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Announcement :: Organizing
Man In Black Bloc @ RNC/ www.DefendJohnnyCash.org
25 Aug 2004
MAN / WOMAN-IN-BLACK-BLOC AGAINST THE RNC RISE UP IN DEFENSE OF THE HONOR & MEMORY OF JOHNNY CASH www.DefendJohnnyCash.org * * *

JOHNNY CASH SPOKE FOR THE POOR AND UNDER-REPRESENTED THE REPUBLICANS SPEAK FOR THE RICH

JOHNNY CASH ADVOCATED FOR PRISON REFORM THE REPUBLICANS LOCK US UP

JOHNNY CASH SANG FOR OUR MINERS, FARMERS, AND WORKERS REPUBLICAN ECONOMICS CRUSH THE WORKING CLASS

THE RNC HAS NO RIGHT TO TARNISH THE MEMORY OF JOHNNY CASH WE WILL RISE UP TO DEFEND THE HONOR OF AN AMERICAN HERO
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ARE YOU COMING TO THE RNC in NYC? This is a call to action! Meet at 4:00 P.M. dressed in black on Tuesday, August 31st at: SOTHEBY’S AUCTION HOUSE 1334 YORK AVENUE NEW YORK, NEW YORK

Press Contact Phone: 617.838.1422 Email: ManInBlack (at) riseup.net or Rine (at) riseup.net Website: www.defendjohnnycash.org

On Tuesday, August 31st, the Republicans who will invade NYC plan to have an exclusive "celebration" at the "Johnny Cash Special Exhibit" for Tennessee delegates inside the famous high-art auction / real estate investment house Sotheby's. This past July, Sotheby’s locked out 54 union workers, Teamster Local 814 Movers, including some that had been employed there for over thirty years. Instead of re-negotiating contracts, they flew scabs from London in.

This Republican event is supposed to be in honor of Republican Senator Lamar Alexander, a man whose website boasts more corporate headshots than political content. It is sponsored by the American Gas Association, a multinational corporation whose membership includes gas companies in Brazil, Korea, and France, among others.

Well, we know that Johnny Cash himself sure wouldn't be too keen on this, especially given the brutal stomping the current administration has been doing on our nation's poor and working class. Actually, Johnny would be downright pissed. Just like we are. Over the past four years, conditions for the poor and working class have worsened. There are now over 31 million Americans living in poverty. 12.2 million children in our nation are poor, with over 1.35 million of them homeless. Over 43 million Americans have no healthcare and there are currently almost 10 million unemployed Americans. (Poor People's Economic Rights Campaign)

The songs of Johnny Cash were beacons of light for those who were unjustly locked up, kicked down, and knocked around. He sang for the poor, the imprisoned, and the oppressed. He sang from his heart. How dare the Republicans think of using the memory of a true people's hero to promote their greedy causes and war-criminal president? Would Johnny support the president’s economic policies? Would Johnny support the Iraq war? Would Johnny support the draconian Rockefeller drug laws?

Stand with us and take the streets in front of Sotheby's on A31 to raise your voice in song, in rage, and in hope. We will join together in defense of the honor of Johnny Cash. We will stand in recognition of the misery of the past four years the Bush administration has slapped upon our nation's low-income and blue collar class. We will make Johnny proud.

Bring your black clothing, pompadour, guitars (real or cardboard), hair grease, singing voice, megaphones, jailstripes, skeleton costumes, signs, art, posters, CD players, boomboxes, musical instruments, Johnny posters and records, dancing shoes, creative resistance, decentralized direct action schemes, and of course, your favorite political Cash lyrics as big as you can print‘em! Shame on the RNC!

For more info: www.DefendJohnnyCash.org To volunteer: ManInBlack (at) riseup.net

Sotheby’s is located one block east of 1st Avenue at 71st street. Subway: Take the 6 train to 68th St. and walk north 3 blocks, and then east to York Ave.

“MAN IN BLACK”

Well, you wonder why I always dress in black, Why you never see bright colors on my back, And why does my appearance seem to have a somber tone. Well, there's a reason for the things that I have on.

I wear the black for the poor and the beaten down, Livin' in the hopeless, hungry side of town, I wear it for the prisoner who has long paid for his crime, But is there because he's a victim of the times…

Well, we're doin' mighty fine, I do suppose, In our streak of lightnin' cars and fancy clothes, But just so we're reminded of the ones who are held back, Up front there ought 'a be a Man In Black.

I wear it for the sick and lonely old, For the reckless ones whose bad trip left them cold, I wear the black in mournin' for the lives that could have been, Each week we lose a hundred fine young men.

And, I wear it for the thousands who have died, Believen' that the Lord was on their side, I wear it for another hundred thousand who have died, Believen' that we all were on their side.

Well, there's things that never will be right I know, And things need changin' everywhere you go, But 'til we start to make a move to make a few things right, You'll never see me wear a suit of white.

Ah, I'd love to wear a rainbow every day, And tell the world that everything's OK, But I'll try to carry off a little darkness on my back, 'Till things are brighter, I'm the Man In Black. -Johnny Cash, “Man In Black”
See also:
http://www.defendjohnnycash.org
http://www.infoshop.org

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Re: Man In Black Bloc @ RNC/ www.DefendJohnnyCash.org
25 Aug 2004
Johnny Cash was the working man's hero. And the poor, underclass and struggling.
If anyone, with any heart, wants to show the rich how we feel? Address Tuesday's march in black.
Mourn our brothers and sisters. Who are pawns of Corporate America.
Peace to Johnny Cash.
I'll never forget him.
Re: Man In Black Bloc @ RNC/ www.DefendJohnnyCash.org
26 Aug 2004
of course I know who cash is, but I didn't realize he had songs like that. I dig it. if I could make it I'd be there. Solidarity to the black bloc! (be safe brothers and sisters!)
Re: Man In Black Bloc @ RNC/ www.DefendJohnnyCash.org
12 Oct 2004
I remember seeing Mr. Cash in 1980. I started doing Cash cover's with Billy Joe Carnahan who wrote "Roll Call" for John (his friends called him John).

Five years ago in Chicago, someone asked me why I do "Cash instead of Sinatra?" I replied: "Who the fuck's Sinatra!...I can't play Sinatra at a truck stop!"

Music has changed so much since I was a teenager in the 70's. But John Cash will remain long after this guilded age.

Earle Allen Greer