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"Paradise/Keystone Pipeline" by the Keystone Pipeline Kops Calls for Massive Protest and Petition Against Keystone XL Pipeline
APR 2013 - To protest the Keystone XL Pipeline and Fracking, the Keystone Pipeline Kops have come together to say "Halt!" to the construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline, and recorded John Prine's great classic, "Paradise", with the lyrics updated for the times. We wanted the song to connect the trips to the outdoors we had as a child, and how we came to love the outdoors and become environmental activists to protect the rivers and woodlands we love so much. Because of the inevitable oil spills and the loss of wildlife and woodlands, as well as our air and water being poisoned, this song calls for a massive protest against the Keystone XL Pipeline, against the Tar Sands development, and against the dirty practice of Fracking. Check out the song below, and sign the JTMP petition on Change.org calling on President Obama to stop the construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline. We are looking for 100,000 signatures, which we will then present to the White House, so please sign today! Also, start or join a discussion on this issue at our JTMP Facebook Site: www.Facebook.com/JusticeThroughMusic.
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Justice Through Music Project and Op-Critical have released another musical activist video, this one makes a statement on the Upper Big Branch Mine disaster, and the failure of Massey Energy to protect those coal workers. In a statement Op-Critical said, "Coal Miners Family is dedicated to all those who work in the mines and to all those families who have lost loved ones in the mines. The song and video were inspired by the senseless loss of life at the 2010 Upper Big Branch mine disaster. Massey Energy’s failure to follow safety regulations was the direct cause of that nightmare. We, as Americans, need to make sure that those responsible are held accountable and that similar disasters never happen in the future." Watch below.
APR 3, 2014 - GreenLeft.org has a cool interview up about Australian rapper Aisha Fukushima, and it asks her about her new song, "RAPtivism" and how the song declares that she is "bringing politics back to rap". Aisha told GreenLeft, "For me, the term "bringing politics back to rap" illuminates that on one level, a lot of the major distribution of hip-hop music has edited out music that empowers people and encourages them to think critically. I think part of the role as rap activist is not necessarily having all the answers or even telling people what to think, but to raise thoughtful questions that can help further our collective journey towards social change." We at JTMP couldn't have put it more eloquently. Read more of the interview of Aisha on GreenLeft.org.au here. Listen to RAPtivism from Aisha below.
MAR 31, 2014 - EasternEcho.com from Michigan reports on Daniel "Hush" Carlisle, a rapper musical-activist who is behind a cool new dog shelter opening up. The stray dog problem in Michigan is pretty bad, so this should help out. Read more about this awesome work by Hush on EasternEcho.com here. (photo credit: Hush)
MAR 30, 2014 - DC is currently holding its primary elections, and I headed out yesterday and "early voted". We in DC are very progressive and do not put up any voter suppression hurdles. In fact, DC is very accommodating to its citizens when it comes to early voting, same-day voter registration, and making sure DC citizens who may not have an ID for some reason or another, can use an alternative form of ID like a utility bill or something. We have accessibility vans picking up our disabled citizens and whisking them to the polls. In other words, in DC we make it easier to vote, NOT harder. My experience was great. No lines, and I was in and out in 5 minutes. I was free to do my other errands and carry on not worrying about missinga primary or special election which I do sometimes if it is "only on one day". That is why early voting is important, it more accurately represents more of the electorate, because more people vote.
Another reason why this is significant is this is a local election. Sometimes people get caught up only in the Presidential elections, and ignore the midterms, primaries and local elections.That is a mistake. Who sits on your city council determines if you can get your medical marijuana or not. Your state senators and representatives determine whether your gay friend can marry his lover. JTMP urges our supporters to not only register and vote, but vote in each and every election. Vote in the general elections, the primaries, the special elections, get educated on ballot initiatives and other things on the ballot. Most states send out a "voter's guide" that explains how, where and when to vote; and even contains sample ballots so you can be prepared and be informed when you arrive at the polls. JTMP urges our supporters to pay attention to elections and make sure you have easy and early voting in your state.
MAR 28, 2014 - Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Maria Alyokhina of Pussy Riot have really been in the news a lot recently, I even heard Mika Brezhinski on Morning Joe say "Pussy Riot" the other day! The two activist-musicians have formed a NGO called Zona Prava "Law Zone" (Use Google Chrome to translate Russian), a campaign to work for prisoner's rights and justice. Read about the NGO Zona Prava on Hollywood Reporter. Also, Pussy Riot will attend the Women In The World summit April 3-5, 2014 in New York. Read more about Nadezhda and Maria attending the WITW Summit on The Daily Beast.
MAR 23, 20134 - We all know that life for a struggling musician is hard when it comes to paying bills (and getting paid for a gig!!), and for decades it has been virtually impossible for them to afford health insurance. The Affordable Care Act is addressing that issue but JTMP has found that it is being hampered not by "Obamacare", but by Republican state lawmakers who, because of a US Supreme Court ruling, do not have to take the money...so they don't. Kathleen Sebilius of the Health and Human Services said in a statement, "Texas taxpayers are losing roughly $18 million a day while the state turns down federal dollars to expand Medicaid." They could take the Federal funds, and then struggling musicians like Christian from The Hates (pictured right) in Texas would be able to apply for Medicaid and get health insurance, but no. It is more important for the Republican lawmakers to take a stance against "Obamacare" than to help their constituents. Unbelievable. Read about the struggle of Texas musician Christian Arnheiter aka "Christian of The Hates" not only fighting disease and our decrepit SICK care system but also battling their elected representatives that are supposed to help them on the HoustonPress.com website. (photo credit: The Hate)
MAR 23, 2014 - I was flipping around the channels the other day, and I stumbled upon a cool music video of the song "Surrender" by the band Angels and Airwaves that paid homage to the Occupy and Anonymous movements, and singing about the youth uprisings not only in America but across the world. It was tastefully done, and the music is pretty cool. Check out the video below.
MAR 21, 2014 - Lady Gaga's charitable foundation "Born This Way" is being criticized for being long on expenses, and short on actual charity. It is hard to criticize Lady Gaga because she has done tremendous work in promoting LBGT rights, but this looks bad. The foundation's tax records shows that it took in $2.65 million in revenue, and paid out over $400,000 in legal fees, $300,000 for "strategic development" and $150,000 for "philanthropic consulting". Huh? Some very lucky hotels got over $77,000, and then there is the $50,000 for "social-media development" (one of her friends got an awesome job maintaining her Facebook page and Twitter account probably) and other expenses which don't sound too much like actual charity. That word is being blurred these days, from adding a wing to a museum so rich people can view art to religions proselytizing and not actually feeding the poor. Read more about Lady Gaga's foundation Born This Way's mess on NYPost here. (photo credit: Stephen Carlisle/CC)
MAR 20, 2014 - JTMP has met James Haley, a great musical-activist out there singing for the 99.9% and against the .01% elite hoarding all the wealth, and I thought I would blog about him today and share one of his songs. James talked to JTMP and talked about his new song, "An American Income Inequality Song - Land of the Free"; and said, "As history has shown, music catapults movements. This is my song about inequality or to be more to the point it is a call to action to do something about it. I share this with you so you can share with others. I wrote this it to question the corporate greed that has overrun our government and weakened our democracy. Let's get this going and move this conversation to the real world. We live in a time where people are not getting active enough despite the social injustices that are taking place so I am creating songs like this to fuel the fire." JTMP agrees with James, and urges we progressives really start to make income inequality and raising the minimum wage into a huge movement going into the 2014 midterm elections and the 2016 Presidential elections. Remember, there are local offices, state senators, governors, US Senators and many offices you should pay attention to and assure your voice is heard is heard in each and every election, as well as bugging your elected representative for the things you need. They are your servant and serve you, not for-profit lobbyists and corporations. Watch James' song, "An American Income Income Inequality Song" below, and check out his Facebook page here, and his website here.