BY:Rick Nagin| November 24, 2010

Remember those who grew this food

Who picked and packed

Who shipped and sold.

Bronze rainbow arms

Have set this food upon our table.


Remember those who built this house

Assembled, weaved, created

Light and warmth and health.


Remember those who fought and died

To break the king’s command, the slaver’s yoke

And slay the Nazi beast.


Remember those who walked in darkness

Eyes on the gourd and the Trail of Tears,

Marching in Selma, martyred in Memphis


They can’t kill the dream, Jesús y Maria,

Che on his cross in the Andean highlands

Shot in the stadium, pushed from the airplane

Martyrs for freedom

And America.


Never forget

Our ancient foe

His craft and power,

His cruel hate

His endless thirst

Through blood and oil

For profit, profit

Uber alles.


Remember those whose songs of love

Restore us still

Pablo, Diego, Woody and Giant Paul

Mus’ keep on fightin’, Comrades all


Remember those who grew this food

Who mined and forged

Who sang and loved

Who fought and died

Who made all wealth

All honor and glory,

All power and peace

Be unto you

Be unto you.

Originally published in 2006 by People’s Weekly World.



    Rick Nagin, Ohio correspondent for the People's World, has written for the paper and its predecessors since 1970. He has been active for many years in Cleveland politics and the labor movement.

    He helped elect Cleveland's first Hispanic city councilman and served as his Executive Assistant for over seven years. Rick has run for public office a number of times and received 45 percent of the vote in a race for City Council in 2009.  He is the Democratic Leader in Cleveland Ward 14 and serves on the County Democratic Party Executive Committee.

    A member of The Newspaper Guild, Communications Workers of America, he is a delegate to the North Shore AFL-CIO Federation of Labor and serves on its Political Coordinators and Labor Day Parade committees. He is on the Executive Board of the Greater Cleveland Labor Council for Latin American Advancement and represents the People's World on the steering committee of Cleveland Jobs With Justice.




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