Sintex Era sent us his latest music video titled, "Trickle Down", which he says is "my take on the 1%." He wrote it back in May over his frustration with his job and was "pleasantly surprised that people of all walks of life are also vociferously speaking out against the injustices that the MAJORITY of Americans go through", referring to the Occupy Movement sweeping America and the world. Check out the explicit version below.
DEC 1, 2011 - Union Rocks is an organization up in Canada that is using the inspirational power of music and concerts to spread support and raise awareness on unions, labor (or "labour" as our friends in the Great White North spell it) and voting rights, along with urging young people to get out and VOTE! On their website they say, "Because when the music stops, the mosh pit is quiet, and the smoke clears with the crowd...too many children wake up in poverty, too many young people will go to unsafe jobs, untrained, unprepared and underpaid, more workers will be downsized, outsourced, or forced to devalue themselves. That's why our fists are still in the air!"
They are also affiliated with Fair Vote Canada to protect and expand voting rights, and to change the current Parliamentary system where it is "winner takes all". Fair Vote has a petition up that calls for a more fairer system to represent Canadian citizens. The petition can be found here.
Check out Union Rock's website by going here. We look forward to affiliating ourselves with Union Rocks going into 2012 so we can all Rock Our Rights!
DEC 1, 2011 - JTMP joins musicians Bono and Alicia Keyes in support of World AIDS Day and the "beginning of the end of AIDS". Bono appeared on The Daily Show last night promoting his One & (Reds) campaign and announcing that today will be the "beginning of the end of AIDS", a disease that has affected millions of people worldwide. There will be many events today, and JTMP supporters can watch the event LIVE on the One campaign's website by clicking here. They want to call attention to the great work that has been done to fight AIDS in the last 10 years, and urge everyone to keep the fight up. Bono, Alicia Keyes and President Clinton along with others will all be raising awareness on this issue today.
Watch Bono and Alicia talk about World AIDS Day on GMA this morning, sport a red ribbon, and join us in the quest to rid the world of AIDS. Follow the action on Twitter at @ONECampaign, and follow JTMP at @JTMPorg.
DEC 1, 2011 - A website has been created for activist musicians can show their support for the Occupy Movement, and to also be a gathering place for them to coordinate and organize themselves for Occupy related events and is a place where Occupy related sounds and music are posted. Check out the website for links to great songs and sounds from Occupy activist musicians and artists. JTMP plans to collaborate and work with Occupy Musicians so check back to both sites regularly.
On the website it says, "We, the undersigned musicians and all who will join us, support Occupy Wall Street and the Occupy Movement around the world.", and is already a huge list of musicians. They use the term "musician" broadly, and encourage musicians, sound engineers, sound artists, producers, DJs, producers, instrumentalists, composers, lyricists, etc. to all send them an email with your name, instruments, musical affiliations, and location to Occupy Musicians at Gmail.com.
Check out their website here.
DEC 1, 2011 - D-Pan, an organization that is dedicated to professional development and access to the entertainment, visual and media arts fields for people who are deaf and hard of hearing, have released a video of children signing to the White Stripes "We're Going To Be Friends" song. On their website they say, "We believe that our current initiatives – as well as those we will be launching in the near future – will be beneficial to the deaf, hard of hearing and hearing communities alike." Watch the video below, and check out their website here.
NOV 30, 2011 - A group of activist musicians calling themselves "Music For Occupy" which includes Jackson Browne, Crosby and Nash, Third Eye Blind, Lucinda Williams, Devo and Zuccotti Park drummers and others are planning to release a benefit album called "Occupy This Album". Many other artists will contribute such as DJ Logic, Ladytron, Warren Haynes, Toots and the Maytals, Mike Limbaud, Aeroplane Pageant, Yo La Tengo and even Michael Moore.
Activist musician Jason Samel is putting it all together and hopes to raise $1 to $2 million dollars to help fuel the movement. Alliance for Global Justice will coordinate the proceeds, with about half going to Occupy Wall Street, and the other half to help out with specific causes and projects related to the Occupy movement. The album will be released digital only at first, but they haven't ruled out a physical CD release in the future. Graham Nash said in a statement, "The Occupy movement is really the voice of the people, it's an idea that's been a long time coming. I fully support their non-violent protests against a system that is carefully crafted in favor of the rich one percent".
On Jackson Browne's website it says their mission is to "inspire and celebrate through music the Occupy Wall Street movement and the 99% who've been adversely affected by the economic corruption that has permeated our Democracy, created a near insurmountable disparity in wealth, and hindered life, liberty and justice and the honest pursuit of an honest living for all. Music For Occupy is in solidarity with Occupy Wall Street, and all proceeds above board attained through the production and distribution of "Occupy This Album: A compilation of music by, for and inspired by the Occupy Wall Street movement and the 99%" will go directly towards the need of sustaining this growing movement". Check JTMP regularly and we will let you know the moment it comes out and how you can get a copy.
Check out Third Eye Blind's contribution to the album, "If There Ever Was a Time" below.
NOV 30, 2011 - 80 activist musicians are all coming together to honor Bob Dylan and Amnesty International for their 50 years of work on protecting and supporting human and civil rights in an album called "Chimes of Freedom" to be released in January of 2012. From Patti Smith to Kris Kristofferson, and even lesser-known artists, a diverse group of musicians will all contribute to this project produced by by legendary music executive Jeff Ayeroff and Julie Yannatta.
"This album is a powerful fusion of the music community's respect for Amnesty's life-affirming work and for Bob Dylan's enduring brilliance," said Ayeroff and Yannatta. "We are proud to have worked with Amnesty to produce this remarkable project."
On Amnesty International's website they say, "Through Chimes of Freedom, Amnesty International seeks to enlist support for its fight against censorship and attacks on free speech -- whether involving artists, writers, musicians, political activists or bloggers. In this campaign, Amnesty is fighting for people such as the imprisoned Nobel Prize winner Liu Xiaobo in China, a scholar and human rights defender imprisoned since 2009 for writing about corruption and criticizing China's political system. In addition to purchasing the album at " To learn more go to AI's website by clicking here.
NOV 29, 2011 - Miley Cyrus has released a music video on her YouTube channel, and has dedicated it to the Occupy activists saying, "This is Dedicated to the thousands of people who are standing up for what they believe in. Miley Cyrus" Watch the video below.
Lady Gaga sent a anti-bullying video to a Toronto school, after Jacques St. Pierre, a student at the school, organized an assembly with an anti-bullying theme. He then emailed celebrities and asked for their support, and Lady Gaga personally emailed him with the video. Read more on HuffPO here, and watch the video below.