Paulette Meier | The Race to the Bottom

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The Race to the Bottom

by Paulette Meier

A bluesy protest song, written to decry the privatization of public sector jobs and the attack on public employee unions in statehouses around the country. The lyrics depict the negative effect on four different workers and the services they provide.
Genre: Blues: Jazzy Blues
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Paulette Meier is a long time singer for peace, social justice, and sustainable living. In the tradition of Pete Seeger and Holly Near, she has led people in song at many gatherings over the years, helping to lift spirits, heal hearts, and unify voices crying out for the common good. Currently, Paulette sings with the other two performers on this song, Jamie Fota and Len Webb, in Cincinnati with their group called "Just Earth." Len Webb arranged and played all the instrumentation for "The Race to the Bottom." A music video of the song can be seen at:
For her day job now, Paulette works as a teaching assistant in the Cincinnati Public Schools and is a member of AFSCME Council 8, Local 232. She sees every day the negative effect of budget cutting in the schools and the “dumbing down” of America’s children, with standardized test preparation replacing time spent on teaching social studies, so important to developing future critical thinkers and leaders in a democracy. As a former teacher, Paulette has seen the positive influence teachers' unions have had in holding down class size and insuring that children have the help they need. With this song, Paulette expresses her outrage at the passage of SB 5 in Ohio , Gov. Kasich's bill to eliminate teachers' ability to collectively bargain in these matters and at the brazen attack on public sector workers while filling the pockets of corporate interests.
Paulette has two full length CDs available for different audiences. While working as a social-emotional learning specialist in schools, Paulette released an award winning CD of original songs to help children handle conflicts non-violently. (Come Join the Circle: LessonSongs for Peacemaking.) The CD is in its 8th edition and is still being sold to families and schools throughout the country, including at the United Nation Bookstore in NY. An active Quaker, she recently released with Quaker Press a collection of quotations she put to song from early Friends’ writings, Timeless Quaker Wisdom in Plainsong.



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