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Indonesian Activist Hip-Hop Band Homicide Headed by Heri 'Ucok' Sutresna

AUG 27, 2013 - The Jakarta Post has a great article up by Prodita Sabarini on Indonesian activist-musician Heri "Ucok" Sutresna and his work as the band "Homicide". His band, which is in the midst of dissolving and Heri is pursuing solo work, sang against dictatorship, military violence, consumerism and more. The interview delves into his pursuit of opening a progressive bookstore in Indonesia, and how he got involved in activism, politics and music. Listen to a track from Homicide titled, "Puritan God-Blessed Fascists" here; and check out the interview on The Jakarta Post here.  (photo credit: JP/Prodita Sabarini)

Women Arab Singers Sing On For Hayy Music Festival Despite Unrest In Egypt

AUG 27, 2013 - Despite the massive unrest currently in Egypt, the Hayy Music Festival that features women Arab singers, poets, puppeteers and more, was held on July 18 through August 2, 2013 by Al-Mawred Al-Thaqafy (Cultural Resource); a Cairo-based non-profit encouraging diversity and cultural exchange between Arab countries. This year's festival featured women singers from many different countries; such as Morocco, Algeria, Iran, Tunisia, Syria, Spain and more. They sang Palestinian folk songs, classical Arab music and even some pop and rock. Read about all these exciting women singers and the festival on Ahram.org here, and also check out the Al-Mawred's website here. Watch this great music video and awesome song "You" from one of the performers, Moroccan Khansa Batma " below with Unia. Watch the video all the way to the end! Great ending!

Jumaane Williams Goes From Hip Hop Videos to New York City Council

AUG 27, 2013 - Activist, actor, Tech Grad and now the New York City Council. Jumaane Williams, whose art is acting and appeared in several Hip Hop music videos, has always been involved in his community and his activism. From addressing the problem of affordable housing in New York City, to the un-Constitutional and racist "Stop and Frisk" policy that overwhelmingly targets inner-city blacks and Hispanics; he has been out there on the front lines fighting the good fight. Mr. Williams is a Native Brooklyn, and early on appeared in Hip Hop music videos for EPMD and Solo; and in 2009 he got elected to the New York City Council as a Democrat that represents Flatbush, East Flatbush, Flatlands and parts of Midwood and Canarsie. Mr. Williams helped shepherde two bills that reined in the "Stop and Frisk" policy. Check out his City Council page here, and read more about him on NYDailyNews.com here.  (photo credit: council.nyc.gov)

Is Miley Cyrus Overcompensating to Distance Herself from Hannah Montana?

AUG 26, 2013 - Miley Cyrus has made waves following her very sexually suggestive "dance" with Robin Thicke on the VMA awards show last night, where she bent over and Thicke proceeded to "dance with her". Many celebrities thought it was inappropriate given that many young kids were watching, and this is not healthy for them to watch. Bill Maher Tweeted, "Watching VMAs. Haven't been to a strip club in a while, good to see nothing has changed." Many believe the radical haircut she got months back and this very lewd performance is her overcompensating in an attempt to distance herself from the wholesome look of Hannah Montana, and how she now wants to be a totally different artist centered around dance club music. Read more on this at NYDailyNews.com. What do you think of her and Thicke's performance? Leave a comment on our Justice Through Music Facebook page.

JTMP Green: Book "Energy" Details Energy Predicament, Problems and Solutions

AUG 26, 2013 - JTMP has been wroking hard with Americans Against FrackingEnergy-Reality.org and others to fight Fracking, and this gave us a chance to check out the great new book "Energy" this weekend put out by the Post Carbon Institute and Watershed Media; and we are impressed by this coffee-table tome. The pictures are breathtaking and stunning, and the format and content of the book is top-notch and keeps you engaged and enraged; yet the writers do take the time to point towards a better future for us and the Earth when it comes to our energy needs. READ MORE ON JTMP GREEN HERE.

Roger Waters Writes Open Letter To Fellow Musicians: "Stand With Me and Boycott Israel"

AUG 24, 2013 - Activist-musician Roger Waters of Pink Floyd fame has written an open letter to fellow musicians asking them to stand with him and boycott Israel for the Apartheid-type treatment of Palestinians living in the West Bank. Their lives are totally disrupted as a result of Israel's illegal and hostile takeover of native lands for their "settlements". In the letter Waters touches on a lot of subjects. He mentions the Trayvon Martin shooting and how he applauds Stevie Wonder for taking a stand against Florida's "Stand Your Ground" law and his call to boycott Florida. Waters explains how for the past 8 years he has been part of BDS, or Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions, "a non-violent movement to oppose Israel's occupation of the West Bank and violations of international law and Palestinian human rights". He has pronounced they have found Israel guilty, "independently, by international human rights organizations, UN officials, and the International Court of Justice, of serious breach of International law."

Roger Waters states the obvious, that our governments and the United Nations are unable or unwilling to act, so "it falls to civil society and conscientious citizens of the world, to dust off our consciences, shoulder our responsibilities, and act." Read the whole letter on ElectronicIntifada.com here. What do you think? Leave a comment or start a conversation on our Justice Through Music Facebook Page.  (photo credit: Takver/CC)

Linda Ronstadt Discloses Her Fight With Parkinson's Disease

AUG 24, 2013 - Linda Ronstadt opened up publicly that she has been fighting Parkinson's disease for over 8 years, and it has taken away her ability to sing. Linda Ronstadt was a huge icon in the 1970s as a solo vocal performer selling tons of albums and tickets. About 8 years ago she noticed trembling in her hands, and then it eventually affected her vocal chords. She finally saw a neurologist who diagnose her with Parkinson's disease, and she was shocked. I remember rockin' out to Linda's albums as a teenager, cranking up her version of "When Will I Be Loved" and other great songs. JTMP wishes her good health and long life. You can read the interview on AARP.com here.  (photo credit: Carl Lender/CC)

Ke$ha Sends Her Fabulous Dancers to Counter Westboro Baptist Church Haters

AUG 22, 2012 - Responding to the hateful Westboro Baptist Church rally at her Lincoln, Nebraska concert back on August 18, 2013, popular artist Ke$ha sent her dancers to perform fabulous dance moves and love to counter the hate from WBC. Unfortunately, WBC had their awful parody of Ke$ha's song, "We R Who We R" in the background where they changed the lyrics. Listen to the real Ke$ha song here. Sienna Stylish on YouTube posted this video of the event below. What do you think? Leave a comment or start a conversation on our Justice Through Music Facebook Page.  (photo credit: Becky Sullivan/CC)

Louise Mosrie - "Battle of Blair Mountain"

August 19, 2013 - After posting about the oft forgotten battles (literally!) for worker's rights at the turn of the century in this country, a JTMP supporter passed on this great song about the struggles in the song, "Battle of Blair Mountain", played by Louise Mosrie. Great stuff....watch her perform it live below.

What do you think? Start a conversation or leave a comment on our Justice Through Music Facebook Page.

America's Hidden History of Battling for Worker's Rights


(Photo: company thugs - 1912 - credit: Charleston Gazette)

August 18, 2013 - Watching one of my favorite shows "Diggers" last night, I was reminded of the actual battles for worker's rights, including guns and all, that took place in this country at the turn of the century. With the Republicans lately attacking unions and eroding worker's rights, I thought I would blog about a hidden history of the United States; something you don't find in any textbooks. They never taught me this when I went to public school. 

In our Industrial Age in the 1800s coal miners were horribly exploited even to the point of "company scrip", where workers would get tokens for pay, and be forced to buy only from the company store. Misery and death ruled their lives; from poor working conditions, long hours, death and disease from "black lung", and very low pay while Robber Barons lived in the lap of luxury. Around 1910 the workers had had enough, and started to form unions demanding better pay and better working conditions. Coal companies responded by firing union-sympathizing workers, blacklisting them, evicting from their homes, and even hiring armed thugs who would beat, intimidate and even murder workers trying to organize. The coal companies would bribe government officials to arrest union-sympathizers on flimsy charges and to hire these squads of well-armed thugs.

In West Virginia in 1912, after enduring this brutality for too long, and fired up by Mary Harris "Mother Jones", miners started fighting back. They formed unions and started strikes such as "The Paint Creek-Cabin Creek" strikes. This led to many armed confrontations such as "The Battle of Blair Mountain" where over 10,000 striking coal miners attempting to rescue three workers from a jail and armed with only "squirrel guns" (small caliber), marched to the jail and faced high-caliber rifles and machine guns manned by government agent thugs. When all was said and done, 30 were dead on the coal company thug side, and over 100 coal miners died. 985 miners were indicted for murder, but acquitted by sympathetic jurors. The coal companies won in the short term, it wasn't until the 1930s under FDR's New Deal until workers would get the right to form unions and unions expanded to steel workers and beyond. Now we have Republicans trying to erode all those rights workers have actually fought for. Of course JTMP does NOT suggest or condone violence in any way, but JTMP does urge our supporters to work peacefully through the ballot box and other ways to protect and secure those rights all those men died for back then. We urge you to make sure you constantly tell your lawmakers in the state and federal level that you want them to protect worker's rights, protect unions, and stand up to Republican thugs trying to enact this stupid, "Right to Work" insanity.  (photo credit: Blair Mountain Reenactment Society)

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