If you’ve ever watched Shrek or been to an open mic night, you’ve heard the poetry of Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah.
We hope that opening verses Cohen’s Everybody Knows don’t become a memorial to the fight of honest, hard-working people in Jackson County.
Everybody knows that the dice are loaded
Everybody rolls with their fingers crossed
Everybody knows that the war is over
Everybody knows the good guys lost
Everybody knows the fight was fixed
The poor stay poor, the rich get rich
That’s how it goes
Everybody knows that the boat is leaking
Everybody knows that the captain lied
Everybody got this broken feeling
Everybody knows the deal is rotten
Cohen summarizes nicely: you all received signed letters from the captain showing the contributions to your pension plan, yet not one court will call on him to explain his signature at the bottom of those glossy pages. Yet you will be expected to bear the burden with absolutely no answers. The perpetrators won’t even have to face a single tough question.
The next days and weeks will prove to be the most important and definitive of the struggle for truth and justice. It is time to man the watchtowers. It is time sound the clarion call and ring the bells.
The hue and cry, an ancient and long-abandoned protocol, has been revived in the internet age. We ask that you use all available methods: Facebook, e-mail, telephone calls, text messages, postcards, carrier pigeons, smoke signals and drum beats to get out the word. Do not relent, do not fear, for truth is on your side. Keep it up until the perpetrators are apprehended and called to account.