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Protest Music

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Protest Music

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Protest Music

Protest and topical music including comedy. We're interested in the history of protest music, for instance labor songs, civil rights songs, anti war songs. We also feature contemporary protest music and we particularly want to hear your protest songs.

This is an open group. Please join and post your diaries. If you want to help manage the group message me and I'll make you a BlogEditor.

Of course Protest Music is on topic. But it doesn't have to be both. Protest or Music. Protest is on topic. Music is on topic.

 They are trying to stop the student vote. We won't let them!
Student on the SUNY New Paltz campus filling out a voter registration form.
Student at SUNY New Paltz reading a voter registration form distributed by NYPIRG.
"They," of course, refers to Republicans. "We" refers to every person who believes the right to vote is fundamental.  

Voter suppression isn't something that only happens to black people, Latinos, women, immigrants, the transgendered, the elderly, and the disabled.

Republicans in legislatures across the nation don't want young people to vote. They are specifically targeting students at universities and colleges across the nation.

Gee, wonder why that is?  I'm sure you can figure it out—instantly.  

As Catherine Rampell wrote:

First they came for blacks, and we said nothing. Then they came for Latinos, poor people and married women, and we again ignored the warning signs. Now, after our years of apathy, they’re coming for us: the nation’s millennials.

Across the country, Republican state policy makers have hoisted barriers to voting by passing voter-ID laws and curtailing electoral accommodations such as same-day registration and early voting. These policy changes are allegedly intended to eradicate the imagined scourge of voter fraud, but the real point seems to be voter suppression.

For a time, the targeted populations were primarily racial, ethnic and income groups that traditionally vote Democratic. Now they happen to include Gen-Y’ers, more specifically my college-age brethren. We millennials may be fickle in our loyalties, distrustful of government institutions and unaligned with any political party, but our generation’s motley, liberal-to-libertarian-leaning ideological preferences still threaten red-state leadership. In response, Republicans have set out to erect creative, if potentially unconstitutional, Tough-Mudder-style obstacle courses along our path to the polls.

Contrary to the popular media depictions of youthful apathy, there are a host of groups across the county, in communities, and on campuses who are fighting back against restrictive bills and getting young folks registered.

Young people are fighting back. Follow below the fold for more.

 March Madness

With one week remaining until next Sunday's People's Climate March,
there are many ways you can become involved, even if you aren't traveling to NYC.

Show your support:

1. Thunderclap:

For those who haven't participated in a Thunderclap before, it's an online tool that lets folks all send a message via social media at the same time. Ours will be 'going off' at Noon on Monday. Signup now and help push this to your community of friends and supporters.  

To join: click here. Then select  "Support with Facebook/Twitter/Tumblr" and then follow prompts.

2) The Facebook signmaker tool!

PCM signs and images are percolating on Facebook,  and March organizers have created a tool which enables you to customize your Facebook profile picture to say why you are marching, even if you're virtually marching!   Share this ’signmaker' link to dramatically amplify 'social proof' around the march.

Just in from 350!

Tomorrow we're coordinating a national phonebank, where people from all across the country will make calls to people around the New York City area to get them to turn out to the march on the 21st.

That means you can pick up the phone in California tomorrow, and have an impact when the whole world is watching New York City on September 21st.

We have a system that makes it easy: all you need to do is let us know when you'll be calling, and when the time comes, I'll send you a link to our online tool that will give you the phone numbers of people who are signed up to come to the march, as well as all the key info you'll need to tell them, and a way to report their response.

You'll be joining a nationwide effort to turn out the march -- I'll be calling from New York -- and having a real impact on what could be the biggest climate march ever.

Sometimes all people need is a nudge and a reminder to get out into the streets. You'll be caling people who have already RSVP'd, so you can expect a good response too. Click here to sign up and get started: docs.google.com/a/350.org/forms/d/1Cpw3wR7-hbGctiRppeQjRirR0kxIbc50zS--D_fhiZ0/viewform

It's Not Just A March

If you are heading to New York, there are so many events to engage in the lead up and following the PCM.

1. Climate Convergence, People, Planet and Peace Over Profit, September 19th - 21st
2. Flood Wall Street, Monday September 22nd
3. On the Rise: Global and Local Front-line Communities and the Climate Crisis, September 16th, 7pm

Climate Convergence, People, Planet and Peace Over Profit, September 19th - 21st

Climate activists from around the world are participating in the NYC Climate Convergence. Over one hundred workshops are taking place in churches, gardens, community centers and on two university campuses in Lower Manhattan - aimed at finding real alternatives and developing action plans that transform the system, rather than accept it. The convergence will include hub meet ups for the following hubs: Tar Sands, Indigenous Peoples, Public Health, Vegans, Bike Bloc, Elders, Boston, California, Fracking, White Anti-Racist Climate Activists, Climate Impacted Shorefront Communities and Great March for Climate Action. More information can be found at as well as a schedule can be found at  as well as below this email.

#FloodWallStreet - Monday September 22nd, after the People's Climate March

On Monday, September 22nd at 9:00 am, thousands of people will gather at Battery Park in Lower Manhattan to confront the root cause of the climate crisis - an economic system based on exploiting frontline communities, workers and natural resources.  On the heels of the largest-ever march on climate change, we have an opportunity to transform the economic system driving this crisis.

Wearing blue to represent the sea that surrounds us, we rise to the steps of the NY Stock Exchange at 12:00 pm, flooding the area with our bodies in a massive sit-in - a collective act of nonviolent civil disobedience - to confront the system that both causes and profits from the crisis that is threatening humanity.

There is no time to waste - Wall Street must be transformed.  Through the power of people taking collective action we will build an economy based on justice and sustainability and stop the climate crisis.

Full call to action and information here.

    9 AM - Gather @ Battery Park - Breakfast and Music from Rude Mechanical Orchestra
    9:30 AM - Speakers - including frontline community leaders of the Climate Justice Alliance, Naomi Klein, Rebecca Solnit and Chris Hedges
    11 AM -- Nonviolent Direct Action Training & March
    12 PM -- Flood Wall St. and mass Sit-in

Sign up for updates and more information:

Join the Facebook event.

On the Rise: Global and Local Front-line Communities and the Climate Crisis

Tuesday, September 16, 2014


The New School Auditorium at 66 West 12th Street, Alvin Johnson/J.M. Kaplan Hall

On September 16, just 5 days before the People's Climate Mobilization, the largest and most diverse environmental action in history, Global Climate Ambassadors from around the world will be in conversation with NYC activists to share their perspectives, discuss real solutions and confront the contradictions and disparities that result in indigenous, low-income, immigrant and people of color communities bearing the burden of the effects of climate change.  The conversation will focus on sharing each others' struggles, and the strategies they are using to halt the climate crisis and transform the climate movement.

 Cartoon: Animal Nuz #216 - Eye on Tek Edition


 If ALEC can make laws, so can Daily Kos! The Michael Brown Over-Policed Rights Act of 2015, Draft 3

Please help hone our new statute into a keen razor to scrape away scoundrels and malevolent policies and practices from our police departments. Our families need this law. Our grandchildren need this law. Every United States citizen needs this law. (In case you do not know, ALEC is the American Legislative Exchange Council, funded by the Koch brothers and corporations to quash the rights of citizens.)

Call the Cops by Rob Hustle (almost 300,000 views on YouTube):
This is what happens when you call the cops
This is what happens when you call the cops
This is what happens when you call the cops
You get your rights violated or you all get shot
I'm sick of people getting victimized by criminal cops
Psychopathic predators terrorizing neighborhood blocks
Equipped with pepper spray, mace, cuffs, tasers, and Glocks
They like serial killers acting out subliminal thoughts

Forget what you're taught

These cops have got a license to kill
Witness intimidation means that they can use it at will
Code of silence means that the pigs'll never let out a squeal
And if they go to court they know the judge'll make em a deal

We gave you a sample of the lyrics first. This video is definitely Not Suitable For Work. However, we recommend that you play it directly from YouTube with a full screen. WARNING: The YouTube video starts immediately, and Rob Hustle is angry. He used his anger about incidents like Ferguson and made the following video called "Call the Cops - Rob Hustle Featuring Liv":
Rob's video is of course not a documentary. Rob has channeled his anger about Ferguson and other attacks by police. Please do not quibble about accuracy and context and thruthful portrayals of police. A significant slice of the population views the police as Rob does in this video. Empirical evidence supports the emotion-laden content of this song. For many, the mere sight of the police evokes terror and hatred.

Certain police departments are at war with the people who pay their salaries. No respect, no restraint. How do the American police compare to their counterparts in other developed countries? A search for "Police brutality in England" found this:

Despite these high-profile cases, police shootings are rare in Britain. Last year, there were just three separate incidents in the country, and no one died.
In the year 2013, the British police used their guns in three separate incidents, and no one died. Compare that to this:
A white police officer in the United States killed a black person on average of twice per week from 2005 to 2012, according to homicide reports offered to the FBI. But this data is limited, as only about 4 percent of law enforcement agencies contributed.

There was an average of 96 such incidents out of at least 400 police killings each year that local police departments reported to the FBI, according to analysis conducted by USA Today.

Reverend William Barber said "I want you to be angry." We are angry. Our anger moves us to create a new law. Let's do some legislatin'!
 Black Kos, Week In Review
  Commentary: African American Scientists and Inventors
by Black Kos Editor, Sephius1

Samuel Massie Jr. (1919-2005) overcame racial barriers to become one of America’s greatest chemists in research and teaching. As a doctoral candidate during World War II, he worked on the Manhattan Project with Henry Gilman at Iowa State University in the development of uranium isotopes for the atomic bomb. In 1966, the U.S. Naval Academy appointed him as its first black faculty member. Massie’s research over fifty years led to the development of drugs to treat mental illness, malaria, meningitis, gonorrhea, herpes, and cancer. Chemical and Engineering News in 1998 named him one of the top seventy-five chemists of all time, along with Marie Curie, Linus Pauling, George Washington Carver, and DNA pioneers James Watson and Francis Crick.

 9/11/1973 - Justice for Victor Jara. His murderers indicted.

Three Chilean Ex-Army Officials Charged in the Murder Case of Legendary Folk Singer Victor Jara

The decades-long call for justice in the murder case of legendary Chilean folk singer Víctor Jara took another dramatic turn last week. Judge Miguel Vásquez Plaza indicted three retired ex-army officials for their roles in the brutal September 16, 1973, killing.

Hernán Chacón Soto and Patricio Vásquez Donoso face kidnapping and murder charges. Ramón Melo Silva, a former military prosecutor, stands accused of covering up the truth about what happened to Jara that day. The new charges are in addition to those brought against eight other ex-military officers in December 2012 and January 2013.


When the army staged a US-backed coup overthrowing Allende's government on September 11, 1973, Jara, alongside thousands of others, was taken captive and imprisoned at Chile Stadium in the capital city of Santiago. His wife Joan Jara and their children would never see him alive again.


After days of suffering hunger and torment, Jara met the murderous horror of fascism himself when riddled with 44 bullet wounds. As popular lore has it, the singer-poet's voice rose to sing "Venceremos," the popular hymn of Allende's campaign, before being gunned down. He might have been "disappeared" like the more than 3,000 others in the 17-year dictatorial reign of General Augusto Pinochet that followed, but Joan Jara identified his body among the piles at the morgue.

While the USA commemorates the attack of 9/11/2001, we should also remember the coup in Chile which took place on September 11, 1973.

Pete Seeger tells the story

His last poem

There are five thousand of us here
in this small part of the city.
We are five thousand.
I wonder how many we are in all
in the cities and in the whole country?
Here alone
are ten thousand hands which plant seeds
and make the factories run.
How much humanity
exposed to hunger, cold, panic, pain,
moral pressure, terror and insanity?
Six of us were lost
as if into starry space.
One dead, another beaten as I could never have believed
a human being could be beaten.
The other four wanted to end their terror
one jumping into nothingness,
another beating his head against a wall,
but all with the fixed stare of death.
What horror the face of fascism creates!
They carry out their plans with knife-like precision.
Nothing matters to them.
To them, blood equals medals,
slaughter is an act of heroism.
Oh God, is this the world that you created,
for this your seven days of wonder and work?
Within these four walls only a number exists
which does not progress,
which slowly will wish more and more for death.
But suddenly my conscience awakes
and I see that this tide has no heartbeat,
only the pulse of machines
and the military showing their midwives' faces
full of sweetness.
Let Mexico, Cuba and the world
cry out against this atrocity!
We are ten thousand hands
which can produce nothing.
How many of us in the whole country?
The blood of our President, our compañero,
will strike with more strength than bombs and machine guns!
So will our fist strike again!

How hard it is to sing
when I must sing of horror.
Horror which I am living,
horror which I am dying.
To see myself among so much
and so many moments of infinity
in which silence and screams
are the end of my song.
What I see, I have never seen
What I have felt and what I feel
Will give birth to the momentÂ…

Estadio Chile

September 1973

 The Time to Oppose War Is Now

The other day I received an e-mail from: "World Beyond War via WorldBeyondWar.org" .  Near the bottom of the main body of the e-mail was the following one line paragraph:

Please share this email with everyone you can, and encourage them to sign as well.

So, here ya go --

 Want to do Something to Reduce the Achievement Gap for At Risk Children?--Support Music Education
Recently released results of a study on the effect of music lessons on the cognitive abilities of disadvantaged children add more data to the ever growing body of evidence that music has a powerful and positive impact on the human brain, especially in children.
Researchers from the Auditory Neuroscience Laboratory at Northwestern spent two summers with children in Los Angeles who were receiving music lessons through Harmony Project, a non-profit organization providing free music education to low-income students. In order to document how music education changed children’s brains, students were hooked up to a neural probe that allowed researchers to see how children “distinguished similar speech sounds, a neural process that is linked to language and reading skills,” according to a press release.

After two years of music lessons students at the Harmony Project were performing at a much higher level than other students in the same area.

Since 2008, over 90 percent of high school seniors who participated in Harmony Project’s free music lessons went on to college, even though the high school dropout rates in the surrounding Los Angeles areas can reach up to 50 percent, according to a Northwestern press release.

For musicians, music educators, neuroscientists and pretty much anyone paying attention to the existing and emerging research on music and the brain, this comes as no surprise. What is a surprise is that with such a wealth of scholarly data on the value added by music to the academic achievement of children, it is still the first subject to be cut from most any public school curriculum.

Follow below the perasquiggle for more cool brain music stuff.

 Netroots Radio Presents: "Redwoods Go Down With Their Earth"

Justice Putnam Self-Portrait / copyright Justice Putnam

The Justice Department is on Netroots Radio.com Sundays 8pm to 9pm Pacific and Mondays 9pm to Midnight Pacific. Powered by Unity Radio Net!

I'm Special Agent DJ Justice; Radio Host and Program Director for Netroots Radio.com; and I'm manning the dials, spinning the discs, warbling the woofers, putting a slip in your hip and a trip to your hop.

The playlist for Monday 8 Sept 14 9pm to Midnight Pacific Edition of The Justice Department: Musique sans Frontieres

 ~~ "Redwoods Go Down With Their Earth" ~~

1 - Animal Collective -- "Leaf House"
2 - Wye Oak -- "Holy Holy"
3 - Massive Attack -- "Black Milk"
4 - The Rosebuds -- "Woods"
5 - Starflyer 59 -- "Red Tide"
6 - Woods -- "Rain On"
7 - Alcoholic Faith Mission -- "Escapism"

Station Break

8 -  Indian Handcrafts -- "Red Action"
9 - Odds -- "Breakthrough"
10 - The Napolean Collective -- "Purple Mountains"
11 - Blue Rodeo -- "Fools Like You"
12 - Nick Sherman --"Winterdark"
13 - Kate Rogers Band -- "Up Country"
14 - Hannah Georgas -- "Ode To Mom"
15 - Oh Susanna -- "Pueblo"

Station Break

16 - Richie Havens -- "There Is A Hole In the Future"
17 - Grateful Dead -- "Sugar Magnola"
18 - Van Morrison -- "Tupelo Honey"
19 - Jethro Tull -- "Cross Eyed Mary"
20 - Buffalo Springfield -- "I Am A Child"
21 - The Beach Boys -- "Please Let Me Wonder"
22 - The Clash -- "Charlie Don't Surf"
23 - Midnight Oil -- "Beds Are Burning"

Station Break

24 - Buffy Sainte Maire -- "My Country 'Tis Of Thy People You're Dying"
25 - Cisco Houston -- "Deportee"
26 - Yatu -- "La Luna"
27 - Ojos de Brujo -- "Tiempo de Solea"
28 - Rodrigo y Gabriela -- "Orion"
29 - Iron and Wine -- "Resurrection Fern"

Station Break

30 - Robbie Robertson -- "The Sound is Fading"
31 - Tosca -- "Rosa"
32 - Kroke -- "The Sounds of a Vanishing World"
33 - Loop Guru -- "5 AM Sunrise"
34 - Mount Madonna Choir -- "Lost in the Stars"
35 - Vangelis -- "Sirens Whispering"

Station Break

36 - Sacred Earth -- "Divine Mother"
37 - Ah Nee Mah -- "Firefall"
38 - Tinariwen -- "Ere Tasfata Adounia"
39 - Colour Haze -- "Aquamaria"

Who luvs ya, baby?


 Netroots Radio Presents: "Where Prairies Host the Sprawling City"

Justice Putnam Self-Portrait / copyright Justice Putnam

The Justice Department is on Netroots Radio.com Sundays 8pm to 9pm Pacific and Mondays 9pm to Midnight Pacific. Powered by Unity Radio Net!

I'm Special Agent DJ Justice; Radio Host and Program Director for Netroots Radio.com; and I'm manning the dials, spinning the discs, warbling the woofers, putting a slip in your hip and a trip to your hop.

The playlist for Sunday 7 Sept 14 8pm to 9pm Pacific Edition of The Justice Department: Musique sans Frontieres

 ~~ "Where Prairies Host the Sprawling City" ~~

1 - Cake -- "Italian Leather Sofa"
2 - Half Head Special -- "Chinese Blond"
3 - Boards of Canada -- "Music is Math"
4 - Porno For Pyros -- "Thick Of It All"
5 - Thievery Corporation -- "33 Degree"
6 - Sugarcubes -- "Cold Sweat"
7 - Dirty On Purpose -- "Monument"

Station Break

8 - Cranberries -- "Never Grow Old"
9 - The Cardigans -- "Don't Blame Your Daughter"
10 - Morrissey -- "Everyday is Like Sunday"
11 - Concrete Blonde -- "Mexican Moon"
12 - Ennio Morricone -- "La Bambola"
13 - Loop Guru -- "Hope"
14 - Style Council -- "Luck"
15 - Mimi & Richard Farina -- "Reno, Nevada"

Who luvs ya, baby?


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