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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.