ACTIVIST-SINGER WEAR KYIV, UKRAINE T-SHIRT JUNE 29, 2014 – A mobile upload onto the Internet of Madonna wearing a Kyiv, Ukraine t-shirt (you can say or spell it ki-ev or kyiv) showing her support for the democratic ideals breaking out across Ukraine. The photo came from nashkiev.ua Facebook’s page here.
SEP 17, 2013 – Madonna has posted a news post on her website announcing her "secretprojectrevolution" (all lowercase), a 17-minute film she co-directs with Steven Klein that will be unveiled on September 24th, 2013. She says the film is an Art For Freedom project; and will be "an online global initiative to further freedom of expression, created by Madonna, curated by VICE, and distributed by BitTorrent."
Madonna says, "My goal is to show by example of secretprojectrevolution my creative commitment to inspire change in the world through artistic expression. I hope my film and other submissions to Art For Freedom will be a call-to-action and give people a place to voice their own creative expression to help fight oppression, intolerance and complacency."
Her website says Art For Freedom is a "global digital initiative, led by Madonna, designed to fuel free speech – to respond, address and protest persecution around the world. It is an online public art project encouraging the world to express their personal meaning of freedom and revolution, in the form of video, music, poetry, and photography." JTMP will post the film when it comes out, for now check out this "Trailer" here, to read more about secretprojectrevolution check out Madonna's website here, and finally to check out the Art For Freedom website go here.
SEP 4, 2012 – JTMP has been very disappointed by the unjust and Draconian verdict the Russian courts handed down against Pussy Riot, but we will be fighting on their behalf to get the word out about their plight, and lobby for their freedom in any way we can. Check back frequently for news on that.
On August 29, 2012, after the verdict Madonna told her audience in PA, “never forget how lucky you are to live where you live and to have the freedom that you have.” Read more on HuffPo here. (photo credit: CC/Hans Schaft)
AUG 19, 2012 – Madonna was in St. Petersburg, Russia for a concert the other week, and she made a 6-minute speech supporting free speech, Pussy Riot, and also gay rights. As a result, a lawyer in Russia is claiming his clients suffered "psychological stress and emotional shock" for her support of gay rights. Read more on HuffPo here. (photo credit CC/Tony Barton)
Pussy Riot: “Nobody Can Steal Our Inner Freedom!” – Madonna uses Moscow show to show support for women
Aug 8, 2012 – Reuters reports this morning that the members of Pussy Riot are as strong as ever in their defense, and one of the girls on trial Maria Alyokhina told the court yesterday, "I am not afraid of your poorly concealed fraud of a verdict in this so-called court because it can deprive me of my freedom. No one can take my inner freedom away." Read more on Reuters.com here.
Also, Madonna has come out in support of the 3 women musicians at her show in Moscow yesterday, even talking to the audience about American freedoms and said, "As an artist, as a human being, as a woman, I have freedom to express my point of view, even if other people don't agree with me. Even if my government doesn't agree with me. So I want to say a few words about Pussy Riot….I think that they have done something courageous…I pray for their freedom." Read more on NY Times here. Watch Madonna at her Moscow show yesterday thanks to SAIDCHILI on YouTube below. (photo credit: CC/David Shankbone)