by Timothy Rutt
Some local anti-Walmart Neighborhood Market activists have posted a video on Youtube that brings back that old tradition, the protest song.
"Waltadena," written and performed by Alta-troubador and perennial Coffee Gallery host Duane Thorin, shows local familiar local scenes that frame Thorin's lament about the conflict between small businesses and the big corporations.
In the explanation of the video, it says, "Altadena just may fight back...this video has been created to both warn, and to inspire small town residents across America to assert their rights to protect their way of life. The Supreme court says that corporations are people, but Altadenans are people as well, and are petitioning as this film is made to ask that the law apply equally to all. "
The video was directed by Jules Dervaes and recording engineer was Altadenan Bo Astrup.
UPDATE: Duane tells us he hasn't hosted at the Coffee Gallery in about a year -- we need to get out more!