This Land's Still OUR Land

Dear Reader: Here I go - again - writing new lyrics to old songs (this time, "This Land Is Your Land"). For those wanting posts on mechanics of fundraising and organizing, stay tuned...more of those to come!    Lisa Arnold

They trampled our land, marked it with their brand
From California to the New York Island
From the Keystone Pipeline to the gulf stream waters
Our land was raided by BP, et al.

We loaned, banks gambled, they got us in debt.
Now folks want to shred our social safety net:
Programs for disabled, poor, and elderly
Even Social Security.

As I was walking, I saw some signs there.
They said, “No free trade!” and “I need health care!”
“Support our unions!” and “I’m a millionaire….”
“…Tax me so I pay my fair share!”

Ninety-Nine Percenters, whose jobs went overseas,
Stuck with bad insurance, rising gas costs, bank fees,
They're unifying and occupying.
This land was made for you and me.

In the squares of the city, coffee shops and diners…
At farmers’ markets, are petition signers,
Unions members, voters, protesters steadfastly
Taking back our democracy.