NY Senate honors Peter Seeger

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The state Senate today was set to pass a resolution today in honor of famed singer Peter Seeger, a Dutchess County native who died a week ago at age 94.

“Armed with a humanistic spirit and imbued with a sense of compassion, courage, and humility, Pete Seeger leaves behind a legacy of outspoken activism for civil rights, social justice, peace, and awareness for our environment by inspiring generations to believe that they can change the world by speaking out about the state of affairs in the world, and using grassroots activism to make extraordinary accomplishments,” part of the resolution states.

Here’s the resolution:

Seeger Resolution by jspector

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  1. They forgot this paragraph:

    WHEREAS, in 1942 Seeger formally joined the Communist Party. A staunch defender of the Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin, he saw himself as one of the Party’s “artists in uniform” whose activism was rooted in the notion that “songs are weapons.” In 1956 Seeger was indicted for contempt of Congress. Throughout the 1950’s and 1960’s, Seeger called for peace, peaceful co-existence between the United States and the Soviet Union, singing songs like Put My Name Down, Brother, Where Do I Sign? — a ballad in favor of the Soviet Union’s phony international peace petition that favored unilateral disarmament by the West while leaving the Soviet atomic stockpile intact. He would sing and give his support to peace rallies and marches covertly sponsored by the Soviet Union and its Western front groups and dupes — while leaving his political criticism only for the United States and its defensive actions during the Cold War.