Spirit Of 1848 Awards Submissions: Short Videos, Songs, And Chants

The Spirit of 1848, a caucus in affiliation with the American Public Health Association, is calling for submissions for its Spirit of 1848 Awards for Best Short Video, Song, and Chant linking social justice and public health.

Winning entries will be included in our program for the 142nd annual meeting of the American Public Health Association (APHA; New Orleans, LA; November 15-19, 2014).

In 1912, after the victory of the Lawrence textile mill strike led by the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW), Ray Stannard Baker, a progressive US journalist published an article in which he commented on the inspiring use of song to keep up the spirits, unite, and educate the workers and community members, largely immigrants from many different European countries, about the strike issues and the broader struggle for social justice – and he wrote:

"Beware that movement," said a wise Frenchman, "which generates its own songs"

Building on our rich traditions in labor, civil rights and grassroots organizing on so many different issues (e.g., economic & racial justice, environmental & climate justice, health & human rights, reproductive rights, Indigenous rights, occupational health, LGBT health, & universal health care, to name just a few), we need our own songs now to advance the ongoing work, in our generation, for social justice & public health!

And so, in the Spirit of 1848 and the spirit of the 1912 Lawrence strike, we invite you to submit a SONG, CHANT, OR SHORT VIDEO (up to 5 minutes in length) that provocatively illuminates the issues and can stir up action! We especially encourage submissions that use humor and satire, and are sharp, rousing, and inspiring! There are cash prizes for the winners, and the winning entries and honorable mentions will be shown in our 20th anniversary session in New Orleans!!

Deadline for Entry: April 30, 2014
Prizes: Short Video: $300; Song: $175; Chant: $25

For more information and online entry instructions: