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Local 1000 August 2021 Newsletter


Dear Brothers and Sisters,

This is our regular monthly email newsletter. It includes reminders, member news and important announcements from the Executive Board and the office.


News from the Executive Board


President’s Message

Dear Sisters and Brothers,

I hope you have all had an enjoyable summer. The heat is heavy upon us here in the Midwest. We continue to remember our sisters and brothers on the west coast as they deal with the deadly forest fires.

I want to call your attention to the email you received on July 20th from the office with proposed bylaw changes that will be voted on at our membership meeting August 21st. John O’Connor proposed the three changes.

All proposed changes are in the Nominations and Elections Section (XIII). The first change (Section 2) would require all board members to have been a member of Local 1000 for one year prior to running for a position on the board. The second (Nominations: section 3) is that nominations for board positions would need to be made by September 15th rather than allowing members to bring up nominations until the close of nominations at the meeting. The final change (Elections: section 4) is a new section, allowing us to conduct elections electronically if needed.

There are lots of other important articles in this month’s newsletter so please take the time to read through them. As always, if you have questions please feel free to email me.

See you all August 21st at our Membership meeting.

Together We Are Mighty!



Upcoming Membership Meeting, Saturday, August 21st

Our August membership meeting will take place on Saturday August 21st on Zoom. This membership meeting is open to all members in good standing.

Local 1000 Membership Meeting Details

Date: Saturday, August 21, 2021

Time: 2:00 PM EST; 1:00 PM CST; 12:00 PM Mountain; 11:00 AM Pacific

Join Zoom Meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84953693093?pwd=cFNjbEZJWENNcUhSc1dtUW5HSTcxQT09

Meeting ID: 849 5369 3093

Passcode: 639750


Proposed By-law Changes  

Proposed by-law changes were sent to members by email in July. We will be discussing and voting on these changes at our August meeting, so please make sure to review them before the meeting.

The proposed changes can be reviewed here: https://www.local1000.org/newsletter/bylaw-changes-announcement-summer-2021/


ERF update

Our union doesn’t have a barrel of money, but we support each other!  Local 1000 Emergency Relief Fund grants of up to $1000 are still available while funds last. Members in good standing can apply using this link: https://www.local1000.org/erf-covid-19-grants-available/

Contact Richard at the office if you have questions about the grant process.


New Website

Work on the new website begins next week!! There will be a lot going on behind the scenes for the next month, but we’ll be excited to share the new-and-improved site with everyone soon!


East Coast Rep Changes

Rosalyn Dennett, the East Coast Representative on our Executive Board, had to step down from the board recently due to her demanding responsibilities elsewhere. We would like to thank Rosalyn for her service to Local 1000, and congratulate her and partner Rob McLaren on the birth of their new baby Lionel!

Member Charlie King has stepped in to serve out the remainder of the term as our East Coast Rep. You can contact him at [email protected]

Charlie King is a musical storyteller and political satirist.  He has been at the heart of American folk music for over half a century.  Pete Seeger hailed him as “One of the finest singers and songwriters of our time.”  He is the 2018 recipient of the Phil Ochs Award, recognizing his music and activism for social and political justice in the spirit of Phil Ochs.  Other honors include: the War Resisters League’s Peacemaker Award given to Charlie and Odetta; the Sacco-Vanzetti Social Justice Award nominated by Pete Seeger and the Joe Hill Award.

His songs have been recorded and sung by Pete & Peggy Seeger, Holly Near, Ronnie Gilbert, John McCutcheon, Arlo Guthrie, and Chad Mitchell. Folk legend Peggy Seeger says, “If we had more Charlie Kings in the world I’d be less worried,” and Tom Paxton adds, “Luckily, we have him!”



Call for Nominations

Nominations are open for the following Local 1000 Executive Board positions: East Coast Rep, Vice President from the U.S.

The nominating committee is charged to ensure that there is at least one nominee for each open position. Nominations are open until the end of call for nominations at the Fall 2020 Local 1000 Membership Meeting. 

If you are interested in running or would like to nominate a candidate, please contact Aaron Fowler at [email protected] 


Nominations Committee Seeking a Chair

We are looking for one member to serve as the chair of the nominating committee. The nominating committee is mandated to seek out candidates for the Local 1000 Executive Board elections each year. Please contact Aaron Fowler you are interested in serving.


Work Dues Equivalency/Solidarity Pledge

Are you signed up for monthly Estimated Work Dues or Solidarity Pledge payments? Learn more here.


Birthday Bunny Anniversary

On August 14, 2010 Debra Cowan made the first Birthday Bunny call, beginning a tradition that carries on to this day. We now have three very dedicated volunteers, Deborah Van Kleef, Tim Van Egmond and Arthur MacGregor who make calls almost every day to our members on their special day. Over the last eleven years, all four of us continue to enjoy the responses from our members when they receive their Birthday Bunny calls. You can read more about the Birthday Bunny calls in the Fall 2010 New Deal https://www.local1000.org/new-dealfall-2010/


Anne Feeney Hellraiser Fund

The Anne Feeney Hell Raiser Fund is a fund fiscally sponsored by the Labor Heritage Foundation that will carry on Anne’s work of constantly passing the torch and lifting up the voices of emerging activist artists. Each year the fund will provide small grants to artists carrying forward Anne Feeney’s rabble rousing legacy. Grants between $500 – 1,000 will be used to support a recording project, subsidize a tour, or support in the creation of original music, theater, or other artwork that comforts the afflicted and afflicts the comfortable. Winners will also receive the right to put “hellraiser” on their business card, just as Anne Feeney did throughout her career. Fill out the form and include up to three links to your work (a video, recordings, visual art, website, social media, etc) in order to apply for the fund.

Application Deadline: August 26th, 2021. Hellraiser Grantees will be announced on Labor Day, 2021.



Folk Alliance Village Fund

Folk Alliance’s Village Fund is still accepting applications for Covid-19 grant assistance.

The Village Fund is designed to provide support for musicians and independent music industry professionals in need. More info at: https://folk.org/resources/the-village-fund/


Canadian Corner


The Canadian government has announced the extension of the CRB benefit to October 23rd. More information available here: https://www.canada.ca/en/revenue-agency/services/benefits/recovery-benefit.html

Fair Trade Music is being expanded. Vice President from Canada Arthur McGregor sent out a mailing to our Canadian members asking for suggestions of venues who would consider or all ready are, being examples of ‘Fair Trade Music’. Please continue with the suggestions. You can contact Arthur at [email protected] 

With the impending re-opening of the Canada-US border, state-side touring will be resuming. If you have questions about performance visas and US travel, feel free to contact Arthur at [email protected] 

Rocked by the realization of the inhumanity of Canada’s residential schools, many of us who are not Indigenous are starting to learn more about this continent’s first inhabitants and what actions we can take toward reconciliation.

Find out more about what settlers can do at https://oncanadaproject.ca/settlerstakeaction.


Member News

Tell us your news! Have you released an album, won an award, been involved in an interesting initiative that you’d like to let people know about?

If you have exciting news to share with Local 1000 members, we want to know. Submit Your News Here!

We’ll include your news in an upcoming Local 1000 e-newsletter, and we’ll post it on our public Local 1000 page at https://www.facebook.com/local1000afm

Local 1000 member Hannah Naiman has released a new single, “Vinegar Pie.” Read more and listen at www.hannahshiranaiman.com

Tom Neilson has released a new single, about Iris Rivera refusing to make the coffee in 1977. Women Employed organized the Coffee Pot protest that led to the 9 to 5 movement. Listen here

August Birthdays

Finally, we would like to wish the following members Happy Birthday! If your birthday falls in August and you don’t see it listed below, or if the date is incorrect, please send an email to our Birthday Bunny, Deborah Van Kleef with your birthdate, current phone number and email address.

Michael Beauchamp

Peter Blood

Tom Breiding

Mariel Buckley

Tesser Call

Edie Carey

Liv Cazzola

Alana Cline

Andy Cohen

Debra Cowan

Miriam Davidson

Cathy Fink

Teilhard Frost

Eve Goldberg

Teresa Healy

Gary Hermus

Ezra Idlet

Stephen Jenkinson

Jamar Jones

John McCutcheon

Donna Nestler

Timothy O’Reilly

Sandy Opatow

Jim Page

Rik Palieri

Braden Phelan

Kalya Ramu

Paul Reisler

Craig Roberts

Chris Vallillo

Ben Whiteley

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