By monét cooper | Jubilee USA Network
Utah Phillips, activist and folk musician, died Friday May 23, 2008 of congestive heart failure. His daughter Morrigan was a fellow here at Jubilee. Jubilee board member Rita Jankowska-Bradley, in Missoula, Mont., remembers Utah as a man whose message of peace and justice was as big as his heart. Rita worked with Utah to get one of his songs on Jubilee USA’s Break the Chains! CD. Below is the message Rita sent to Nathan and I here at Jubilee:
I am announcing with a heavy heart that our dear friend for the poor and oppressed, Utah Phillips has passed. One of his songs graced the Break the Chains Album.
I just gave an introduction to Mark Ross, who Utah embraced and nurtured. Mark is a folksinger who came to Missoula for a May Day celebration, re-enactment of the free speech fight some 99 years later, which included past and current struggles. I was asked to speak and so I chose Global Empire and Debt as my first topic. I later introduced the Utah Phillips benefit concert.
Not only did Utah give his song to the Break the Chains! CD but also stood against Gulf War I in Butte with all our folks who became the TAPS (Taking Action for Peaceful Solutions) group. I was blessed to know this soul—for the oppressed and those who disobeyed for justice.
Peace and love,
For more on Utah Phillips, check out the Sacramento Bee's remembrance of his 'colorful' legacy and a tribute website.
The Memorial Service for Utah Phillips will be held Sunday, June 1 at 10a.m. in Nevada City Little League Park in Pioneer, Nevada city, Utah.