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Utah Phillips on labor day

Happy labor day! I’m thankful for for the [w:Eight-hour day] and so many more reasons to celebrate labor day. A great reminder about the meaning of labor day is to listen/watch the folksinger and storyteller — and Utah state archivist in the 1960s — Utah Phillips. Phillips — who defined himself as a folks singer, pacifist, activist, agitator, Catholic anarchist, union worker, feminist — was a truly great and honorable man who chronicled and advocated for the labor movement. The video below is from a 2004 interview with Amy Goodman on Democracy Now. Phillips passed away on May 23, 2008.

You can also see his live performances on youtube:

A commenter on one of the youtube videos said it best I think: “my sorrow at your passing is far outweighed by my delight at your having lived.” Happy labor day!

–that is all.

Happy Labor Day, U.S.!

September 7, 2009 is Labor Day in the U.S., where it is celebrated by not laboring. It’s Friday noon on the East Coast, and already I see the drop-off in emails and tweets. Get the facts from:

Labor Day Facts for Features from the Census Bureau

Labor Day press packet from the Labor Department