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MAR 11, 2013 - The Christian Science Monitor has a great article out about the musical activist Miriam Makeba from South Africa. Makeba took a stand against segregation and apartheid, and was exiled by her home country, even turned away at the airport and not allowed to attend her mother's funeral. Google dedicated their page back on March, 4th to honor her and her work. Read more on Christian Science Monitor here.
MAR 8, 2013 - I came across this article about Australian activist musician Tim Levinson on the Sydney Morning Herald website. Here is an excerpt and link to full article below, check him out!
From Sydney Morning Herald:
"Contrary to all the misconceptions about rap and social activism, Levinson's drive comes not from anger but from empathy. His mother worked for years in Kings Cross with homeless children - ''always charitably minded, not charity minded'' - and brought up three children on her own after Levinson's father, a former pilot, left when Levinson was 10. This middle child was acutely aware of what his mother was going through.
MAR 7, 2013 - The New York State Assembly has banned the practice of fracking for 5 years, which is a good victory for the anti-fracking activist community, but does show we need to keep the fight up until we have a permanent ban. (photo credit: Leeseann/Flickr/CC)
MAR 6, 2013 - JTMP has sad news to report. Alvin Lee, one of the best guitarists and an artist that had a huge impact on the 1960's music scene has passed away. On his website his family announced the sudden death of this great musician after a routine surgical procedure. He is best known for "I'm Going Home", that has one of the best electric guitar lead solos ever, and the awesome song, "I'd Love to Change the World"; which JTMP did a cover version of back in 2009. Check it out below! (photo credit: Jim Summaria/CC)
MAR 6, 2013 - Artists Against Fracking, a collection of activist musicians consisting of Yoko and Sean Lennon, Justice Through Music, and many other artists and organizations, have started a billboard campaign pushing for New York Governor Mario Cuomo to ban the harmful practice of fracking permanently statewide. Sean Lennon issued a statement saying, "Fracking for gas is inherently dirty and dangerous. Cement and pipes at these great depths are simply not reliable, as the industry’s own documents show. Cracks and leaks will inevitably poison wells and aquifers. Rural communities will be turned into industrial brownfields. No amount of regulation can make fracking safe." Check out their campaign and get more info on their website below. (Photo credit: artistsagainstfracking.org)
MAR 5, 2013 - KMFDM, an awesome activist band that was spawned in Germany in 1984, has released a cool activist song in support of Pussy Riot. Their BIO says, "KMFDM pioneered the crossover between techno/dance and heavy metal with their signature industrial sound." You can check out the band at their website HERE, and listen to the "Pussy Riot" track from their new album below. (Photo credit: KMFDM.net)
MAR 4, 2013 - In a move that has sent shockwaves through the climate change activist movement, the US State Department has issued their review of the impact that the Keystone XL Pipeline will have on our climate change crisis, and they have concluded that the Keystone XL Pipeline will supposedly "not lead to a new increase in greenshouse gas emissions". Virtually all environmental activists and groups are stunned and saddened by this, for the Keystone Pipeline, and the Tar Sands development, have wreaked havoc on wildlife, the environment, and has a huge impact on our climate change crisis.
Read more on JTMP Green here.
FEB 19, 2013 - Ever since the SOTU, Ted Nugent has been Tweeting about his experience. He started with Tweeting, "the prez is a master scam artist didnt believe a word" and supposedly "made all the corrupt liars squirm"; apparently unable to figure out how to use the shift and alt keys on his smartphone.
Then he attacked Luke Russell for pointing out to him his words are insane, and Tweeted about the gay, liberal, musical-activist Thomas Lauderdale of Pink Martini Nugent sat next during the SOTU address, saying he wants to play music with him, "Let's jam!"; don't hold your breath for that concert. Lastly, Nugent attacked SNL for showing how crazy he was; watch the SNL skit video below.
FEB 18, 2013 - Over 40,000 climate activists gathered on the National Mall yesterday, an event organized by many groups including 350.org, Hip Hop Caucus and more, to pressure Obama and Congress to act on our climate crisis. Stopping the construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline was one of the big issues, along with showing the horror of the Tar Sands processing currently going on in Canada which is destroying trees and birds on a massive scale. Check out more pics on our Justice Through Music FaceBook Page, and leave a comment on what you think about our climate crisis and the Keystone XL Pipeline.
FEB 14, 2013 - Ted Nugent and Rep. Stockman (R-TX) didn't live Tweet at the SOTU as promised, but Nugent did give a bizarre response after the SOTU; and Al Sharpton's "Politics Nation" at MSNBC has a good article up about it. Check it out here, or watch the video below.