If Your Enemies Are Social Workers, EMTs and File Clerks, Your Enemy Is Everyone

Abby Zimet

For Wisconsin, a stirring song and video by union activist Matthew Grimm.

Look at all those people out there in the cold
With a single voice like thunder from the skies
It's as if no one listened when they spoke in indoor voices
Like they lacked the graft or lobbyists to be heard otherwise
You call them malcontents and radicals and troublemaking scum
Who should just grow up and learn life isn't fair
Except they're mothers and they're fathers and they're students and they're workers
All with better things to do than ask for what's already theirs


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If your enemies are social workers, EMTs and file clerks
If your enemies are librarians and road crews
If your enemy is everyone who works every day instead of
Gaming debts and savings of people who do
If your enemies drive buses and plow frozen highways,
Fix bridges and make the cities run
If your enemies are firefighters, teachers and nurses
Your enemy is everyone

If your enemies are social workers, EMTs and file clerks

Look at all those people struggling to survive the toxic jungle
Your corporate lords have made of the Earth
They write your policies and ads, tell us fortune favors predators
Who then presume to dictate what our labor’s worth
You call us parasites and looters and, god forbid, progressives, Who should
learn our place and that life isn’t fair Yet making
life fair’s kind of the point of a society
And maybe till it is we won’t be going anywhere

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