CONTACT: GEORGE MCCRORY
100 Old Public Library
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 384-0012; fax (319) 384-0024
Release: Feb. 5, 2001
UI Labor Center sponsors song contest
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The University of Iowa Labor Center is sponsoring a labor
song contest to mark its 50th year of labor education.
In the tradition of work and union songs by artists such as Woody Guthrie
and Pete Seeger, the Labor Center is sponsoring this contest to celebrate
the union movement and its values. The contest offers a $500 prize and is
open to anyone.
"Rather than sponsor an event or dinner, we wanted to do something
different that represented what we do as labor educators," said Clara
Oleson of the Labor Center. "We hope it will be sung at labor meetings
and gatherings across the state."
Judges include Si Kahn, a renowned labor and folk music composer who is
also involved with grassroots organizing in the fields of civil rights, labor,
voting rights, health care, welfare, and the environment. David Gompper, director
of the Center for New Music at the UI, and Midge Slater of the Communications
Workers of America, will also be judges.
Entries should be submitted on tape or compact disc along with written lyrics
by April 5 to: Midge Slater, Communication Workers of America, 6200 Aurora
Ave. Urbandale, Iowa 50322.
For more information, call (515) 278-5551.