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against republican governor scott walker. ♪ as i was walking that ribbon of highway ♪ >> tom morello has performed "this land is your land" and his own songs at occupy wall street protests from california to the new york island. ♪ for you and me let's march and sing! ♪ this land is your land this land is my land ♪ >> he was here in new york at the may day demonstrations, an honorary commander of a battalion of musicians they called the occupy guitarmy. ♪ are you going to stand around or are you going to be free? ♪ sing! >> that same night, harry belafonte presented him with the officers' award from the sidney hillman foundation honoring his "advocacy for and support of working people across the world." this week he's in chicago, singing for the nurses' union, and their protest calling for wall street accountability. tom morello, welcome. >> thanks very much. >> so at all these protests, what's your message? >> my message there is -- what my job is as a -- i didn't choose to be a guitar player. that's something that was a calling. that was something that felt like it was chosen
who are the most angry at those walkers seem to be kind of social darwinists, you know, post-rand fountain head atlas shrugged kind of characters who see these foaming hordes of alien critters coming in here. you know, the truth is that the entrance exam is so stringent and so incredibly brutal that the people who do make it here, i think, have proven themselves to have mettle and to have vision and strength and the kind of discipline that's hard for us to even imagine. >> many who don't get here, out of the 26 who went along the devil's highway in your book, only 12 came out. it still grips me as to why these men would endure this inferno, temperature, you're right, at midnight is 97 degrees. to come to this country to do stoop labor. >> people don't know that these folks are often recruited. these guys were -- most of them had small plot coffee, traditional little coffee stands in the hills their family had passed down. and they could augment their work with coffee and coffee prices took a dive. the mexican economy took a dive. one of the men was a bottler at a pepsi-cola plant.
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