By Laurel Sefton MacDowell
and marched to the American Embassy in Vancouver to protest the incident.
To register their indignation in a satisfying way, the union hooked up a device so that by long distance telephone Robeson was able to sing and speak to the delegates for seventeen minutes the next day from the Marine Cooks and Stewards' Hall in Seattle. He sang the old union song about the Wobbly martyr Joe Hill and told the convention that his government was keeping him confined under "a sort of domestic
The convention approved Mine Mill leader Harvey Murphy's suggestion, that a spring concert at the "Peace Arch" be held to condemn the actions of the State Department. That May, with the FBI and the RCMP present, the union presented the first of four Robeson concerts at the Peace Arch on the Canada/US border in Blaine, Washington.
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