Come out to the Joe Hill commemoration!
Monday NOV 18 7PM @ the LANTERN.
Joe Hill was a Swedish-American labor activist, songwriter, and member of the Industrial Workers of the World. Hill, as an immigrant worker frequently facing unemployment and underemployment, became a popular song writer and cartoonist for the radical union.
come out to celebrate one of the most famous IWW union members! there will be speakers talking about the life and history of Joe hill and the IWW.
musician Patrick O’Meara will play some of Joe hills most famous songs.
Joe Hill rose in the IWW organization and traveled widely, organizing workers under the IWW banner, writing political songs and satirical poems, and making speeches. He shortened his pseudonym to ‘Joe Hill’ as the pen-name under which his songs, cartoons and other writings appeared. His songs frequently appropriated familiar melodies from popular songs and hymns of the time. He coined the phrase “pie in the sky“, which appeared in his song “The Preacher and the Slave” (a parody of the hymn “In the Sweet By-and-By“). Other notable songs written by Hill include “The Tramp“, “There is Power in a Union“, “The Rebel Girl“, and “Casey Jones—the Union Scab“.
In 1914, John G. Morrison, a Salt Lake City area grocer and former policeman, and his son were shot and killed by two men.The same evening, Hill arrived at a doctor’s office with a gunshot wound, and briefly mentioned a fight over a woman. Yet Hill was reluctant to explain further, and he was later accused of the grocery store murders on the basis of his injury. Hill was convicted of the murders in a controversial trial. Following an unsuccessful appeal, political debates, and international calls for clemency from high profile people and workers’ organizations, Hill was executed by the state of Utah in November, 1915. After his death, he was memorialized by several folk songs. His life and death have inspired books and poetry and resistance to capitalism.
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