Pete Seeger - Solidarity Forever
For the union makes us strong
When the union’s inspiration
through the workers’ blood shall run,
There can be no power greater
anywhere beneath the sun.
Yet what force on earth is weaker
than the feeble strength of one?
But the union makes us strong.
They have taken untold millions
that they never toiled to earn,
But without our brain and muscle
not a single wheel can turn.
We can break their haughty power;
gain our freedom when we learn
That the Union makes us strong.
In our hands is placed a power
greater than their hoarded gold;
Greater than the might of armies,
magnified a thousand-fold.
We can bring to birth a new world
from the ashes of the old
For the Union makes us strong.
Unions are often old, hierarchical and corrupt, but there was a time they were very similar to the Occupy movements springing up around the world. Even though protesters are being cleared out of a lot of cities, after Obama’s speech in Kansas, it is clear that they have affected the national debate. The Tea Party was an expression of the worst side of America, the Occupy movement is representative of the best.