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Friday, August 29, 2008

SEIU's Rock Concert to Take Back Labor Day at RNC

SEIU's Rock Concert to Take Back Labor Day at RNC

ST. PAUL, Minn., Aug. 29 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Service Employees International Union's (SEIU) will hold their first Take Back Labor Day Festival September 1st, at the foot of the Republican National Convention. The festival will celebrate workers and promote a new vision for the 21st Century.

Events begin at noon at Harriet Island Regional Park with a family area and other activities. The concert, from 3-7 p.m., will feature The Pharcyde, Mos Def, Steve Earle, Allison Moorer, Atmosphere, Billy Bragg, and Tom Morello & friends. SEIU leaders Andy Stern and Anna Burger, progressive syndicated talk show host Thom Hartmann, and others.

There will be a 2 p.m. press conference with performers and SEIU members and leaders who will be available for interviews until 3 p.m.

Tickets are available for $10 through Ticketmaster or on site the day of the concert for $15.

Go to for updated information.

About the Artists:

-- Allison Moorer is an Academy Award and Grammy Award nominated singer
songwriter whose 2008 album, Mockingbird, was released to critical

-- Atmosphere is a Minneapolis Hip-Hop duo. Their recently released album

is, When Life Gives You Lemons, You Paint That Shit Gold.

-- Billy Bragg, a British rocker and Grammy-nominated folk musician set
new music to unrecorded Woody Guthrie lyrics, recorded with Wilco.

-- Mos Def is an actor and Grammy-nominated musician most recently seen
alongside Jack Black in the film, Be Kind Rewind. With 5 rap albums,
he is renowned for popularizing Hip-Hop that stresses socially
conscious themes.

-- Steve Earle's Washington Square Serenade in 2007 earned him his second

Grammy Award. He hosts the Sirius Satellite Radio program Hardcore
Troubadour Radio, and was featured in HBO's, The Wire.

-- Tom Morello recently spent a day as a child care provider working with

SEIU members. He appears with Bruce Springsteen on a new live EP
performing "Ghost of Tom Joad." His solo album, The Fabled City, will

be released this September.

-- The Pharcyde is a legendary alternative rap collective from Los
Angeles. This performance will feature all the original members:
Imani, Slimkid3, Bootie Brown, and Fatlip.

With 2 million members in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico, SEIU is the fastest-growing union in the Americas. Focused on uniting workers in healthcare, public services and property services, SEIU members are winning better wages, healthcare and more secure jobs for our communities, while uniting their strength with their counterparts around the world to help ensure that workers, not just corporations and CEOs, benefit from today's global economy.

Source: Service Employees International Union

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