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Free Tibetan activist Erin Potts remembers Adam Yauch

(Photo credit: kiinovilland.com)

MAY 10, 2012 – Activist Erin Potts, who works with campaigns such as the Free Tibet movement with the Milarepa Fund, and musical activism with Air Traffic Control to name just two, has shared her memories and thoughts with the world about her experiences with Adam Yauch, a longtime friend of hers, in a letter on the ATC website. Together they started the Milarepa Fund through royalties on the Beastie Boys songs "Shambala" and "Bodhisattva Vow" to support Tibetan independence, and this paved the way for the popular Tibetan Freedom Concerts.

In her letter Potts says, "he didn’t just produce and perform at our concerts for Tibet. He also went to conferences and organized workshops. He was deeply strategic–most of the time–always passionate, and always welcoming. He believed in our team of inexperienced but determined 20-somethings, and our ability to do the impossible. And with that belief in us and in nonviolence, together we DID do the impossible. Never before has more fun been had while changing the world!!"

Read the letter on the ATC website here, and thanks to TibetArchive on YouTube for this clip of the Beastie Boys from one of the Tibetan Freedom Concerts from back in 1999.

MSNBC Entertainment: MCA (Adam Yauch) brought social consciousness to the Beastie Boys

MAY 8, 2012 – Tony Sclafani on MSNBC Entertainment has a great article about MCA, Adam Yauch from the Beastie Boys, and how he brought social consciousness to the Beastie Boys. Adam passed away last week from cancer, and JTMP has been blogging about him recently and how he became a Buddhist and evolved into a socially conscious musical activist, with the Free Tibet movement being one of his causes. Tony writes how they started helping out many causes such as ASPCA,  Food Bank for NY, and Habitat for Humanity among others. Check out the article on MSNBC here.  (photo credit: blythe_d/Flickr)

Adam Yauch from Beastie Boys dies from cancer

MAY 4, 2012 – Adam Yauch, from Beastie Boys fame, has lost his battle with cancer and has passed away at the young age of 47. Adam was born in Brooklyn, New York and taught himself to play bass guitar, and formed the Beastie Boys at age 17. He used his music for activism, supporting the Free Tibet movement and was a practicing Buddhist. He and his band the Beastie Boys, along with the Milarepa Fund, formed the Tibetan Freedom Concerts that ran from 1996 to 2001. He is survived by his wife Dechen and his daughter, Tenzin. Watch Adam and the Beastie Boys perform at one of the Tibetan Freedom concerts below. (photo credit: Beastie Boys/MCA on Wiki)