Monthly Archives: April, 2013
APR 17, 2013 - Rolling Stone has an interview of Roger Waters out, and in it he discusses that he is mulling over the possibility of ceasing his Israeli boycott stance, and has written a open letter to musicians saying that they should reconsider their Israeli boycott stance also. The Israeli Boycott by musicians is very popular, and is in response to the illegal settlements and the way Palestinians are treated by the IDF. Waters says that the illegal settlements are "an impregnable obstacle to peace", and he is "thinking all of this through extremely carefully" but he cares more about the outcome, which he hopes is peace in the region. He says he wants a "solution to the Palestinian refugee problem, and end to the occupation, security and right to lead a decent life for all citizens of Israel." Read more and see the video interview on RollingStone.com here. (photo credit: Eddie Berman/CC)
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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Garrett Walker is an activist-musician out of Nashville who plays great music, but also tries to be a good person. He says when he is not on stage he is out amongst the "homeless people singing songs". Check out a small excerpt of his "Profile" from his SoundCloud site below, and then under that check out a video of the great song called "My Father's Gun".
Garrett says, "I am an artist through and through. I am a left handed illustrator, designer that writes, creates and sings. I believe in God, Jesus and that the Holy Spirit stays with me every second of every day I live. I always make it a deliberate effort to do the right thing. I find myself helping others more than I should, especially when it comes to those less fortunate. A lot of times on a Friday and/or Saturday night, instead of finding me singing at a bar or event, I can be found sitting around a bunch of homeless people singing songs and just talking about life. I do my best to make sure others know that Jesus loves them, but I do not "Pound the Bible".
No one on this earth is better than I am, and I am no better than anyone else. I don't understand the term "illegal alien". We are ALL God's children and our land is not ours, it is GOD'S! Politics do not concern me, but you do. I may forget what you say or what you do, but I will never forget how you make me feel.
I am extremely sensitive, almost too sensitive. We can never take back a first impression, so I try to make mine a good one. I pray every day for others and my heart truly hurts for those in pain. I believe anger is a choice and that madness starts with sadness. I do write music, but have no songs about Pick-up Trucks, Tractors or my dog. I do have two songs about mama. (I am a Mama's Boy, and damned proud of it). I primarily write about what matters most. Ballplayers make way too much money, I hate guns, I cannot stand people that talk only about themselves." - Garrett Walker
Check out more of Garrett's music at his YouTube, Facebook and MySpace sites:
APR 12, 2013 - JTMP blogged last week about the petition drive calling for Reebok to drop rapper Rick Ross as a spokesperson after rapping about slipping a drug into a woman's drink and raping her; "Put molly [a drug] all in her champagne, she ain’t even know it / I took her home and I enjoyed that, she ain’t even know it". Ultra Violet led the charge calling for Reebok to drop Ross as a spokesperson, started an online petition and got a tremendous response. In fact, Reebok has responded to the pressure and has dropped the endorsement deal they had with Rick Ross. This shows the power of grassroots online activism, and JTMP supports Reebok's decision and says "alright!" to all the grassroots supporters that took part in this action.
From the WeAreUltraViolet.org website:"After 100,000 UltraViolet members and our allies spoke out, Reebok ended their endorsement deal with Rick Ross, the rapper who brags about raping a woman in his recent single. In fact they issued a strong statement, noting, "We are very disappointed he has yet to display an understanding of the seriousness of this issue or an appropriate level of remorse."
When a company does the right thing, it's important that we thank them. Can you sign the card to Reebok? Please THANK Reebok over at WeAreUltraViolet.org here.
APR 11, 2013 - Kid Rock started getting involved in politics with Jon Stewart's "Restore Sanity" tour, and most recently stumped for the Republican Presidential nominee in 2012, Mitt Romney. He also did a PSA with Sean Penn in a "bipartisan" PSA. In a new Rolling Stone interview Kid Rock waded into politics again and commented on many of the recent state laws being passed by Republican state legislatures restricting rights and says, "That's one of the times I'm fucking embarrassed to be a Republican. It's fucking Republican lawmakers, you dumbasses." In response to the criticism he supported Mitt Romney he said, "People in this country just hate each other for voicing an opinion, especially in my business I'm like the fucking lone wolf. Look, I tend to vote Republican, but I don't like the hardcore views on either side and I'm not in bed with anybody. I'd probably be more Libertarian, but I'm a firm believer you have to pick a side." (photo credit: CC/LuisValdespino)