mistakes made have not only caused distress but have tarnished the name of Liverpool supporters and Liverpool. Those people who deliberately did those malicious and inexcusable acts need locking away.

Justice is coming.

The country is united with you – You’ll never walk alone again!

The Legal system – Restorative Practice.

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Restorative Practice

At school, as a Head of Year, Deputy Head and Headteacher, I used Restorative Practice to solve incidents. It is a philosophy which is efficient and highly effective.

You bring together the parties concerned and establish what has happened. This is often achieved through questioning but may require witness statements or further investigation. Once the facts have been established the people involved are confronted with their actions, the consequences on others and guided through what they should have done. Then suitable punishments are ascribed. I always asked both parties what they thought the punishment should be.

This is what I found:

  1. It was relatively easy to establish what had taken place
  2. Once confronted with evidence the guilty party invariably admitted their guilt
  3. Rarely was it one sided – there were mistakes made by all parties to one degree or another
  4. The punishments selected by the victims were usually lighter than I would have imposed
  5. The punishments selected by the guilty party were usually harsher than I would have imposed.
  6. By the end I had established what had gone wrong, who was to blame (and to what degree), and what should be done to make amends.
  7. Both parties left feeling that justice had been done
  8. Both parties were usually guilty to an extent
  9. The punishments fitted the crime
  10. Both parties accepted the verdict and felt the punishments were appropriate
  11. There was modelling of what should have happened.
  12. It was speedy.
  13. Both parties apologised and made up and could appreciate the impact, physically, emotionally and psychologically, on the other.
  14. The participants left the room without feeling aggrieved, feeling they had been listened to and justice had been done. Their punishments were an atonement.

I believe the Legal System could adopt a similar process for most, even serious, crimes. For perpetrators to see the effect they were having on real victims and for victims to see and understand real reasons that perpetrators had for committing crimes and for punishments to be applied fairly – it is a win win for me.

The British Legal system – A travesty – In need of an overhaul.

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The British legal system

Having had experience of the British legal system from many sides I think I am qualified to express a few observations and opinions.

The British legal system stinks.

There are probably far better systems elsewhere in Europe.

What we want from a legal system

  1. Justice (for the victim and accused)
  2. Speedily delivered

That is not what we get.

What we get

  1. An archaic charade
  2. An expensive system
  3. A slow, laborious process
  4. An adversarial system that is not concerned with justice but law
  5. A system full of prejudice
  6. A system where the rich can afford to buy better defence
  7. A system that puts money in the pockets of rich barristers
  8. A lottery system where all too often the guilty walk free and the innocent are found guilty

My own experience

  1. As a defendant (found guilty three times for traffic offences I did not commit)
  2. As a jury member (sent an innocent man to prison)
  3. As a person who has listened to other jury members (a catalogue of wrongful convictions and guilty parties walking free)
  4. As a parent of an accused man (wrongfully charged and put through a lengthy process that was so stressful and prolonged, and full of such uncertainty (given the vagaries of the system), that none of us have escaped unscathed. Despite being rightfully found innocent there was an enormous cost – financial, career-wise and on mental health.
  5. As a friend of accused people (guilty and not guilty). The stress and uncertainties, the legal costs and slow process, results in punishment even if later found not guilty.

It hardly fills you with confidence.

A better system

  1. A speedy process that is streamlined
  2. A modern system without all the pageantry and archaic silliness
  3. A system that is not adversarial but seeks to establish the truth. It is not about a clever lawyer putting together a better case than the other lawyer. It is not about how many notches on the belt. It is about justice and whether someone has done it or not.

There are far too many murderers and criminals walking free because they are able to buck the system.

There are far too many victims not receiving justice.

There are far too many innocent people locked up.

From my, admittedly limited knowledge, I much prefer the French system. The Judge, with the help of the police, and interviews with the accused and witnesses, sets out to establish exactly what has happened – seeks the truth – then dispenses justice. There is much we can learn from Europe in many areas – justice is one of them.

I think the British are often arrogant and unwilling to change. Our justice system has not and does not serve us well. The jury system is highly flawed (bored, unintelligent, prejudiced people do not make good judgements). The system has bias towards rich and middle-class whites and against young, lower-class men from ethnic minorities. It is time we learnt from best practice elsewhere and overhauled the whole system.

There is justice!! – Radovan Karadzic jailed for Bosnia war Srebrenica genocide

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The United Nations does have teeth!

Every killer, tyrant and barbaric thug around the world should no that there is justice and the world will bring them to justice. They will be hunted down and sentenced.

Nobody who has committed crimes against humanity can now feel safe.

Eighty criminals have been brought to justice! Karadzic has been given 40 years! He will rightly die in jail!

HURRAY FOR JUSTICE!!  HURRAY FOR THE UNITED NATIONS!!!

Now let us start to look to bring all the ISIS scum to justice and clean the planet up!!

Boko Haram, the Taliban, and all the other rapists, torturers and murderers who practice genocide and think they are immune will pay the price.

A clear message has been sent out to all who commit war crimes! YOU WILL BE BROUGHT TO JUSTICE!!!

Operation Yew-tree – celebrity sex offences – Justice.

The sexualisation and abuse of young boys and girls is rightly a criminal offence. Paedophiles and paedophile rings should be stopped and prosecuted with the full force of the law. I do not believe there are many who would argue with that.

The problem arises when dealing with historical cases where there is little or no evidence.

In the past when people came forward to complain they were disbelieved, ignored and scorned. Their complaints were brushed under the carpet. It enabled priests and sex offenders like Jimmy Saville to operate with impunity.

The police and authorities were guilty of creating a climate in which paedophiles and paedophile rings were condoned.

Following the Jimmy Saville scandal the pendulum has swung the other way. Now everyone coming forward is believed and the accused are considered guilty before being tried. Sexual offences have become seen as being worse than murder. It has opened the door for many people to come forward with genuine complaints that require addressing. But it has also opened the door for malicious accusations.

The police and Crown Prosecution have the unenviable task of deciding which category the complaints fit into and whether there is evidence to prosecute.

The trouble is that prosecuting an innocent person creates a victim of the accused and the effects of that are, as we have seen, as bad as being a sexual victim.

Not only that – but the law seems to lack the nuance to deal with rape and underage sex.

It is time the balance is readjusted.

When a complainant comes forward they should always be listened to sympathetically and evidence followed up. That was previously missing from police procedure and led to paedophiles escaping justice.

The job of the police is to gather evidence of a crime – not to take sides. They do not have to believe or disbelieve. They have to dispassionately investigate to attempt to gather evidence.

The rights of the accused have to be taken into account even if that makes the investigation more difficult. By naming the accused or ‘fishing’ for other complainants the police are in danger of making victims of innocent people.

There is a danger that social groups or individuals can be ‘unfairly’ targeted by police. I believe this has happened with the drug laws.

The Crown Prosecution has the task of reviewing the evidence and deciding whether there is sufficient to proceed to a trial. If there isn’t then they should not proceed. If they suspect there has been a crime then they should instruct the police to seek more evidence and keep the case live.

I fear that with the Yew-tree Operation the police have been in danger of taking sides. They have been too willing to believe the accuser and too eager to target certain people.

I fear that the Crown Prosecution have been too unwilling to say no – there isn’t sufficient evidence. They have preferred to put it before a jury.

I believe the delay of years is punitive on the accused and causes undue trauma and distress.

The way forward needs to be a fairer balance. The accuser needs anonymity as does the accused. They should both be treated humanely. The Crown Prosecution needs to exercise its powers properly and not prosecute on hearsay. The police should not fish for evidence or target specific groups. The process needs speeding up. Innocent until proven guilty should be re-established.

If the accuser does not have the evidence then a prosecution is not the way forward. A better way would be to use a process of mediation – Restorative Justice can really work to help psychologically and probably has better outcomes than anything else. In my view it should be used in many crimes. Bringing the accuser and accused together to resolve issues in a conducive manner with a trained mediator is better than the trauma of a trial. I do not believe that punitive sentences are often the best way forward.

Too many reputations have been destroyed. Justice has become a lottery. The adversarial process is about the law and not justice.

The justice system is badly in need of modernisation, speeding up and a major overhaul.

What we have at the moment is not justice at all. The only people who prosper are the barristers, lawyers and establishment.

 

Mass Migration – The reasons explained and the terrible reality.

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The reasons are threefold:

  • Inequality – creating starvation and extreme poverty – 3 billion earn less than $2 a day
  • Overpopulation – creating unemployment and terrible living conditions
  • War – displacing millions of people and causing misery

The solutions are simple:

  • Education – educated people do not multiply at such high rates
  • Equality – address the grotesque systems that create trillionaires and paupers
  • Overpopulation policies – that actively reduce numbers – taxation, education, incentives, unemployment benefit, sickness benefit, old age pensions
  • Peace – It may be novel but how about diplomacy, sanctions and putting an end to political power posturing, nationalism and religious superstition? Global government with the enforcement of the UN charter of Human Rights would be good for a start.

It can be done if there’s a way. On this blog I’ve got friends all over the world. We may argue, we may disagree but we are all basically friendly, caring human beings with the same empathy and compassion.

Build a positive zeitgeist – Change the World!

Martin Luther King – ‘I Have a Dream’ – the greatest oratory of all time. Equality and freedom – a vision for the future.

martin lutherThis was the March on Washington when a million white and black people joined hands and demanded equality.

The establishment was racist; the people were united against it. They demanded action. White and black stood together as equals. Bob Dylan and Joan Baez sang. Martin Luther King delivered the most important speech of modern times.

It was a speech that centred on the injustices but did not invoke hatred. Instead it focussed on a vision for a future in which both black and white would prosper together as equals and be mutually benefitted. It was a world in which racism was seen as the evil it was.

That is the future I want and fight for.

Martin Luther King knew exactly what he was doing; he was putting his life on the line. He knew he would be killed for his eloquent words, passion and hope for the future. It did not deter him. He spoke his mind and the content of his heart.

Without him we would not have the world we have today. There is still racism, poverty and war but there is also a huge improvement, a voice and a hope. It shines. Racism, ignorance, poverty and war will be conquered by non-violent protest.

The creationists, fundamentalists, ISIS, racists, elitists and those who create war, injustice and poverty will be defeated by intelligence, wisdom and love.

Martin Luther King’s I have a dream speech August 28 1963

I am happy to join with you today in what will go down in history as the greatest demonstration for freedom in the history of our nation.

Five score years ago, a great American, in whose symbolic shadow we stand today, signed the Emancipation Proclamation. This momentous decree came as a great beacon light of hope to millions of Negro slaves who had been seared in the flames of withering injustice. It came as a joyous daybreak to end the long night of captivity.

But one hundred years later, the Negro still is not free. One hundred years later, the life of the Negro is still sadly crippled by the manacles of segregation and the chains of discrimination. One hundred years later, the Negro lives on a lonely island of poverty in the midst of a vast ocean of material prosperity. One hundred years later, the Negro is still languished in the corners of American society and finds himself in exile in his own land. So we have come here today to dramatize an shameful condition.

In a sense we’ve come to our nation’s Capital to cash a check. When the architects of our republic wrote the magnificent words of the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence, they were signing a promissory note to which every American was to fall heir.

This note was a promise that all men, yes, black men as well as white men, would be guaranteed the unalienable rights of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

It is obvious today that America has defaulted on this promissory note insofar as her citizens of color are concerned. Instead of honoring this sacred obligation, America has given the Negro people a bad check; a check which has come back marked “insufficient funds.”

But we refuse to believe that the bank of justice is bankrupt. We refuse to believe that there are insufficient funds in the great vaults of opportunity of this nation. So we have come to cash this check- a check that will give us upon demand the riches of freedom and the security of justice.

We have also come to this hallowed spot to remind America of the fierce urgency of now. This is no time to engage in the luxury of cooling off or to take the tranquilizing drug of gradualism.

Now is the time to make real the promises of democracy. Now is the time to rise from the dark and desolate valley of segregation to the sunlit path of racial justice. Now is the time to lift our nation from the quicksands of racial injustice to the solid rock of brotherhood. Now is the time to make justice a reality for all of God’s children.

It would be fatal for the nation to overlook the urgency of the moment. This sweltering summer of the Negro’s legitimate discontent will not pass until there is an invigorating autumn of freedom and equality. Nineteen sixty-three is not an end, but a beginning. Those who hope that the Negro needed to blow off steam and will now be content will have a rude awakening if the nation returns to business as usual. There will be neither rest nor tranquility in America until the Negro is granted his citizenship rights. The whirlwinds of revolt will continue to shake the foundations of our nation until the bright day of justice emerges.

But there is something that I must say to my people who stand on the warm threshold which leads into the palace of justice. In the process of gaining our rightful place we must not be guilty of wrongful deeds. Let us not seek to satisfy our thirst for freedom by drinking from the cup of bitterness and hatred. We must forever conduct our struggle on the high plane of dignity and discipline. We must not allow our creative protest to degenerate into physical violence. Again and again we must rise to the majestic heights of meeting physical force with soul force.

The marvelous new militancy which has engulfed the Negro community must not lead us to a distrust of all white people, for many of our white brothers, as evidenced by their presence here today, have come to realize that their destiny is tied up with our destiny. And they have come to realize that their freedom is inextricably bound to our freedom. We cannot walk alone.

And as we walk, we must make the pledge that we shall march ahead. We cannot turn back. There are those who are asking the devotees of civil rights, “When will you be satisfied?”

We can never be satisfied as long as the Negro is the victim of the unspeakable horrors of police brutality.

We can never be satisfied as long as our bodies, heavy with the fatigue of travel, cannot gain lodging in the motels of the highways and the hotels of the cities.

We cannot be satisfied as long as the Negro’s basic mobility is from a smaller ghetto to a larger one.

We can never be satisfied as long as our chlidren are stripped of their selfhood and robbed of their dignity by signs stating “for whites only.”

We cannot be satisfied as long as a Negro in Mississippi cannot vote and a Negro in New York believes he has nothing for which to vote.

No, no, we are not satisfied, and we will not be satisfied until justice rolls down like waters and righteousness like a mighty stream.

I am not unmindful that some of you have come here out of great trials and tribulations. Some of you have come fresh from narrow jail cells. Some of you have come from areas where your quest for freedom left you battered by the storms of persecution and staggered by the winds of police brutality. You have been the veterans of creative suffering. Continue to work with the faith that unearned suffering is redemptive.

Go back to Mississippi, go back to Alabama, go back to South Carolina, go back to Georgia, go back to Louisiana, go back to the slums and ghettos of our northern cities, knowing that somehow this situation can and will be changed. Let us not wallow in the valley of despair.

I say to you today, my friends, so even though we face the difficulties of today and tomorrow, I still have a dream. It is a dream deeply rooted in the American dream.

I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: “We hold these truths to be self-evident; that all men are created equal.”

I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave owners will be able to sit down together at the table of brotherhood.

I have a dream that one day even the state of Mississippi, a state sweltering with the heat of injustice, sweltering with the heat of oppression, will be transformed into an oasis of freedom and justice.

I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.

I have a dream today.

I have a dream that one day down in Alabama, with its vicious racists, with its governor having his lips dripping with the words of interposition and nullification, that one day right down in Alabama little black boys and black girls will be able to join hands with little white boys and white girls as sisters and brothers.

I have a dream today.

I have a dream that one day every valley shall be exhalted, every hill and mountain shall be made low, the rough places will be made plain, and the crooked places will be made straight, and the glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together.

This is our hope. This is the faith that I will go back to the South with. With this faith we will be able to hew out of the mountain of despair a stone of hope. With this faith we will be able to transform the jangling discords of our nation into a beautiful symphony of brotherhood.

With this faith we will be able to work together, to pray together, to struggle together, to go to jail together, to stand up for freedom together, knowing that we will be free one day.

This will be the day when all of God’s children will be able to sing with new meaning, “My country ’tis of thee, sweet land of liberty, of thee I sing. Land where my fathers died, land of the Pilgrims’ pride, from every mountainside, let freedom ring.”

And if America is to be a great nation, this must become true. So let freedom ring from the prodigious hilltops of New Hampshire. Let freedom ring from the mighty mountains of New York. Let freedom ring from the heightening Alleghenies of Pennsylvania.

Let freedom ring from the snow-capped Rockies of Colorado. Let freedom ring from the curvaceous slopes of California. But not only that; let freedom ring from the Stone Mountain of Georgia. Let freedom ring from Lookout Mountain of Tennessee.

Let freedom ring from every hill and molehill of Mississippi. From every mountainside, let freedom ring.

And when this happens, and when we allow freedom ring, when we let it ring from every village and every hamlet, from every state and every city, we will be able to speed up that day when all of God’s children, black men and white men, Jews and gentiles, Protestants and Catholics, will be able to join hands and sing in the words of the old Negro spiritual, “Free at last! Free at last! Thank God Almighty, we are free at last!”

 

Phil Ochs – Links on the Chain – Lyrics about the Trade Union movement.

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Without the Trade Unions organising the bosses abused the working man. Working people were kept in slum housing on poverty wages while the rich creamed off all the wealth and lived in huge mansions with servants.

The Trade Unions fought for a fair day’s wage for a fair day’s work.

After the Unions came into existence the lot of the ordinary person was greatly improved.

It was a step in the right direction; a step towards equality.

The Trade Unions became too powerful and too silly. The restricted practices to protect their members went too far. Power corrupts.

What we need is a strong &Union Movement and responsibility. At this moment in time the inequality is too great.

Phil Ochs wrote about the rise of the Trade Union movement and how it represented the working people and brought fairness and prosperity. He wrote of how it betrayed the black people by failing to join with the civil rights movement.

We are now in a global battle for fairness and an end to poverty for everyone on the planet. It is only the establishment who want the inequality for cheap labour to boost their profits.

This is the time for a global Trade Union movement – Fairness and Justice for All!!!!

Links on the Chain

Come you ranks of labor, come you union core
And see if you remember the struggles of before
When you were standing helpless on the outside of the door
And you started building links on the chain, on the chain
And you started building links on the chain

When the police on the horses were waitin’ on demand
Ridin’ through the strike with the pistols in their hands
Swingin’ at the skulls of many a union man
As you built one more link on the chain, on the chain
As you built one more link on the chain

Then the army of the fascists tried to put you on the run
But the army of the union, they did what could be done
Oh, the power of the factory was greater than the gun
As you built one more link on the chain, on the chain
As you built one more link on the chain

And then in 1954, decisions finally made
Oh, the black man was a-risin’ fast, racin’ from the shade
And your union took no stand and your union was betrayed
As you lost yourself a link on the chain, on the chain
As you lost yourself a link on the chain

And then there came the boycotts and then the freedom rides
And forgetting what you stood for, you tried to block the tide
Oh, the automation bosses were laughin’ on the side
As they watched you lose your link on the chain, on the chain
As they watched you lose your link on the chain

You know when they block your trucks boys by layin’ on the road
All that they are doin’ is all that you have showed
That you gotta strike, you gotta fight to get what you are owed
When you’re building all your links on the chain, on the chain
When you’re building all your links on the chain

And the man who tries to tell you that they’ll take your job away
He’s the same man who was scabbin’ hard just the other day
And your union’s not a union till he’s thrown out of the way
And he’s chokin’ on your links of the chain, of the chain
And he’s chokin’ on your links of the chain

For now the times are tellin’ you the times are rollin’ on
And you’re fighting for the same thing, the jobs that will be gone
Now it’s only fair to ask your boys, which side are you on?
As you’re buildin’ all your links on the chain, on the chain
As you’re buildin’ all your links on the chain

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