On Friday last week one of the songs playing through the speakers as we picketed for public education was Sunday Bloody Sunday by U2. The song reminds us of the massacre that happened on 30 January 1972 in the Bogside area of Derry in Northern Ireland when British soldiers shot 28 unarmed civilians during a protest march against internment. It is a fitting song, I think, to play during a teacher protest against government cuts to education.
Hearing this song also brings me back to my adolescence when I used to play this track at full blast and sing along to the guitars whenever I played the album. Sunday Bloody Sunday is a song that deserves to be played out loud as it expresses pent-up emotions and the fight against those who oppress.
This morning all teachers go to work and wait for the email that will tell us what the next step in our protest will be. The question we ask is whether we will continue playing this song …
Which protest song have you heard recently?
© Colline Kook-Chun, 2020