I know, I know -- I am as surprised as you are. But you can't tell me the annual union picnic on Labor Day would ever have turned into Take Back Labor Day if the Republican National Convention (aka OMGWTFGOPBBQ08 -- thanks Brandi) wasn't coming to town.
Holy shit! Mos Def! Atmosphere! Steve Earle! Allison Moorer! Lupe Fiasco! Billy Bragg! Tom Morello. (I'm not totes excited about Morello and friends, but shit, who cares?) That is a bad-ass line-up, y'all. And the tickets are only $10. Oh, we have ours. I'm going with KayGee, The Prison Librarian, Macho Man and The Wife. Music. Outdoors. Hopefully beer. Supporting labor. I LOVE IT.
Oh, you're shocked aren't you? You're shocked that a bleeding heart liberal like me would be a union supporter. It's true. I am. However, I'm not just talking out my ass about it -- I've been in a union. I suppose that's why I know about the annual picnic. And that is why people keep looking at me like I'm on crack when I talk about the Labor Day picnic. I almost went one year. Anyway, I've been in a union. I went to meetings. I voted on a contract and I thought that was so. fucking. cool. Then again, I'm the girl who was totally fucking stoked to get called to jury duty.
I cannot understand why anyone wouldn't be on board with: health care for all; the freedom to join unions, wages that can support families and secure retirement. The horror!
So, thanks Republicans, for coming to town and giving me the opportunity to see Mos Def.
Also, one of the event features just tickles the shit out of me:
In addition to the Labor Day concert, the festival will include a You Tube station, a fully equipped blogger lounge, a children’s area, and a large audience-participation art project.