Solidarity For You & Me
While the US and Canada celebrate the work of the labor movement in September, this day is known worldwide. It can be our opportunity at UUCLV to speak up, speak out, and to stand with our human family globally in solidarity and love. Workers of the World Unite! And create the Beloved Kingdom where each person's inherent worth, dignity and abilities is honored and celebrated.
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We shall not be moved, Pete Seeger
They Have The Plant, But We Have The Power Decolores, Joan Baez
We do the work, Jon Fomer
Introduction/Zoom Orientation/Welcome with Kem Tetlow
Opening Words with Mark Bergtholdt
Today is May first. For those of you with a Catholic background it is the day to celebrate
St. Joseph. Those of you with northern European roots will celebrate today as Beltane
and the erect a Maypole. In most of the rest of the world it is International workers day.
A celebration of the union movement. That movement is what we will be celebrating
We began this service in a very union way. The clapping is to remember how the field
workers organizing for the United Farm Workers of American in the the southwest and
California knew when to gather for a meeting during the workday. Since the workers
were spread out through the field, the organizer would begin a slow clap. Those within
earshot would pick up the clap and pass it on to others in the field signaling them to
come in in the direction of the clapping and gather for a meeting. I always enjoy starting
union meetings in this way. It serves gives folks time to finish their conversation, get
everyone quiet and energized for the meeting. Today’s service is a special one. It will
involve representatives from all of the generations present in this space. The service will
lean heavily on our first and second sources Direct experience of that transcending
mystery and wonder, affirmed in all cultures, which moves us to a renewal of the spirit
and an openness to the forces which create and uphold life and words and deeds of
prophetic people which challenge us to confront powers and structures of evil with
justice, compassion, and the transforming power of love. Let us begin this celebration.
Chalice Lighting with Kem Tetlow
Time for all ages I
(Melodrama act 1)
Farm owner: I have some garlic that I need to harvest. Do I have any farm
workers who want to get paid 10 cents for each bulb of garlic harvested.
One or two Farm workers volunteer. (If more than two volunteer, then pick two.)
Farm owner: What I need you to do is to collect the garlic and put them in this
bag. I expect to see 10 pieces of garlic harvested. Understand. 10 cents a piece
and if you get to 10, a 10 cent bonus to each of you.
Farm workers get to work.
Martin Luther King Jr., All Labor has Dignity, March 18, 1968, Memphis
"And I come by here to say that America, too, is going to hell if she doesn’t use her
wealth. If America does not use her vast resources of wealth to end poverty and make it
possible for all of God’s children to have the basic necessities of life, she, too, will go to
hell. And I will hear America through her historians, years and generations to come,
saying, “We built gigantic buildings to kiss the skies. We built gargantuan bridges to span
the seas. Through our spaceships we were able to carve highways through the
stratosphere. Through our airplanes we are able to dwarf distance and place time in
chains. Through our submarines we were able to penetrate oceanic depths.”
It seems that I can hear the God of the universe saying, “Even though you have done all
of that, I was hungry and you fed me not, I was naked and you clothed me not. The
children of my sons and daughters were in need of economic security and you didn’t
provide it for them. And so you cannot enter the kingdom of greatness.” This may well be
the indictment on America. And that same voice says in Memphis to the mayor, to the
power structure, “If you do it unto the least of these of my children you do it unto me.”
Solidarity forever, Pete Seeger
Of Our Hearts with Kem Tetlow
Pastoral Reflection & Meditation with The Reverend Gordon Clay Bailey
Our People Gonna Rise, Pat Humphries/ Sandy Opatow
Union movement to me with Mary Barden
Time for all ages II
(Melodrama Act 2)
Farm owner: Did you harvest 10 bulbs?
Farm workers: No!
Farm owner: You are all fired. Here is the money for what you harvested minus
some for being too slow. (Audience boos)
I am going to find somebody who will work harder.
Farm workers leave stomping off
Farm owner: I’ve been thinking that 10 cents a bulb is too much. I wonder if
somebody would work twice as hard for half as much. Would anyone out there
like to earn some money. I know you are hungry and and will pay a fair wage. Do
I have any volunteers to pick some garlic? (Audience boos)
Volunteers step forward.
Farm owner: Great! What I need you to do is to collect the garlic and put them in
this bag. I expect to see 10 pieces of garlic harvested. Understand. I will pay you
5 cents a piece and if you get to 10, a 2 cent bonus to each of you.
Chavez Commonwealth Club Speech, San Francisco, November 9, 1984
"Those who attack our union often say, 'It's not really a union. It's something else -- a
social movement. A civil rights movement. It's something dangerous.'
They're half right.
The United Farm Workers is first and foremost a union. A union like any other. A union
that either produces for its members on the bread and butter issues or doesn't survive.
But the UFW has always been something more than a union.
Although it's never been dangerous if you believe in the Bill of Rights.
The UFW was the beginning! We attacked that historical source of shame and infamy
that our people in this country lived with.
We attacked that injustice not by complaining; not by seeking hand-outs; not by
becoming soldiers in the War on Poverty.
Farm workers acknowledged we had allowed ourselves to become victims in a
democratic society -- a society where majority rule and collective bargaining are
supposed to be more than academic theories or political rhetoric.
And by addressing this historical problem, we created confidence and in an entire
people's ability to create the future."
Sermon with The Reverend Gordon Clay Bailey
Melodrama Act 3
Third child interrupts the service.
Just after sermon starts
Union organizer enters with the farm workers who stomped off. [Chanting]
Union Organizer to the working farm workers: Stop what you are doing until the
farm owner pays you a fair wage. Don’t worry about the farm owner hiring
someone else. Me, and my friends will make sure that the farm owner can’t.
Union Organizer to the Farm Owner: No one will work for you until you pay a fair
wage. Me and my friends will spread the word that you are unfair. No one will
work for you and your garlic will rot in the field.
Union Organizer and farmworkers march off. [Chanting]
Farm Owner: Will anybody work to harvest my garlic. I’ll pay a fair wage.
Melodrama Act 4
Union organizer and farm workers enter [Chanting]
Union organizer: Hey farm owner! Are you ready to pay a fair wage. We know
you can sell your garlic for a dollar a bulb. We want 30 cents a bulb with a dollar
bonus if we harvest 10. That leaves you with six dollars and us with four if we
Farm owner: Well I have to pay for transportation to market and that costs me 10
cents per bulb. The grocer has to make some money. They make 20 cents for
every bulb. So I only make 40 cents per bulb. There are also the costs to plant
and water the garlic and that is 25 cents. That leaves me with 5 cents per bulb if
your workers get 30 cents bulb.
I am also tired of training people who only work for one or two days. How about I
pay for your health insurance and 10 cents a bulb.
Union organizer: I like the health insurance. How about weekends off and 20
cents per bulb with a 50 cent bonus for every 10 harvested.
Farm owner: You drive a hard bargain. Ok on the weekends too but my best offer
is 15 cents per bulb and 25 cents for every 10.
Union organizer: Well you are pretty tough too. That is a deal.
(Audience cheers and chants Si Se puede)
All exit. [Chanting]
Black Uhuru, Solidarity https://youtu.be/r9OjPQMnY7c
Show Me The Suffering Of The Most Miserable;
So I will know my people's plight.
Free me to pray for others;
For you are present in every Person.
Help Me Take Responsibility For My Own Life;
So that I can be free at last.
Grant Me Courage To Serve Others;
For in service there is true life.
Give me Honesty And Patience;
So thatI can work with other workers.
Bring forth song and celebration;
So that the Spirit will be alive among us.
Let the Spirit Flourish and grow;
So That We Will Never Tire Of The Struggle.
Let Us Remember Those Who Have Died For Justice;
For They Have Given Us Life.
Help Us Love Even Those Who Hate Us;
So we can change the world.
Announcements with Kem Tetlow
Preacher and the slave, Utah Phillips
We Just Come to Work Here, We Don’t Come to Die, Anne Feeney: Union Maid, Pete Seeger
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