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Anne Feeney: A political activist, folk musician and singer-songwriter;
Participant in the Joe Hill Centennial celebration at Sugar House park, SLC, UT. Filmed and Interview by Idaho Lorax.
Based in Pittsburgh, PA, Anne Feeney is the granddaughter of an intrepid mine-workers' organizer, who also used music to carry the message of solidarity to working people. After two decades of community activism and regional performances at rallies, Anne took her message on the road. Since 1991 Anne has traveled to the front-lines in 42 states, as well as Canada, Mexico, Denmark, Ireland and Sweden.
Her anthem "Have You Been to Jail for Justice?" is being performed by activists everywhere, including Peter, Paul and Mary. Dubbed the "minister of culture" to the movements for economic and social justice and human rights, Anne is "the best labor singer in North America" according to Utah Phillips. In 2005, Anne received the Joe Hill Award from the Labor Heritage Foundation in Washington, DC. Past recipients include Cesar Chavez, Pete Seeger, Faith Petric and Hazel Dickens. Her critically acclaimed recordings are widely available.
Since 1991, Feeney has toured North America and the world to perform and participate in political and labor rallies and events. Her first recording, Look to the Left, was released in 1992. Since then she has released several more albums, including "Union Maid," "If I Can't Dance," "Have you Been to Jail for Justice?", Dump the Bosses Off Your Back. and, most recently "Enchanted Way" (2010). Feeney and her daughter Amy Berlin performed Feeney's song "Ain't I a Woman" at the "March for Women's Lives" in Washington, DC, on April 25, 2004