Tag: poverty

NY Times: Global Citizen Festival a Success

Festival gathered and motivated music fans for social change Sep 28, 2015 – NY Times is out with a review on Global Citizen’s Festival this weekend in New York, lauding Beyonce’s performance, the collaboration between the various musicians, and the good response from fans on “taking action” on extreme poverty such as signing online petition […]

Pussy Riot Releases “I Can’t Breathe” Inspired by Eric Garner

Art-Activist-Rock Band Releases First English Speaking Song With Dramatic Video FEB 19, 2015 – Pussy Riot, the art-activist-rock collective or “band” from Russia that is constantly protesting Putin and his regime, and constantly getting hassled, beaten, arrested and even jailed for it, have released their first English speaking song called “I Can’t Breathe” inspired by […]

Global Citizen to Hold FREE Anti-Extreme World Poverty Benefit Concert in Central Park, NY

Global Citizen, a non-profit that is trying to eradicate extreme poverty worldwide by 2030, will be holding a free concert in New York's Central Park on Saturday, September 28, 2013 with acts like Alicia Keys, Stevie Wonder, Kings of Leon, John Mayer and more.

The great thing about this is to get the free tickets, citizens must "Take Action" and better the world community through action. One goes to the Global Citizen website, and registers with them. After that, you are presented with 4 key areas they are focusing on right now which are education, health, women's equality and global partnerships. I signed up, and picked the issue close to my heart, which is health. After choosing your issue, you can "take action", earn points and better the world. Once you get to 20 points, you can enter in the drawing for the free tickets to the concert. I think this is a great way to not only get people motivated to act, but it makes them feel involved in the process. One can sign petitions and pressure UN or governmental officials to act on certain priorities. I signed a petition for the UN to make childhood immunizations a priority. One child can be saved with a shot that costs .30 cents! Try this cause to make a difference also!

JTMP will hopefully be able to get tickets through the drawing, or we will get press passes and cover it for you. Check back regularly for updates, and check with us in September after the concert for pictures and video of the event. For now, head on over to the Global Citizen website and TAKE ACTION!

Video: “American Nitemare” by Rebel Diaz – Occupy the Airwaves

MAR 27, 2012 – Activist rapper Rebel Diaz has released a new song on Occupy the Airwaves with his new song, "American Nitemare", where he asks people from the inner city "not to leave when you get that degree" and saying we need to help the inner cities who are struggling, like planting trees, creating jobs and fixing the schools. The video was directed by Mateo Zapata, produced by DJ Dez Andres, and he was helped out by Windy City of God. Check it out below.

Sting To Play Benefit Concert for Robin Hood Foundation – Talks About Lady Gaga, Music and Activism

Sting appeared on Morning Joe to talk about his upcoming 60th birthday party this Saturday (October 1st) and a benefit concert he will be playing to help the Robin Hood Foundation, an organization that in Sting's words does "…fantastic work." (see video below) He added, "They really help underprivileged people in the city, people who lack the basic wherewithal to live, and I think that's a great thing to do."

Sting also talked about how throughout his career he spoke out about the issues he cares about, and made the case for others to speak out saying, "I've always demanded citizen's rights, but you also have to have citizen's responsibilities, and as a citizen of the world if you have a platform to say something useful, then you should use that." Sting has supported many causes over the years, from rain forest preservation, famine and sustainability.

Sting also spoke about Lady Gaga and her activism, and admired how she spoke out saying, "I love the things she says, I love the messages she gives to her audience, very positive messages. I think that is needed. From my point of view, I like people who can speak up and say, 'this is wrong, you should change this', and she's one of those people. She's very outspoken and intelligent."

JTMP blogged earlier how Robin Hood has already teamed up with the Black Eyed Peas for a benefit concert in New York's Central Park, which will be this Friday, September 30th. Sting's concert will be this Saturday, October 1st, and will be held at the Beacon Theatre. For more information check out the Robin Hood website here. Watch the Sting interview below: