Anne Feeney - Labour Singing Hero - needs *our* help

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Anne Feeney - Labour Singing Hero - needs *our* help


Anne has spent decades fighting & performing for *everyone* else, I'm posting this note in hopes that she has some phans & phriends here who would like to reach out to help her in her time of Need:

  • "Anne Feeney is the greatest labor singer in North America." - Utah Phillips
  • "If I had a cause - and who doesn't? - I'd want Anne Feeney singing for me."- Stephen Ide, Dirty Linen Magazine
  • "Congratulations on your fine songwriting!" - Pete Seeger
  • "Anne is a role model for us. She has lived her songs." - Peter Yarrow (Peter, Paul and Mary)
  • "I'm a traveling folksinger/agitator from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. For almost 40 years I've been performing & occasionally writing songs for people in struggle. Each month I report here on where I've been & where I'm going. Always try to check with a venue before heading off for one of my concerts - details also continuously update @ Sign up now to get my hard-to-find news for activists in the Labor, Peace, feminist, social Justice & environmental Movements."
  • The Vietnam war and the Civil Rights Movement shaped my conscience and consciousness. I worked for a dozen years or so as a trial attorney, and served as President of the Pittsburgh Musicians' Union. These days I am living my dream. I'm on the road 200+ days a year... all over the US and Canada, and more recently, Sweden and Denmark. It's my privilege to spend most of my waking hours with people who are trying to make a difference in this World... people on strike, or in a union or community organizing drive, or defending women's rights, the environment, human rights ... working to end poverty and racism ... teaching Peace.


Sad News from Anne Feeney


How much one conversation with a doctor can change your life!


This time last week I thought the next time I'd be writing to you would be with my exciting September news and Labor Day special... 


This time last week I thought I'd be in Sweden tonight  packing to go to Ireland to meet up with all my wonderful tourmates.


Instead, here I am in Pittsburgh packing to go Shadyside Hospital.  On August 3rd, in Sweden, a lung specialist advised me that I have an 11 cm tumor on my lung that is stressing both my heart and lungs in dangerous ways.  As terrifying as this diagnosis is, it is in many ways a relief to get an explanation for the several mysterious and troubling symptoms I've had for the past few months... including increasing fatigue, shortness of breath, terrible coughing, and bizarre heart rhythms.   


I could have stayed in Sweden for the bronchoscopy, biopsy and surgery ... my health insurance would have covered everything in Sweden that it covers here.  But even the best case scenario here will involve a protracted recovery period and probably at least six months out of work.  It was also hard to think about being so seriously ill so far away from my children, and my lifelong network of friends in Pittsburgh.


So here I am, at home in Pittsburgh, surrounded by friends and family.


Luckily, Tom Pigott and I have been able to arrange full and wonderful coverage for both the Ireland tours in August.  The wonderful Charlie King will be joining the August 10-19th tour, and Tom will be hosting the August 22-31st tour with some of my favorite folks in Ireland.  Both tours will continue uninterrupted, but, alas, without me this year.


My friend Jan Boyd has set up a Caring Bridge page for those of you who want regular medical updates on my condition.  The URL is ...  (The only reason you have to log in to the site is to keep spam robots from posting stupid messages...)


I hope to be posting updates on Facebook as well as soon as I feel up to it.


I'm pretty sure it will be difficult for me to talk on the phone for a while.  I would love it if you'd post get well wishes, stories & jokes for me on my guestbook...  ... (It's a moderated guestbook, so what you write won't appear on the guestbook until I read it and approve it--- otherwise I'm pretty sure the guestbook would be nothing but ads for viagra and such..)


This diagnosis has wiped out most of my meager folksinger's savings.  I've had to cancel a lot of work that I was counting on, and incurred a lot of unexpected travel expenses.  Although most of my medical bills will be covered (now that I've come up with the $6000 in deductibles and copay), it seems unlikely that I'll be able to return to my hectic tour schedule, or any full time work, for several months.


If you want to help me out with what are going to be fairly staggering expenses by folksinger's standards... I'm hoping to find 1000 folks who'll pony up $50 ...   I really *don't* want any larger donations ... I don't want anyone to dig deep for this... and if $50 is hard for you to come by, PLEASE don't think about sending me a cent.   I know I have enough dear friends who are doing okay that those of you who are struggling shouldn't spend a second worrying about my finances.


You could send a check to me:

  • Anne Feeney
  • 2240 Milligan Ave
  • Pittsburgh  PA 15218


or you can send a donation via PayPal to  If you're not sure how to do that...  there's also a "donate" button you can click about 4 inches down on the right hand side of ... clicking on that "donate" button will also allow you to make a safely encrypted online donation.


I'll have a lot more to say and share about health care... especially the amazing Swedish health care system, when I'm not so tired.


I hope that you'll spread the word to any of our friends that may not subscribe to the Fellow Travelers' Advisory.


As I'm wandering around the sweet little house I get to spend so little time in, I keep finding boxes and boxes of thank you cards that I have purchased and never mailed.  My heart overflows with gratitude to all of you for your daily work for Justice, Art and Truth - for your steadfast support of the many projects I've brought to you in the past...   I am so honored to call you my friend. 


Many of my oldest and dearest friends are gathering here with me at the house to help me prepare for the coming ordeal.  I cherish them, and you, and hope to be in touch with all of you soon.


Anne Feeney


"Have You Been To Jail For Justice?" Feeney albumListen up! we've got a war zone, here today 
Right in our heartland, and across the USA 
These multinational bastards don't use tanks and guns it's true 
But they've declared a war on us, fight back! It's up to you 

There's a war on the workers 
There's a war on the workers 
There's a war on the workers 
And it's time we started calling the shots 

Going to work could be the death of you and me 
But we're not unarmed--Our weapon's Solidarity 
Jim Beals and Karen Silkwood 
The list goes on and on 
With every year that passes 60,000 more are gone!

There's a war on the workers 
There's a war on the workers 
There's a war on the workers 
And it's time we started calling the shots 

When they boost your co-pay, (it's a war on the workers!) 
don't you know what to say - (it's a war on the workers!) 
When they talk privatization (it's a war on the workers!) 
and co-operation (it's a war on the workers!) 
They call it "flexibility" (it's a war on the workers!) 
But every working stiff can see (it's a war on the workers!) 
When they poison our water (it's a war on the workers!
We're like lambs at the slaughter (it's a war on the workers!
When they foul up the air (it's a war on the workers!
We've got to show that we care (it's a war on the workers!
Oh, it's a war on the workers!
It's a war on public education, It's a war on child labor protections, it's a war on the 8 hour day, it's a war on occupational health & safety, a war on social security
-- Now thanks to WTO it's a World Wide War -- 

There's a war on the workers 
There's a war on the workers 
There's a war on the workers 
And it's time we started calling the shots!

Who Dah Bitch Now (Feeney cover of Eric 'The Red' Schwartz)
Well, you found you a coon
Tied him to a truck
He was looking at your girl
Yeah, he was looking for a ride
But you showed that bitch, dintcha?
Now tell your story while the others pinch ya
'cuz now you're bunkmates with Bubba
Who won't use no rubba
For the maximum sentence the Law would allow
So tell me boys...
Who Da Bitch Now?
Well, you found you a queer
You promised him some head
Drove him out, tied him up, beat him down and left him for dead
"That's what you get bitch!"
Well that's what you said
You didn't see it was wrong, no you were only 'seeing red'...
But now you'll see pinstripes
Bunched around your ankles every night
You'll get used to it much quicker
If you give up the fight and just allow...
And Who Da Bitch Now?

The irony is plain to see
If you know the definition
You try to be B.M.O.C.
And end up in this position...
You found you a Haitian
Brought him down to the station
You boinked him with a broomstick
As a standard operation
You thought you'd hide your violence
Behind that Big Blue Wall of Silence
But now you're roomin'
With some of the bitches you've been broomin'
I applaud the situation, but I wouldn't take a bow
Just tell me, officer, Who Da Bitch Now?
("Self-Bootleg" Bonus Verse)
Well this morning's communion went off without a hitch
So you said a benediction and made the alter boy your bitch
The most accursed criminal to hide behind a hymnal
But they hung you like a jury with a tube sock for a rope
The paparazzi waited
For a comment from the Pope who just said 'ciao'
And "who da beetch now?"