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Occupy Music

Justice Through Music is all about music and activism, and on this page you will find all the best Occupy Music. If you have or know of any Occupy Music that the world needs to see, let us know and we will try and get it posted. Rock Your Rights!


Op_Critical: For What It's Worth

Op_Critical: Anonymous

When The Dictator Ran Away – David Rovics

This Playground Is Run By Bullies – David Rovics

PART OF THE 99 – The Employees
 
 
WE ARE THE 99% – Anonymous Expression
 

FILM THE POLICE – B. Dolan feat. Toki Wright, Jasiri X, Buddy Peace, Sage Francis

I Am a Patriot – Jackson Browne

Whose Side Are You On? – Jackson Browne and Dawes

Occupy Broadway

Trickle Down (Explicit Version) – Sintex Era

Third Eye Blind – If There Ever Was A Time

It's A Liberty Walk! – Miley Cyrus Rock Mafia

Occupy Wall Street Anthem – Bruce Springsteen

We Are The Many – Makana

We Stand As One – Joseph Arthur

Gogol Bordello

Crosby and Nash

 

Who's The Man? – MK Ultra

We Are The 99 – Rick Harris

The Bottom 99 – Rhiannon Giddens

The Economy is Suffering – Justin Sane from Anti-Flag

Occupy (We The 99) – Jasiri X

Drummers at Zuccotti Park Create Test For GAs and Non-Centralized Leadership Facing the Occupy Community

OCT 27, 2011 – Drummers have played a big role in marches and rallies for years, and have been an integral part of the Occupy movement in Zuccotti Park but have unfortunately recently been the center of a "controversy" of some kind and pose an early test of the "GAs" or general assemblies that have no central leadership where every person is respected and heard when meeting to make decisions and resolve issues and disputes. In a way it is like watching a new form of democracy emerge and evolve.

It all started when residents living near Zuccotti Park held community board meetings and asked the activists to curtail the drumming. The activists held GAs, and after deliberation it was agreed to limit the drumming for 2 hours during afternoon hours. Later however drummers said they felt slighted and not heard fairly, another GA was held and it was increased from 2 hours to 4. Some drummers have even "broke off" in a way from the main group and have stated they have no intention to limit their drumming, which they feel is their free speech. One activist drummer Elijah Moses told the Wall Street Journal, “We do respect the fact that you live here, but at the same time we are still activists. I’m not here to cater and negotiate, I’m not here to play tit-for-tat,” he said forcefully, fiddling with his drumsticks in one hand. “What I am here for is to make change.”

Many people who come to Zuccotti Park love the drums and dance to them, but some who come to the park complain that it prevents and drowns out soft poetry reading, acoustic guitar playing and other softer expressions of art and activism. They have stated that the drummers are virtually impossible to talk to, because they are pounding constantly and unresponsive to people trying to approach them and talk to them. It will be interesting to see how this plays out in the next few weeks. JTMP will keep you posted on this. Here is a video on the issue:

 

Occupy Wall Street Drummers Trying to Find Their Place

OCT 26, 2011 – Drumming was there at the inception of Occupy Wall Street, and has played a major role in the movement providing energy and passion. No doubt they will continue to play a big role in the Occupy movement, but currently they are in a struggle to find a way to secure their drumming rights at Zuccotti Park. Recently, the residents living near the park held community board meetings, and then asked Occupy activists to please curtail the drumming noise. The Occupy community was happy to oblige, and many GAs were held about the issue, and at one GA it was decided to restrict drumming to 2 hours per day during daylight hours. 

However some drummers who have formed a group called "Pulse" felt they were being under-represented and have lobbied to make it 4 hours per day. The fragile compromise faces a tough test tonight at another community board meeting, where there might be more disruptions over the volatile issue. Mostly though they are currently at work talking things out and solving the problem, and at an Occupy website it says:


"In the spirit of consensus and community, mediation is still in process. The working group Pulse has been formed by the drummers and is working to bring forward proposals to the General Assembly of Liberty Square. This issue has been talked about in the park, at the General Assembly, on forums, and emails for weeks. This is an example of how we as a community share space and how we mobilize together to build consensus between all members of a conversation. Drumming has a loud voice in Liberty Square. Pulse is an important piece of our movement – they are integral to marches, morale, and the general mood of energy we have created. But many within Liberty Square feel as though their voice is being drowned out by the drumming, that it has become difficult to have the conversations that they think are important. We have created a small, vibrant and diverse community within the Square – it is natural that some issues would and will arise, but we hope to work together and continue to effect positive change in this place and in this world."

Read more here at OccupyWallST.org


Yoko Ono Says John Lennon “Sending His Smile” to Occupy Wall Street

Yoko Ono has come out in support of Occupy Wall Street, and during her daily Q&A sessions with John's fans she has Tweeted: "John is sending his smile to Occupy Wall Street". "I am sending my love to Occupy Wall Street", "You are letting the world know that American activists are doing this. That gives them inspiration and encouragement".

 

Katy Perry and Russell Brand Visit Occupy Wall Street

Katy Perry and her husband Russell Brand dressed incognito visited Occupy Wall Street along with Russell Simmons. Driving by on bikes, they stopped at Zuccotti Park and Katy Tweeted about her visit while she was there. They posed for a Tweet pic:

Rapper Immortal Technique: Occupy Wall Street Not About Obama

OCT 22, 2011 – Rapper Immortal Technique spoke his mind in a WeAreChange video hitting on politics, war, immigration, race and more from Occupy Wall Street. He said, "This is one of the best expressions of democracy that people have seen in America for the past few decades. Unlike the Tea Party, this is organic; it's not corporate-funded, it's not funded by the Koch brothers. This isn't a re-election campaign for Obama. We're willing to put his second term on the altar of democracy and sacrifice it if we need to." He said everyone should do that to send a message that the movement demands real change, not superficial. Check out the interview below.

Pete Seeger, Arlo Guthrie, Tao Rodriguez Seeger, Join Occupy Wall Street Movement – March to Columbus Circle

OCT 22, 2011 – Pete Seeger, along with grandson and musician Tao Rodriguez Seeger, 60s activist musician Arlo Guthrie, composer David Amram, and bluesman Guy Davis joined a crowd of a thousand or so Occupy Wall Street protesters in a march from Symphony Space to Columbus Circle. They sang protest and activist songs as they marched, and then they all sang "We Shall Overcome" at Columbus Circle. Watch the footage below.

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