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Weekend Playlist: To Honor Our Labor

By Sophie Day in Arts & Entertainment on Aug 30, 2014 3:30PM

Photo by B.C. Lorio

Yet another weekend, folks, yet another weekend. But this weekend is special though, and we needed music to match. Labor Day. For most of us, it's synonymous with the end of summer, an extra day off, maybe the start of a vacation. We often forget what this holiday is for.

The first Labor Day was celebrated in New York City in 1882 to acknowledge the accomplishments of the American Labor Movement and the many contributions that workers all around the country make every day. This year, we have seen a host of articles about workers' concerns. We saw strikes across the nation for higher wages.

Funny or Die has even joined in the battle cry, releasing a video starring Kristen Bell as Mary Poppins demanding better wages, and a video with Christina Hendricks in a new office pointing out the absurdity of workplace sexism.

Each and every song this weekend speaks, in many different voices, to the experience of those who work and have worked in America. Let's make a point to remember them on this long weekend.

NOTE: The playlist is on Spotify this weekend because I couldn't get enough of my songs on SoundCloud. I even had one song that couldn't be found on either but was absolutely worth sharing!