1. One Day Occupy L.A.

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    from Alessandro Cima / Added

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    I went down to the demonstration to make a film. I liked the people there. They were very focused and happy. They were talking, explaining, arguing, educating, dancing, singing, playing, making signs, painting, photographing. Some of them made speeches at the microphone. Some read poems. There were lots of cameras. The music and words in this film are by Tom Morello (http://nightwatchmanmusic.com), former Rage Against the Machine guitarist. He sings his own 'Maximum Firepower' and Woody Guthrie's 'This Land is Your Land.' The mood at City Hall was high energy and cheerful. The underlying anger and frustration of the movement seemed to be moving through a positive channel. It was exciting but also comfortable there because of the people and their open attitudes. The Los Angeles police headquarters is directly across the street from the protest grounds. That's where I began shooting my film - right into the windows of police headquarters. Several squad cars drove up First Street, but there was not a single cop anywhere near the protest area. The crowd is organized and respectful, but also very serious about its messages which are various and multifaceted. The city has taken a protective stance over its protesters. I'm very proud of Los Angeles for this. Occupy Los Angeles is one of the spreading protests coming out of the Occupy Wall Street protest in New York. Hopefully, the incredible momentum of the movement will continue and be heard very clearly across the country and the world. The simple messages that I get from the protests are that government cannot function while it is under the control and influence of corporations. The economy cannot function properly while corporations and their extremely wealthy owners are allowed to operate without oversight and control. The country cannot pave its roads or build its schools or house its people while corporations and the wealthy play with money that is nearly tax-free, removing it entirely from the real world economy. The country cannot function as a democracy while its politicians and Supreme Court justices are working for corporations. The country cannot be free while racism and bigotry are increasingly seen as legitimate reactions to change. The country cannot be secure while corporations are given the power to run wars and people's basic privacy rights are removed. That's what I see in the Occupy movement. If every city in the U.S. could have as fine an Occupy movement as Los Angeles, they would be very lucky indeed.

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    • Voices of Oklahoma

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      PRESERVING OKLAHOMA'S HERITAGE ONE VOICE AT A TIME Voices of Oklahoma.com is dedicated to the preservation of the oral history of Oklahoma. Voices and stories of famous Oklahomans and ordinary citizens are captured forever in their own words. Oil and gas, ranching, politics, education and more are all visited in these far-ranging interviews. Students researching any of these areas can listen to first-person accounts of the way life was and draw from knowledge that may guide and shape their future. In addition to students, any visitor will feel close to history as they listen to these personal reflections. As many of these people listened to the radio years ago, we invite yout to sit back in your chair and listen to stories that will be preserved beyond our lifetime thanks to today’s technology.

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      • Izzy Doveburd

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        Folksinger and yodeler Izzy Doveburd at the Woody Guthrie Appreciation Concert, Saturday, Sept. 17, 2011 at the Old Manse in Concord, Mass.

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        • Danielle Lebeau-Petersen - California Stars (Wilco/Billy Bragg)

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          Danielle Lebeau-Petersen and Hugo Joyal perform California Stars at Studio Home Sweet Home. More videos at www.StudioHomeSweetHome.com Lyrics : Woody Guthrie Music : Wilco/Billy Bragg

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          • Bill Mcilwain - Folksongs

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            • Pretty Boy Floyd

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              My first try at animation - mostly rotoscoped using pilfered footage. I'm playing a fretless long-neck banjo, tuned eBEG#B.

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              • Spirit Family Reunion - Woody Guthrie

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                • Mermaid's Avenue - B Willing James

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                  In honor of Woody Guthrie's 99th birthday.. the words of Mermaid's Avenue with original music. In the spirit of Woody, some of the chorus melody is borrowed from the song Permanent by songwriter Joey Ryan of the Milk Carton Kids. http://bwillingjames.com http://woodyguthrie.org http://themilkcartonkids.com

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                  • Who Owns John Henry?

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                    Made for and inspired by Kirby Ferguson: http://www.everythingisaremix.info/

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                    • Words and Music (Woody Guthrie festival)

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                      from Rusty Muns / Added

                      A mini-documentary about the 2007 Woody Guthrie Folk Festival at Okemah, Oklahoma.

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