10 Oct 2016

Protest Song Of The Week: ‘Chris Columbus’ by Head-Roc

Most of the United States marks Columbus Day on October 10, but there is a movement, which has convinced several city governments to abandon the holiday and instead celebrate Indigenous Peoples’ Day. Hip-hop artist Head-Roc, who describes himself as the mayor of D.C. hip-hop, wrote a protest song that dovetails

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04 Oct 2016

Protest Song Of The Week: ‘War’ By Nas Featuring Raye

An album of songs inspired by the film, “The Birth Of A Nation,” which opens on October 7, contains multiple protest songs celebrating Nat Turner as a black revolutionary. As the film’s website describes, the film directed by Nate Parker is set against the antebellum South. Samuel Turner, who owns

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27 Sep 2016

Protest Song Of The Week: ‘Abolish Legal Slavery’ By Moe Shinola

Guitarist and singer-songwriter Moe Shinola of Kansas City, Missouri, produced a protest song to coincide with the launch of the national prison labor strike on September 9. Called “Abolish Legal Slavery,” it specifically highlights what Shinola described as the “corporate exploitation of prison labor” and the “prisoner exception to the

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20 Sep 2016

Protest Song Of The Week: ‘America Back’ by Jill Sobule

Jill Sobule’s song, “America Back,” was performed at rallies for the Bernie Sanders presidential campaign, and it has been part of her repertoire for the past two to three years. It is now featured on a major crowd-funded protest songs compilation album that is forthcoming. “America BacK” is a robust

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13 Sep 2016

Protest Song Of The Week: ‘Attica Blues’ by Archie Shepp

Forty-five years ago, on September 13, New York Governor Nelson Rockefeller deployed the National Guard, police, and guards to crush the prisoner rebellion at the Attica state prison.  Tear gas was launched. Prisoners who were not resisting were shot and killed. Torture and abuse of prisoners was employed to restore

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06 Sep 2016

Protest Song Of The Week: ‘Attica State’ by John Lennon And Yoko Ono

This week, on September 9, it will be 45 years since the Attica rebellion. Prisoners in various facilities throughout the country plan to engage in a long-term labor strike against prison slavery, many of the same conditions prisoners at Attica state prison in New York resisted. Thirty-three prisoners and ten

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30 Aug 2016

Protest Song Of The Week: ‘R.E.D.’ By A Tribe Called Red

A Tribe Called Red is an indigenous Canadian DJ collective. The group describes their music as a “modern gateway into urban and contemporary indigenous culture and experience, celebrating all its layers and complexity.” They seek to promote “inclusivity, empathy, and acceptance amongst all races and genders in the name of

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23 Aug 2016

Protest Song Of The Week: ‘Superfund’ by Mother And The Boards

Kazoo Studios, who grew up in the New York City suburbs, is the lead singer for the band, Mother & the Boards. She sent along this recently released protest song about our collective apathy toward the degradation and destruction of Planet Earth. In the song called “Superfund,” Studios sings about

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17 Aug 2016

Protest Song Of The Week: ‘Got Guns?’ by Pete Kronowitt

Folk musician Pete Kronowitt irreverently sings about the NRA and gun culture, especially its effects on children. It’s off his new album, “A Lone Voice.”

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01 Aug 2016

Protest Song Of The Week: ‘Uncle Sam Goddamn’

“Welcome to the United Snakes. Land of the thief, home of the slave. Grand imperial guard, where the dollar is sacred and power is God,” Brother Ali raps on “Uncle Sam Goddamn,” a contemporary classic protest song. The song is about the legacy of genocide, slavery, and imperialism in the United

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