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News :: Labor
Two Flash Mobs for Labor Rights
05 Jul 2010
Modified: 06:41:34 PM
This past month in Boston, two flash-mob actions took place in support of two very prevalent labor struggles. First, on June 11th the Boston Sass Attack and The Radical Marching Band took over Hyatt Hotel’s downtown location to do their dance version of “Boycott Hyatt. (to the tune of Beyonce’s “Single Ladies.”)
Hyatt workers have been fighting wage and medical benefit cuts at many of the hotel giants’ braches across the country. The action was a huge success and the troop even got to perform their routine twice. Check out the video at

Only a week or so later, the Second Line Social Aid and Pleasure Society did a similar flash-mob action in Shaw’s Supermarket in Porter Square, Cambridge. The band swarmed near the checkout line and did their version of “Down by the Riverside” (except the chorus was “I ain’t gonna shop at Shaws no more”). Workers in Shaw’s Methuen warehouse have been on strike for over three months now trying to keep their wages and benefits. Check out this video at

Reprinted from the BAAM Newsletter, Issue 35.

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