These times are poignant
The winds have shifted
It’s all we can do
To stay uplifted
Protest runs through the region’s veins like coal seams through the mountains.
apparently just to live
just to experience life
is not an acceptable trade
Every man who works with his hands
Has seen that look. Maybe we showed up
To patch the roof, service the furnace,
Or unclog the sewer…
What is needed is a message that speaks to voters across the spectrum, telling them that they are being heard and their needs will be addressed by proposals for economic and social progress that will include and benefit everyone.
In a mesmerizing set, musician Nora Brown breathes new life into two old-time banjo tunes: “East Virginia” and “John Brown’s Dream.” An evocative performance paired with a quick history of the banjo’s evolution.
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Zenobia Jeffries: The “Redneck Revolt” Is Showing Up at Gun Shows and KKK Rallies to End White Supremacy
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