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Katy Perry Responds to PETAs Complaint of Animals Used in Roar Music Video

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SEP 17, 2013 - Singer Katy Perry found herself defending her use of animals in her new "Roar" music video, which features many animals such as an elephant, a crocodile, and even a tiger. PETA complained in a letter obtained by Hollywood Reporter stating, "...animals used for entertainment in film and television endure horrific cruelty and suffer from extreme confinement and violent training methods".

Katy Perry responded with a letter from the American Humane Association that stated they believed that the "Guidelines for the Safe Use of Animals in Filmed Media were followed and that no animal was harmed in the making of this music video." Read more on Hollywood Reporter.com here, and watch Katy Perry "Roar"! here.  (photo credit: Simon Wedege Peterson/CC)

Harry Belafonte Given Ambassador of Conscience Award

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SEP 17, 2013 - Musical-activist Harry Belafonte, who has been active politically and always at work in community activism for decades, has been rewarded for all his great work with a 2013 Ambassador of Conscience Award by Amnesty International. Harry Belafonte started his activism back in 1950s, where he refused to play down in the southern states, as a protest against the racism. President John F. Kennedy named him cultural advisor to the Peace Corps. He was a confidant of Martin Luther King Jr., and was very active in the civil rights movements in the 1950s and 1960s. He continued his activism and speaking out throughout his career to the present, criticizing the George W. Bush administration and even President Obama; saying he is disconnected from the needs of the poor saying, "I think we will be forever disappointed in what that administration will deliver."

Mr. Belafonte will be  given Amnesty International's highest award tonight at Mansion House in Dublin Ireland, by musical-activists Bono and Roger Waters,  "recognizing individuals who have promoted or enhanced the cause of human rights through their life and by example." In a statement Mr. Belafonte said, "Since it's birth, I have been devoted to the principles for which Amnesty International stands. It is an honor to receive the recognition being bestowed. Amnesty International's stand on any universal abuse to human rights has been courageous and is our moral compass." 

Pakistani teenager women's education and human rights activist Malala Yousafzai is also being bestowed with the honor. Read more on Amnesty International's website here.  (photo: Belafonte with Sydney Poitier and Charlton Heston 1963 Civil Rights March, DC - Credit: US Information Agency/CC)

APlomb Clothing Promotes Activism as Currency

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SEP 12, 2013 - JTMP is a strong supporter of new and fairer forms of capitalism, and we strongly support cooperatives and employee-owned businesses like Publix; and we ran across a great project going on with online retailer Aplomb we just had to tell you about. They have turned their website into a forum where people exchange ideas about important issues and build up votes to use as currency. Art work is inspired, and that art is then put on their t-shirts that the "Creative Conspiracy", as they call themselves, can buy with their accumulated activist work credit they have done online.

JTMP caught up with Ryan from Aplomb in an email interview, and he was nice enough to tell us about how it all began. Ryan explained to JTMP that Aplomb started back in 2006 with his observation on how little you could pay artists in the t-shirt apparel business, and he also felt other injustices within the apparel industry were happening. Their "streetwear brand" t-shirt apparel business would pay as little as $200 for the artist's work, and didn't even have to give them credit. He says in the interview, "Something that stuck out was how ridiculous 'lifestyle' brands were. It was crazy that people would actually pay or buy into someone's lifestyle. That is when the epiphany started." Ryan then went on to say, "I would get people involved in the brand, use their ideas to provide significant meaning in the products we sold instead of promoting another 'lifestyle'. I would pay artists fairly and promote them along with the people's ideas instead of ourselves. In an industry that promotes the promotion of self we knew we had the opportunity to change things by putting the fans and the artists first."

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Sheryl Crow Talks About Activism and Her New Song Best of Times on SFGate

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SEP 13, 2013 - In a SFGate interview, Sheryl Crow talks about her new song "Best of Times", and hints that it is kind of an 'activist song', and called it a "hopeful song". She is in San Francisco to do what she does often, and that is activism in the community for various issues and causes. This time it is the Macy's Passport Presents Glamorama, which is a fundraiser for HIV/AIDS organizations. Read more on SFGate.com here, and watch her perform (and record!) the song in a YouTube video from TheWarnerSound below.

JTMP GREEN: Neil Young Compares Oil Sands Devastation to Hiroshima After Atomic Bomb

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SEPT 12, 2013 - During a stop in Washington, D.C. for the National Farmers Union conference, rocker Neil Young commented on the devastated conditions of the Alberta town Fort McMurray due to the oil sands operation at the Athabasca Oil Sands; and compared the damage to Hiroshima after the atomic bomb. Read more on JTMP Green here.

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