St. Patrick’s Day

I speak for no others,

only for myself.

For me, this day has

nothing to do with

green beer or

green rivers or

green clothing,

this day has nothing to do with

pinching me or kissing me;

my bad jokes aside,

this day has nothing to do even with Jameson.

Today is a day

to remember oppression

to honor resistance

to recognize that, despite the efforts of

systems of race and racialization

to separate us,

struggles for dignity and justice,

freedom and equality,

human rights and humanity

are inseparably linked:

none of us are free until all of us are free.

for that reason, in that spirit, and in my own fashion,

I mark this day, and each 17th of March.

Happy St. Patrick’s Day.

Fitzgerald, from County Cork, on my mother’s side


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A prayer about steps

We rejoice with all your beloved children

who took their first steps today;

may their families and friends

love, nurture, and protect them;

may we create a society

in which they are cared for well.

We remember all your beloved children

who took their final steps today;

may they already be received into your nearer presence

where pain is no more and all tears are wiped away;

may those who mourn receive comfort and support

as they walk this shadowed valley.

We pray in the name of your Beloved Child Jesus,

the itinerant preacher who proclaimed and lived your love.


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10 March 2023

Harriet Tubman.
March up Fifth – Eileen Ivers
Always in My Head – Indi.Arie
Universal Soldier – Buffy Sainte-Marie
No More – Fawn Wood
Streets of London – Mary Hopkin
The Holy Ground – Mary Black
Swing Low, Sweet Chariot – Joan Baez
Follow the Drinking Gourd – Taj Mahal
Steal Away – The Princely Players
The Ballad of Harriet Tubman – Magpie
Go Down, Moses – Paul Robeson
Harriet Tubman – Holly Near
Harriet Tubman/Steal Away – Kin & Reggie Harris
Stand Up – Cynthia Erivo

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9 March 2023

Bobby Sands birthday,
Bobby Sans MP – Black 47
Ballad of Bonny Sands – The Irish Brigade
Bobby Sands – Claymore
Bobby Sands – Gerard MacCuinneagain
Song for Marcella – Eimhear Ni Ghlacain
Four Green Fields – The Molly Maguires
The Hills of Ireland – Celtic Woman
Sor Mo Chroi – The Chieftains with Bonnie Raitt
Bloody Sunday – Cruachan
Fields of Athenry – Dropkick Murphys
Dear Irish Boy – Eileen Ivers
Long Journey Home – Elvis Costello with Anuna
Irish Soldier Boy – Paddy Reilly
Back Home in Derry – Helena Ward
Song for Ireland – Mary Black
The Parting Glass – Shaun Davey
Daughters and Sons – Tommy Sands

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8 March 2023

International Women’s Day
One Woman: A Song for UN Women
Gentle Rebellion – Rebecca Riots
Compassion – Magdalen Hsu-Li
Feel Like A Natural Woman – Carole King
Respect – Aretha Franklin
Transgender Dysphoria Blues – Against Me!
Born This Way – Lady Gaga
Break the Change – One Billion Rising
Walk Beside Me – Celtic Woman
I Will Not Be Denied – Bonnie Raitt
Motherland – Natalie Merchant
Run the World – Beyonce
Blackbird – Emma Stevens
I AM WOMAN – Emmy Meil
And We Can Love (World) – Mary Youngblood
Ella’s Song – Sweet Honey In the Rock
Imagine – Eva Cassidy
Find Your Way – Adina Nyree
I Am a Woman – Ruby Hunter
I Am Her – Shea Diamond
Warrior Heart – Sjawmee
All That You Have Is Your Soul – Tracy Chapman
Brave New World – Sera
Crowded Table – The Highwomen

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6 March 2023

Undercover – MILCK
Jimmy Mack – Martha Reeves & The Vandellas
Take My Hand, Precious Lord – Mahalia Jackson
Highwomen – The Highwomen
Push Up On Me – Rihanna
Carnival – Natalie Merchant
Resentment – Beyonce
Just Like A Woman – Judy Collins
Tre Sarr Te Chuni Lali – Shazia Manzoor
Black & White – Sara McLachlan
How Love Blows Through the Trees – Joy Harjo
Climbing Higher Mountains – Aretha Franklin
Good Woman Down – Mary J. Blige
Someone Who Believes in You – Carole King

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5 March 2023

The First Time I Ever Say Your Face – Roberta Flack
Once Upon a Time – Mary Wells & Marvin Gaye
I Want to Be Evil – Eartha Kitt & Henri Rene
Together Forever – Dolly Parton
Bunch of Keys – Eileen Ivers
Love and Affection – Joan Armatrading
Everything – Magdalen Hsu-Li
Babelogue – Patti Smith Group
One Way Donkey Ride – Mary Black
ROOF – Jessie Reyez
Mercedes Benz – Janis Joplin
A Winter Dream – Nitansis “Kit” Largo
Shatter Me – Melissa Ferrick
Angels – Nanci Griffith
Indigenous – J25
I Am a Wanderer – Joan Baez
Laura – Scissor Sisters
Miss Clara Remembers – Enya

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3 March 2023

Daybreak in Alabama – Audra McDonald
Never Gonna Be the Same – Camila Cabello
Let My Name Be Sorrow – Mary Hopkin
Rosie – Joan Armatrading
Freakum Dress – Beyonce
Soldier Blue – Buffy Sainte-Marie
Gentle Breeze – Eileen Ivers
Lite a Flam – Laura Nyro
The Morning Will Come – Jennifer Chung
Edge of America – Annie Humphrey
DEAF – Jessie Reyez
Shame on You – Indigo Girls
Live at the Five and Dime – Nanci Griffith
Space Monkey – Patti Smith Group
Eternal Flame – Susana Hoffs

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4 March 2023

Miriam Makeba Birthday. All songs by Miriam Makeba.
Africa Is Where My Heart Lies
Pata Pata 2000
Kwazulu (In The Land Of The Zulus)
Nongqongqo (To Those We Love)
Khawuleza (Hurry Mama Hurry!)
The Click Song
Iya Guduza
Lakutshn Ilanga
Pole Mze
Le Fleuve
The Retreat Song

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2 March 2023

Bakit Labis Kitang Mahal – Lea Salonga
Mama’s Hand – Hazel Dickens
A Little Game of Tennis – Carol Channing
Mo Chile Mear – Celtic Woman
Dulaman – Mairead Ni Mhaonaigh
Together Again – Janet Jackson
Gnawin’ On It – Bonnie Raitt
Certainly Lord – Mary D. Williams
Hard Wired – Tracy Chapman
Midnight Train to Georgia – Gladys Knight & The Pips
Vegas – Tennis
Little Green – Joni Mitchell
Sit Still, Look Pretty – Daya
All I Wanna Do – Sheryl Crow
Us – Ruby Ibarra
I Have Lost My Dreams – Dar Williams

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