These are the messages that appeared in the aftermath of Julius’s death in August 2009, the most recent are on top.
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I remember talking via phone again to Julius, he was ailing at the time. I was so excited to tell this superstar about the show and how motivated I was to be working with Tanya's spirit… This wasn't the same conversation when I had cried like a baby!
Now with Julius' help that inspirational spirit will never go away.
It's over three months since Julius died. I set this guest book up in August, but due to human error and the innumerable spam messages, we lost much of the guestbook. Fortunately, I am able to restore most of the messages and will be doing so over the next week. This tribute page was set up in memory of Julius and features messages from many people who knew Julius and knew of his dedication to and work for the people of this world.
Here are some of the messages, more to come. Ignore the November date, in most cases, the date of the post is in the text body.
Dear all, today I picked up Julie's ashes. As I sat there waiting for the remains of my comrade and good friend, a feeling of great sadness came over me as I realized again that Julie was really gone. I have known Julius Margolin for over 40 years and can still see his smile, feel his firm handshake and hear that familiar greeting when he entered a room full of friends and comrades, "Hello you beautiful people!" Julius was a beautiful person, a working class hero– a warrior for his class and people. He deserves every honor he gets. He never put down his sword and shield when it came to fighting for working people. He was on the case 24/7 and we all loved him for his honest, total dedication to humanity. He will not be forgotten. Jarvis
Julius, I'll miss you. I'll always remember our many wonderful May Day events together at the Botto House.
We'll keep on carrying it on! In Peace and Solidarity, Carol
I remember Julius in a group discussion about youth organizing. "The CIO was a youth movement!" he said. "We were a bunch of young kids out there." It's been a useful insight. Of course anything Julius was involved in was a youth struggle (he remained the oldest member of the Labor Arts Exchange youth caucus!).
Someone said they saw him deep in conversation with Joe Hill outside a construction site in NY. I'm sure it was true.
I don't have to say any more than others have already said about Julius and his strong spirit in defense of justice and his kind and loving way of going through his life. all I want to say now is thanks for the memories, your friendship and solidarity and know that we now carry your torch and your sword! My sincere sympathies to Flo and Julius' family. And to George– much love and sincere thanks for bringing Julius into our lives.
Oh Julius– your spirit will be missed– so glad to have seen you and George perform on both coasts!
I know you are still singing wherever you are!
I don't k now Julius at all but I have heard of him through close friends. I am saddened that he passed away and just as sad that I didn't get to know this man. Rest in Peace Julius!
It was always a pleasure talking to him at the New York City Central Labor Council Delegate meetings. May he rest in Peace.
When Julius was in the hospital, his wry wit was still with him, even under the difficult circumstances. I brought him one of his caps one night so he could have it near him in case he wanted to wear it– his favorite Merchant Marine cap. I held it up to him– he was already quite tired and kept his eyes closed much of the time, so I asked "Hey Julius, I brought you a hat. Can you read what's on it?"
His reply: "I'm not blind…."
I'm so glad to see these stories and words of tribute to our friend only wish we'd had him a few more years.
In 1999 I worked on the Union Summer project and Julius often accompanied us as we fought to get the union back in at the Rainbow Room, owned by the Cipriani restaurant clan. I'll never forget how one night, some of the Cipriani goons walked a dog down our picket line and let it piss on one of our students' backpacks that was sitting on the ground. When yelling ensued, the goon said something really nasty to the student. I had to physically restrain Julius, who was 83(1) at the time, as he got in the goon's face and it looked like Julius was about to hit him! But Jules gave that scab a hell of a mouthful…
In 1998, when Julius almost died of a blood clot (and before we had started singing/recording together), I wrote him a song that he never would let me sing in public, because he did not want to be heralded in public. He would always say, "You can sing it after I'm dead!" Then Julius wrote a song called "George's Plot of Land" about my upstate camp, where he spent a number of holiday weekends camping with me and our friends, right up until 2006. And I didn't want him singing that song in public– but I offered him a deal. At any concert, I'd let him sing "George's Plot of Land" if he would let me sing "The Ballad of Julie M." He only took me up on the offer once… but now I intend to sing "The Ballad of Julie M." from hereon in most concerts.
I hesitate to write here but there are so many memories of Julius and I think it important to share some with those who will be stopping by here.
He was a sweet, loving and great man, we all know that. He was incredibly generous and hesitant to ever say a negative word about anyone in the movement. But at the same time, he'd freely volunteer that "Bush and Cheney should be tried in an international court of law and hung for their crimes. And I'd gladly pull the rope." That might sound extreme but no doubt both Bush and Cheney deserve that punishment for the hundreds of thousands of deaths they have caused and their crimes against the Constitution.
You are a warm memory to me now. Thank you for inspiring so many and singing your ground. It was truly a privilege to have known you. Rest now brother Julius.
ps When you meet the Big Guy whisper in his ear that his friends down here could use some extra help. lol
I had the privilege of meeting Julius and seeing him perform only this past year. He was a wonderful man and seeing what an impact he has made on this world throughout his life has made a huge impression. His passion and strength teach us that it is never too late to make a difference in this world. I'm sure Julius is up in Heaven organizing an angel's union! Julius will not easily be forgotten!
I first met Julius in NYC– what a dynamic personality and a committed labor activist! I had the honor of seeing him perform in Schenectady a few years ago and he was going strong. Thank you Julie for making this a better world; we will miss you!
We stayed in touch, and I had the pleasure of seeing him and George perform several times. When I first saw him again after many years, I couldn't believe he remembered me. He saw and impressed so many people, but he recognized us all as kindred spirits– the kind of people he wanted in his life and whose lives he helped shape.
Ever since my involvement with The Be-In Festival 10 years ago, I was introduced to a curious old man who sang and played guitar to some of the labor songs I had learned at Camp Kinderland when I was a kid.
Julius Margolin was one of the sweetest gentlemen I ever met, full of life, compassion, conviction and good humor. He always treated me and everyone I knew with a great deal of respect, and he made the Be-In something really special.
I feel lucky to have gotten to know him even a little bit, and that a piece of his life will always be a part of my memories and inspire me to be a fighter, no matter what, for equality and fairness in all things, whether they be labor-related or not.
All my love,
Julius was the bulwark that kept our family together when our mother died at the age of 37. He is in my heart forever.
I loved Julius as family. He had such a beautiful mind and a heart filled with more love than anyone else. He brought joy to those around him or even people who thought of him. I'm only 11 and he'd already impacted my life and I'll always remember him.
An ordinary person who did extraordinary things– the definition of a working class hero, which Julie was to me and so many others. He truly shared his heart, and so it keeps beating…
It was great to meet Julius when he and George visited Fort Collins (CO) in 2003. The two of them stayed up after their show until the wee hours of the morning, singing songs and telling stories with members of "Strength Through Peace" at my house. I'll be grateful if I have half the energy and spark Julius had when I'm in my 80s and 90s. Go in peace, brother.
WE ARE LISTENING TO A TRIBUTE TO A TRIBUTE TO TED KENNEDY. IN SOME WAY MY BROTHER WAS THE SAME FIGHTER FOR THE UNDERPRIVILEGED. HIS FIGHT FOR THE CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT AND LABOR MOVEMENT WAS WELL RECORDED. HIS LOVE OF THE COMMON MAN WAS INSTRUMENTAL IN HIS CONSTANT BATTLE TO FIGHT THOSE FORCES WHO TRIED TO SUPPRESS THE RIGHTS AND PRIVILEGES AFFORD TO THEM BY THE CONSTITUTION. ALL WHO KNEW HIM WILL LOOK FAR AND WIDE TO FIND SOMEONE TO REPLACE HIM. THE FAMILY WILL TRULY MISS UNCLE JULIE… THE IONINS, KAURMAN AND KAHN FAMILY…
I helped with the editing of the movie and met Julius a few times, he even came to visit me here and I felt he was such a brave soul and sweet person. He was one of the last of an incredible era of our history. He was genuine and honest, when his heart and mind were convinced of something he would take action and make a real change but somehow do it with a sweet sense of humor that is rare these days. I hope the new generation can learn from him.
Thanks to George they may.
Julius often stayed with us in Skamania when he and George came to the Northwest. I have many good memories of those visits, like singing songs around a campfire, boating on the Columbia, and having talks about peace and justice. But I'll never forget the look on Julius' face when, following a fire training, I drove up in a fire engine to give him a ride. He said something to the effect that he'd always wanted to ride in one but never got a chance, and he jumped in the truck, and he was happy as a lark. Julius will be missed but never forgotten, and his spirit will live on in all of us who knew him….
A terrible loss of a soldier, a fighter in the class war, struggling for workers, peace and justice. We all stand on the shoulders of those who went before, Julius had his teachers and experiences on which to stand and we have Julius, which means we are ever closer to seeing our way free of the clouds of repression. And we have a legacy of songs to celebrate with when we finally become truly free and equal in a future society that values all human beings, all animals and ecosystems and thus all life.
Peace julius, you have my admiration and pledge to walk a path of resistance through nonviolence, a path of peace.
Thank you for recruiting George Mann, he will carry on your memory, your story and your songs.
Vietnam Veteran/Veterans for Peace
This year the holiday season will not be the same for our family without Julius at our table for Thanksgiving and Christmas. Jules was the best kind of guest: could talk with my kids (now grown), discuss the latest in politics and current events, liked all the food (though he ate like a bird!), charmed other guests. We first met on the Venceremos Brigade in 1973 and Julius has remained one of the Brigade's most enthusiastic and consistent supporters. Love and politics were the bases of our long friendship. He will be missed, and never forgotten by Ann, Bob, Amber, Kendra and John.
Julius's and George's visits to our small, rural Northern California town were beautiful. Small, inspired groups of us who gathered in the old wooden church near downtown will always recall Julius's face, voice and spirit as he and George sang, talked and joked with us. The post-concert gatherings at the home of Scott Miller and Trudy Morgan, featuring Scott's homemade beer and Julius wrapped in a blanket by the outdoor fireplace while kids climbed the trees in the dar, are always alive for us. George, we hope to share this with you again.
Julius we loved and respected you. You were an extraordinary generous spirit and gave so much to our world. I met you first by reputation then by music and then in person. One of the most memorable stories was telling of a spirited 16-year-old Bridgeport woman who stood off a crow of armed company Goons sent to threaten women workers who were protesting on their lunch break. We knew her as a nice old lady on the radio but we didn't know of her heroism as a young woman or the fear and oppression used against workers, many of them women and teenage children.
He was a true friend, a comrade, unpretentious, genuine, hard working and loving.
I met Julius when I saw that they were traveling to the west coast & asked if they needed a place to stay. Meeting Julius and having him stay at my home was so great. Las year I needed a photo I wanted to use for our union. I found a dealer that held the rights in New York & asked for permission. It was a Radical Left Wing type of Bookstore. I cannot remember the name for the life of me. He was a very nice fellow & I asked him if he knew Julius. His reply was "I know Julie well. I've talked to him many times at street fairs and radical functions around New York." WOW- I know 3 people in NY and 2 of them know each other! I want to thank Julius' family for giving us all such a great guy. Thank you, Thank you. Gerry & Pam
When Julius and George would come out to Portland, we would do events together and do song swaps and hang out for awhile; I will always have this wonderful memory of Julius sitting in the captain's chair on our friend Jay's boat, steering it down the Columbia with this big cap on his head and this huge kid in a candy store smile on his face. Here's to you Julius, wherever you are going next, you deserve the best of it.
I have many fond memories of Julius' activism in New York City, often working with my late mother, Margie Albert, organizer for District 65, on the New York labor left, in the peace movement, and so many other arenas of struggle….
What a man, and what a life! I met Julius at the Labor Arts Exchanges in DC. Always friendly and caring. I remember sitting around a campfire with George, my wife Jamie, and a few others, as Julius taught us the "Soup" song. What a time that was!
I don't know if many could say they lived a life as full and accomplished as Julius. I first saw him when he and George sang at an event hosted by the solidarity Notes Labour Choir in New Westminster, B.C., about six years ago. We actually met at the Great labor Arts Exchange in Silver Spring, Maryland, in 2006. Julius and I were in the same workshop and wound up writing part of a song together. I have a book on Paul Robeson from Julius' burgeoning collection. I feel privileged to have known, briefly collaborated and socialized with Julius. I'll miss his vigor and that great Brooklyn accent. Unfortunately I won't be able to be in New York for the memorial service, but I imagine there'll be plenty there, and I'll be there in spirit. Here's to you, Julius. You've left the world a better place.
We always delighted in the impish grin and enthusiastic hugs we were met with anytime we crossed paths with Julius. He was an inspiration to anyone who cared about making a difference in the world. When we saw Julius in the nursing home, we were struck by how deeply kind and loving he was, even in his last days, toward Gloria, the hospice worker who stayed with him until he died, the nurses in the nursing home, and to us, who came to show our caring for him! We sang an African lullaby at his bedside. He was asleep and maybe didn't hear it, but we needed it. We are so thankful to George for his love for Julius and for keeping all of us so close to Julius during these last months and days. May we all live to 93 with the strength and love and conviction of Julius Margolin.
I was privileged to be put up by Julius for a week or so when I was a penniless employee (one of two) of the National Chile Center in New York. I learned a lot from our chats and much appreciated his jazz record collection. An admirable human being who marked my trajectory. John
Julius will live on… his spirit, his dedication, his tenacity and his generosity. My students come to know him vicariously through the wonderful video, but they come to deeply appreciate his life's work. Last year many of my college students wrote to Julius after screening the video… I'm glad we didn't wait. Rest in peace, Julius, the movement carries on.
For Julius– Thank you for enriching our lives through your spirited struggle for justice.
For all those close to him, especially George– Be good to yourself during this difficult time. Remember the joy Julius brought and was. Julius Presente!
For all those in his extended family– Carry it on!
Truly a lovely man, inspiring, dedicated, and kindly. We have been blessed!
"DON'T MOURN… HARMONIZE!!!" Now joined up with Angels Local Union #23!
Julius was an inspiration to us all. He had such a rich life. I'm sorry to see him go — Viva Julius — presente!
It was good to get to know you some when you came to Corvallis Odd Fellows. Life is what happens while we're busy with our other plans and your life was/is an example to us all. Thank you for all you have don…. and for giving us the opportunity to know George Mann. Your presence will be missed but your memory and work goes on…
Julius was an inspiration to us all. He will be sorely missed.
Mac Bica, Coordinator
Veterans for Peace Long Island
Julius– we will not forget you. The struggle continues, strengthened by your example.
Sorry to hear about Julius. I met him at the New York Central Labor Council Meetings and thought he was an absolute treaure of the Labor Movement. It's always a tragedy when we lose our ties to our past. I'll be forwarding the word on Julius and the memorial concert at 1199 in October.
NYC CLC Delegate
Division Chair CMD
TWU Local 100
Singing with Julius in the Chorus was a treat– he was always a dedicated member who set an example, with his ongoing love of life and enthusiasm, that we should not be discouraged or shy away from the struggles for a better world.
Julius brought the recent past alive for us– while recording with Peter, Paul, and Marry… as Mary told the story of some of her father's adventures as a merchant marine, Julius chimed in that he had worked togeher with Mary's father on the ships.
He lived a good and full life– ongoing inspiration to us all– and he will truly be missed.
Julius, I first met you in 1991, here at our union's Liberty Hall, in the company of my late father, Irish International Brigade vet Michael O'Riordan. I thank you for your energy and the warmth of your friendship; and for kindly sending me your video of the unveiling of the Liberty Hall memorial to the Irish dead of Spain– the first-ever film footage we have of our own kids with their grandad. Salud! Manus O'Riordan
It was a privilege knowing you and I will greatly miss you. I will miss your warmth, friendship, activism, and music. I am proud to have been a fellow delegate to the New York City Central Labor Council with you for many years. I am glad that my now 10-year-old daughter had a chance to meet you. I will always remind her of how much you gave to the world in fighting to make it better. You made the world a much better place and your spirit will live on forever.
Julius was ever so modest and humble. He was deeply appreciative of any little something someone would do for him. So warm and loving at each encounter, so delighted to be in the presence of his friends. I feel so blessed to have had the opportunity to be one of his left-coast friends.
Just sending Love to you Julius.
Thank you for touching my life.
For 93 years he made friends and did what he could to leave the world just a little better than it was before him. His life, it seems, was a good one indeed!
Thank you for a lifetime of selfless hard work, working to make the world a better place– a world where the laborers reap the rewards of their toil, the guns of greed may one day be silenced and may we long remember it was you that helped plant the fruit trees in their barrels. The work you have done truly does speak for you… and me… and all of us. Thank you.
Whenever Julius stayed over my house his constant refrain was "How can I help?" You "helped" more than you know by the simple and compassionate way you lived you life. I am proud to call you friend. Thank you for the example of courage and integrity you showed my teenage children. Rest in peace my friend.
A wonderful man who was an example to us all.
Yehi Zichro Baruch.
Julius walked the picket line at the Brooklyn Eagle with Heywood Broun, the founder of The Newspaper Guild, who died in 1939. His fight for social justice to the end should be an inspiration for us all. I was fortunate to have brought my eight-year-old daughter to meet him and see him perform in DC this past spring.
He was a true working class hero. He will be missed.
I never met Julius. He inspired me and lifted my spirits by recorded music with George Mann.
I learned from the "Union Man" CD and gave copies to friends.
Thanks to both for human kindness with music.
I am really glad I was able to record the Soup and Song show in March. Julius will be missed.
Julius was and will always be an American Hero! He's one of my favorites and I am grateful for all the shows he did with me, and George too! I know he's smiling down upon us, and will continue to help all of us in the struggle to regain America! Much love to Julius wherever you are, until wee meet again– Meria
A great loss to us all… and a great inspiration– for how to live a life in the struggle– always hopeful, always learning, always fighting, and always young.
I met Julie workig on "Cotton Comes to Harlen" as a fellow electrician in Local 52 of the IA. He had always been a dear friend everytime we crossed paths. His work for labor and the progressive movement is legendary. His voice will surely be missed.
This was the tribute and thank you we sent to Julius shortly before his death. It will always ring true to us:
Our Dear Friend, Julius…
Thank you so much for
The life you have shared with us.
You have inspired many thousands
To take to the streets and meeting halls
To demand that those with power
Do right by those with little of it.
You are an icon in the
Peace and Justice Movement.
And we are so very proud to know you
And to follow your example of
As you battle your illness,
You should be filled with the joy
Of all you have accomplised
And have shared with us.
Please know that we will always
Be with you, Brother.
Dear Julius performed at the American Labor Museum's May Day Festival every year for the past decade. He never accepted payment for his work. Instead, he purchase something (usually a book) from the museum store and wouldn't take a discount. His generous spirit, loving disposition, devotion to the fight for social justice and belief in the power of the people is second to none. Julius will be loved and remembered by all who knew him. In his honer, the American Labor Museum will henceforth call its annual May Day Festival "The Julius Margolin May Day Festival." He will be sorely missed, but his energy will be forever present.
Hi Julie, I know Geoffrey Fairweather, Percy McRae, Denis Berger and many other chorus members who have passed away are at the gate singing the welcoming song of "Imparadisi" — May we all one day meet imparadisi.
Julie, I too look forward to being part of that chorus. You were an inspiration to the New York City Labor chorus. you knew what it meant to sing real labor songs. Rest in Peace.
There are takers in this world and there are givers. Brother Julius was a giver. He gave love, support and strength to working people everywhere. He gave inspiration and encouragement. He gave songs that were touching and hilarious.
The image of Julius standing in our living room, giving the "gimme, gimme" sign with his hands to get us all to sing along, is one that we will always treasure.
We bid a peaceful rest to our brother Julius, a soup lover, poet, fighter, comrade, and friend. May his memory always be a blessing.
Charlie & Marilyn
It was my great fortune to meet Julius and get to know him and George over the last few years. Julius was at once an inspiration; and such a warm wonderful guy, an immediate friend to me and my wife, Abby. Julius will be missed, his type of fighting spirit is in such short supply and so sorely needed. I will always remember his music, his wonderful performances, and especially his song "I Don't Want to Be A Soldier." What a great human being.
Thanks George for your diligence with updates, etc. and special condolences to you, I know Julius was your dear friend, and you have been so uniquely attentive and helpful to him (and he mostly appreciated it!). You're a good man.
Jules was the effervescent life of the progressive who attended the Central Labor Council meetings in the 80s and 90s. He led the battle to support a resolution at the CLC to condemn apartheid on night– overturning the vote of the Executive Board that morning. Reaction decided that the delegates should never be able to reverse the real leaders and the By Laws were changed. Took away all meaningful delegate involvement as well. Jules Margolin and Sammy Myers– great, passionate union guys. We are all less without them….
Honorable caring human beings. Al too rare…
Without question one of the finest and most interesting men I've ever met, Julius had what I believe to be the two most envious attributes one needs for a happy and productive life: aA great sensitivity to music and a wonderful sense of humor. I only knew him for a rather short time, but I've always been impressed by the fascinating details of his life and the scope of his efforts and achievements on behalf of the most important issues in life. Rest in peace, and long live his memory!
I met Julius when I was 19 when I was a part of Union Summer 1999. His passion and spirit were such an inspiration to someone just entering the labor movement, and throughout the years whenever it seems like the obstacles to a better world are insurmountable, I would think of Julius and that fighting spirit of his. And it always made me feel better. I'm so glad I got to see Julius a number of times over the years since then, and am so glad my wife finally got to meet him as well. We are both saddened yet moved and inspired to keep his spirit alive. Thank you George, for bringing Julius into my life years ago, and for being such a friend to him over the years.
As I sit down to write, I'm at a loss for words. Julius had my heart from the moment I met him in 2004. I was like 17 and he was my GLAE "boyfriend." He became an instant inspiration and that laugh of his… Oh my gosh! I wrote a poem about him and for him a couple of years back that I will post in the days to come. all I can say is that Julius will always remain in my heart and I I know all is hard work is paying off up there! George, thank you for your updates and friendship.
It remains a pleasure to have met and enjoy moments with Julius. He remains an inspiration to us all.
This is a message I sent for Julius some time ago and I'm putting it up for all our friends- Devorah
Dear George, Thank you so much for your very thoughtful message.
Tell Julius for me that what he's fought for all these years is happening– the profit system is on its way OUT. Unions will win and people will get what they deserve. It's an ethical force in history that's working. It's taken a long time– too damn long– but it's working. That what the Aethetic Realism Theatre Co. says in its performances. Wall street (and others) can do all their tricks, stand on their heads, but ethics as a force can't be stopped. I hope that has a good effect on him.
My wife Meg and I will always remember his positivity, humility and sense of humor. I would not see him for months and the first thinh he would ask (after a hearty hello hug) would be "How are Meg and Kevin?" Solid. A stand-up guy with more stories to tell than I would ever have time to hear. Take care, buddy.
Ah, Julius. At least you got to come home from the hospital and have a beer. You will be missed, my friend. You became a mentor the moment I met you. Thanks George, for everything. Thans Wes and Steve for the documentary about him. Julius will live on in all of us.
One of my fondest memories of Julius was the protest in front of Mt. View Senior Living…. because they were canceled without notice (change of management). I'm sure people coming to visit grandparents had second thoughts about Mt. View.
Thank you Jules for all the lessons, the stories, the music, the ideas, the organizing pep talks and the support. You and the fight that you fought for everyone will be sorely missed in this world. Thank you for inspiring several generations of activists how to carry it on!
Goodbye Sweet Julius, I will love you forever. I have known and loved "Julie" as my parents called him all my life. There was no hug in the world that was sweeter. He was just the embodiment of Kindness and Love… unless you were trying to harm the working class and then you would get to him him roar. Love you Love You Love You Sweet Julius.
My wife, Judy, and I were saddened to hear of Julie's passing. I got to know Julie politically in the late 60s and early 70s, and developed a great deal of respect and liking for him. His death is a loss to us all.
As we feel the loss of another extraordinary individual, let his memory and life serve to strengthen our collective resolve.
Julius' memory will always shine as long as we uphold his ideals and keep the music and the struggle going. He was such a mench and will be missed by many. Thanks, George, for your friendship and devotion to this wonderful, one of a kind, working class hero. Bev
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