Discrimination Against Women Against FIFA Rules July 4, 2015 – JTMP has joined the calls for FIFA to address Iran’s ban on women attending football (soccer) games as the spotlight is on the Woman’s World Cup final on Sunday. The discrimination against women by Iranian authorities is totally against FIFA’s rules and policies, yet they…
Band Tweets That Law Is Thinly Disguised Legal Discrimination March 30, 2015 – The band Wilco, in response to the Indiana state assembly passing the “license to discriminate” SB 101 law, announced that they are canceling the May 5th concert in Indiana, but Tweeted that they “hope to get back to the Hoosier state when…
Huge Gamer Convention Threatens to Cancel if Governor Pence Signs SB 101 Bill Into Law March 26, 2015 – The Indiana state legislature this week passed bill SB 101, a law that will allow Indiana citizens to discriminate against people in the LBGT community, and the government cannot do anything. If signed into law, SB 101…
MAR 30, 2012 – One of the freethinking musicians that will be playing at the Rock Beyond Belief event tomorrow March 31 at Fort Bragg, NC is Spoonboy, and JTMP got a chance to catch up with him and get his thoughts on the event. Below is the interview, and at the end there is a video of his song "What You Want" promoting Rock Beyond Belief. (Photo courtesy of Spoonboy)
JTMP: David thanks for doing the interview, we are Justice Through Music Project and musical activism is very important to us. Has activism always played a role in your music?
Spoonboy: I got into playing music around the same time as I became interested in activism. A lot of the bands I grew up on were political bands, and being exposed to music through the DC punk scene in the early 2000's meant necessarily being exposed to politics. All things in life have a political element. There are politics in how you choose to write and distribute your music. There are politics in what you choose to say with your music. So I try to acknowledge that in my music, while also always trying to write from a personal place, because I think politics should always come from a personal place as well.
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JAN 25, 2012 – Conor Oberst of Bright Eyes, and 16 other musicians from Omaha are all urging the state lawmakers to not pass a proposal that would ban Omaha and other communities from passing any anti-discrimination ordinances or laws. Mynabirds singer and songwriter Laura Berhenn who organized the group of musicians told Paul Hammel of the Omaha World-Herald, “Don't keep selling Omaha as another fly-over Midwestern city, We have a lot of progressive people here who are welcoming. ” Some of the musical groups involved are Azure Ray, The Faint, Honeybee and Hers, the Conduits and more.
The letter in part said:
We are musicians who have chosen to live in the Omaha community. Our work has had national and international media attention, and when we tour around the country and around the world, we want to be proud to say that we’ve come from Omaha, Nebraska. It’s extremely important to us that the policies of our community reflect our values.
We want to continue to be proud of our community and keep our creative class and entrepreneurial spirit strong. Please don’t let LB 912 move forward and let the state of Nebraska block the City of Omaha’s attempt to do the right thing and create equal opportunity for everyone."
Read the whole letter at VoiceOmaha.org.
(Photo credit: Owen Prior/Wiki)