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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.

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 Support these steps to stop police abuse. All our rights are under attack
A broad coalition of groups who are engaged in defending our rights has come together in response to the events in Ferguson, and beyond:

Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, A. Phillip Randolph Institute, Advancement Project, American Civil Liberties Union, Hip Hop Caucus, Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, National Action Network, National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP),NAACP-Legal Defense Fund,National Coalition on Black Civic Participation, Black Women’s Roundtable (BWR), National Bar Association, National Urban League, Rainbow Push Coalition

They have issued this statement, but what is most important, they have outlined clearly articulated steps for moving forward.  

A Unified Statement of Action to Promote Reform and Stop Police Abuse

As national civil and human rights organizations and leaders committed to the protection of the rights of African Americans and all Americans, we come together as a unified collective to urgently impress upon elected officials, law enforcement, the legal profession, businesses and all those in this nation interested in social justice, that we must not allow the killing of Michael Brown and other unarmed individuals across this nation to be in vain.  As organizational leaders we represent millions across this country who are, as the old saying goes – “sick and tired of being sick and tired.”

As we all mourn the loss of Michael Brown and remain steadfast in our unyielding support for his mother and father who have suffered a loss no parent should endure, we also continue to call upon the community at large to make sure that this tragedy results in future systemic change to prevent similar tragic shootings and the use of excessive force.  We commend the actions of President Barack Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder Jr. and other elected officials for their strong stance against the senseless use of deadly force and the militarization of law enforcement in Ferguson, Missouri.  We are now extremely concerned with the increasingly unstable situation in Ferguson and encourage more respectful responses from elected officials, along with a permanent restructuring of law enforcement so that it is more reflective of the racial and gender diversity and the overall needs of the community.

Beyond Ferguson, we must similarly demand mutual respect from law enforcement and elected officials toward other affected communities where lives have been tragically lost and endangered

Take a look below the fold to see what they are supporting, proposing and demanding.
 Let's Not Let This Get Buried: Deported Children Being Killed After Being Sent Back.

It's bad enough when 18 year olds get executed and infants get flash-bang grenaded. Do we as a country have to knowingly send children to their death as well?  Apparently so.

Between five and ten migrant children have been killed since February after the United States deported them back to Honduras, a morgue director told the Los Angeles Times.


San Pedro Sula morgue director Hector Hernandez told the Los Angeles Times that his morgue has taken in 42 dead children since February. According to an interview with relatives by the LA Times, one teenager was shot dead hours after getting deported.


Hugo Ramon Maldonado of the Committee for the Protection of Human Rights in Honduras believes that about 80 percent of Hondurans making the exodus are fleeing crime or violence.

And if they are not being murdered, unsavory fates await some:
...one teenage girl told a border agent that she was afraid of being forced into prostitution...

According to a United Nations report, at least 58 percent of the children cited “international protection needs” as in they were seeking protection from the international community because their home governments could no longer protect them.

California and other states have accepted these children in significant numbers. In Oakland
Since last June, 350 Central American immigrant students have come to Oakland Unified School District alone. About half of them don’t have parents with them and they normally stay with a sibling or other family.
in San Francisco
Recent enrollment figures show that 250 more students have enrolled in SFUSD’s Newcomer Pathways programs compared to this time last year.”
and across California.
Over 3,900 unaccompanied alien juveniles have been released to sponsors in the state of California from January 1 to July 31 this year alone.
We don't need anyone sent back to find themselves in danger of any kind. The US can accept all these refugee children, at least until such time as they can be safely reunited with their families.  It is insane and cold-blooded to do otherwise.
 DOJ May Expand Ferguson Inquiry

Anyone who has been following the Ferguson protest has probably heard of the past difficulties that the Ferguson PD has had in dealings with the African American community. Jen Hayden wrote  Ferguson police beat a man and then charged him with 'destruction of property' for bloody uniforms about the case where a black man was charged with damage to police property because his blood landed on their uniforms while they were beating him. The charges were later denied by the officers in depositions for the lawsuit that Mr Davis filed against the police department.

The NY Times is reporting

Mr. Holder and top Justice Department officials were weighing whether to open a broader civil rights investigation to look at Ferguson’s police practices at large, according to law enforcement officials who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss internal talks. The issue came up after news reports revealed a 2009 case in which a man said that four police officers beat him, then charged him with damaging government property — by getting blood on their uniforms.

Under Mr. Holder, the Justice Department has opened nearly two dozen such investigations into police departments nationwide, more than twice as many as were opened in the previous five years, according to department data.

My hope is that he will extend the investigation, not only to the Ferguson PD, but to the St. Louis County Police Department as well. And when they do, that they learn all about the experiences of Sgt. Daniel O'Neil.
 I met Jesus in the desert over the weekend

Come back to earth as a woman. Not only that, she drinks whiskey, smokes a little reefer, plays guitar and fiddle and drops the F bomb every once in a while. Did I mention she also has a voice that can make the angles cry and then shout and dance with joy and is married and has four daughters? And I got to sing and play along with her!

This last weekend my band and 5 other bands went out to the desert in SE Oregon to play a little music festival to benefit the local children’s food bank. This is our second year doing this gig. It is the brain child of one of my band mates who moved out there to retire. Being an unrepentant bleeding heart liberal, he was concerned about the unemployment and poverty that left too many of the families scrapping by. Fortunately one of the mega ranchers in the area had decided to honor his father and built a new public park in the middle of the town. That was about three years ago and then he built a really great stage at the west end of the park last year. My friend saw an opportunity to get the band down to his place for a good time and to perform for a community that doesn’t get a lot of entertainment out their way.

Couldn’t have just one band for a concert in the park, so with the help of our musician friends, we all agreed to organize a music festival.  We cobbled together a sound system from all of our gear, loaded it up in about 8 vehicles, drove the 270 miles to my friend’s house and set about putting it all together at the park. It worked!

After the success of that first year, the mega rancher decided (with a suggestion from my friend) that a permanent sound system should be purchased to have on hand for any future events. With a budget of $5,000 we put together a kick ass system so that this year it could all be stored in one place and could be set up in an hour and a half. Got to use it for a 4th of July concert and worked out all the kinks. All set for this year’s music festival!

 Netroots Radio Presents: "The Monstrance of Bleeding Chains"

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 18 August 14 9pm to Midnight Pacific Edition of The Justice Department: Musique sans Frontieres

 ~~ "The Monstrance of Bleeding Chains" ~~

1 - Black Keys -- "The Only One"
2 - R L Burnside -- "It's Bad You Know"
3 - Los Cenzontles, David Hidalgo and Taj Mahal -- "No Work"
4 - Russian Red -- "No Past Land"
5 - Dave Van Ronk -- "He Was A Friend Of Mine"
6 - Yeah Yeah Yeahs -- "Runaway"
7 - The Radio Dept -- "Strange Things Will Happen"

Station Break

8 - Buffalo Springfield --  "I Am A Child"
9  - Simon & Garfunkel -- "For Emily, Whenever I May Find Her"
10- Gotan Project -- "Paris, Texas"
11 - Death Cab For Cutie -- "Transatlanticism"
12 - The Postal Service -- "The District Sleeps Alone Tonight"
13 - The Doors -- "You're Lost Little Girl"
14 - Blood Orange -- "Sutphin Boulevard"

Station Break

15 - Cider Sky -- "Shooting Stars"
16 - The Wooden Birds -- The Other One
17 - Micatone -- "Nomad Sinners Lounge"
18 - The Sound Defects -- "Angels"
19 - Nouvelle Vague -- "Aussi Belle Ou Une Balle"
20 - Montefiori Cocktail -- "Tequila Bum Bum"
21 - Martin Deny -- "Hypnotique"

Station Break

22 - Cara Dillon -- "Black Is The Color"
23 - Lila Downs -- "Mi Corazon me Recuerda"
24 - Compay Segundo -- "Juliancito"
25 - Astor Piazzolla -- "Invierno Porteno"
26 - Paco Ibanez -- "Los Versos Mas Tristres"
27 - Stan Getz -- "Samba De Una Nota"

Station Break

28 - Abdullah Chhadeh & Syriana -- "Ana Araby"
29 - Malouma -- "Yerab"
30 - Tinariwen -- "Le Chant des Fauves"
31 - Radio Tarifa -- "Sin Palabras"
32 - Dead Can Dance -- "Agape"

Station Break

33 - Mandrake & Ripper -- "War is Too Important"
34 - Flipper -- "Sex Bomb"
35 - Mission of Burma -- "Dead Pool"
36 - L7 -- "Pretend We're Dead"
37 - Television -- "Marquee Moon"

Who luvs ya, baby?


 Michael Brown Autopsy Released. Children Teargased & People Injured in Ferguson Tonight

Autopsy Shows Michael Brown Was Struck at Least 6 Times

FERGUSON, Mo. — Michael Brown, the unarmed black teenager who was killed by a police officer, sparking protests around the nation, was shot at least six times, including twice in the head, a preliminary private autopsy performed on Sunday found.

One of the bullets entered the top of Mr. Brown’s skull, suggesting his head was bent forward when it struck him and caused a fatal injury, according to Dr. Michael M. Baden, the former chief medical examiner for the City of New York, who flew to Missouri on Sunday at the family’s request to conduct the separate autopsy. It was likely the last of bullets to hit him, he said.

Mr. Brown, 18, was also shot four times in the right arm, he said, adding that all the bullets were fired into his front.

There is more - http://www.nytimes.com/...


 Happy Birthday, Son. Keep Your Hands Where They Can See Them and Don't Ever Try To Run.
Future Mr. and Mrs. Bastrop at the Washington Journalism Conference, senior year in High School.
Tomorrow is my oldest son's birthday and the week after next he will enter Middle School. Watching your child gain an important year toward adulthood is always bittersweet. Crossing over the line into adolescence from young childhood is a major reality check for parent and child. I've been ambivalent lately about my oldest boy growing up. I'm not the kind of parent who tries to stop it and I'm definitely not in denial, but there is a wistfulness to seeing maturity happen, when childhood is almost gone.

So it was with a tremendously sinking feeling that, when I walked in on him this morning as he lay across my unmade bed watching footage of Ferguson on MSNBC and I asked him if he knew what was going on, his answer was a devastatingly innocent "No, but I'm glad I'm not there. I'm glad that isn't me."

No, son, that isn't you. But it very surely could be...

 "His hands were in the air" - New song by a friend of mine

About David Rovics

David Rovics grew up in a family of classical musicians in Wilton, Connecticut, and became a fan of populist regimes early on. By the early 90's he was a full-time busker in the Boston subways and by the mid-90's he was traveling the world as a professional flat-picking rabble-rouser. These days David lives in Portland, Oregon and tours regularly on four continents, playing for audiences large and small at cafes, pubs, universities, churches, union halls and protest rallies. He has shared the stage with a veritable who's who of the left in two dozen countries, and has had his music featured on Democracy Now!, BBC, Al-Jazeera and other networks. His essays are published regularly on CounterPunch and elsewhere, and the 200+ songs he makes available for free on the web have been downloaded more than a million times. Most importantly, he's really good. He will make you laugh, he will make you cry, he will make the revolution irresistible.
 Gentle Giant Michael Brown -- ANON releases Dispatch tapes from Brown murder. Live.
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I ran across some information that offers another way to think about and remember Mike Brown and his ongoing contribution to society.

Mike was a big guy who his family called their "Gentle Giant." He was built to be a high school football player -- direct from central casting -- but Mike was too timid for the sport. According to friends and family, he had never been in a fight in his life. And, of course, it logically follows that Mike Brown had never had a criminal record or a single run-in with the police. He lived with his parents and threatened and intimidated no one. At school, he was that kid who was full of jokes and trying to make others laugh.

Still... Mike Brown was a big guy. And he was black, living in a majority black town of 21,000 residents ruled by a white police force.

Although his home town, Ferguson, has a poverty rate about twice Missouri’s average, it could boast some major industries where many were employed, including the world headquarters of Emerson Electronics, a $24 billion company. Also in Ferguson is Express Scripts, a national pharmacy benefits manager that employs thousands in the St. Louis area.

There were opportunities in place -- and ten days before he was shot to death -- Mike Brown achieved the greatest victory of his young life:

He earned his diploma on August 1st, through sheer dogged persistence. Not only that -- Mike was accepted and enrolled into a vocational school specializing in air conditioning and heating, a career journey into the future, which was to begin just days after he was murdered by the Ferguson police.

Mike's graduation photograph was taken in March 2014, still many months ahead of when he would be able to graduate in August. Imagine the "why" of this fact:

The grinding poverty in Mike's world only allowed Normandy High School to acquire two graduation gowns to be shared by the entire class. The students passed a gown from one to the other. Each put the gown on, in turn, and sat before the camera to have their graduation photographs taken. Until it was Mike's turn.

But Mike wouldn't be graduating in May with the rest of his class. There were additional class credits he needed to acquire and final exams yet to pass. So, Mike worked throughout the summer, every single day, to earn that diploma. According to his teacher, John Kennedy, Mike pushed himself hard:

Mike Brown didn’t have it easy, Kennedy said.

At the school’s alternative program, Kennedy was always the first one in the building. The place would be empty. He’d unlock the doors at 7 a.m. and he’d always find Brown standing there, smiling. Classes didn’t start until 8 a.m. But Brown was there. First one in the door.

On Tuesday, Kennedy, who has taught at Normandy for 19 years, struggled to reconcile that memory with how his former student was now part of a national debate, his death the spark for unrest in the streets. It wasn’t supposed to turn out like this. Not for Mike Brown.

This is a brief glimpse of Michael Brown's life and achievements. In a haunting Facebook post, just days before his murder, Mike Brown wrote:  "If I leave this earth today, at least you'll know I care about others more than my damn self."


His death is another issue entirely and can only be understood against of the backdrop of poverty and racism in America. There are plenty of discussions going on here and across the nation about that.

None of these discussions will change anything in America any more than the endless discussions about Sandy Hook changed anything. It's war. The American Civil war. And it has been raging for 160 years.

The question then arises:  "Why bother to blog about it? What is the point?"

Quite coincidentally, I ran across a statement today on another blog, where the owner answered that question. I was very moved by what he had to say:

Today is my 70th birthday. That means for me that it is time to think about the last part of my life….

My generation has left an awful legacy to the young. As you well know dear Reader, there is little that any one person can do to change things….

But, life is fluid and even tiny changes in one part of the universe can affect other parts in ways we cannot possibly comprehend.

When we act, we do it because we hope and believe that a known effect or effects might come from our actions.

So it is with no more than faith that I throw my blog, this tiny pebble in the ocean of human thought, hoping that somehow, something I say may indeed make it better for generations to come.

Therefore, I am going to throw The Tiny Pebble, below, into the ocean of opinions about whether or not the US and its militarized police are engaged in a civil war against minorities and the poor in America.

Who knows? It might make a difference.

St. Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar
has become the target of an Anonymous cyberwar.

Photographs taken inside Police Chief's home show a Confederate flag displayed on the living room wall.

In the dark hours leading into Tuesday morning, someone posted a photo of Belmar’s house on Twitter. Then his home address and phone number.

By afternoon, eerie photos started to circulate on social media, including pictures reportedly taken inside his home.

Below is a picture of his son, Colin, fooling around in Chief Belmar's living room. Let us add this photograph to the fodder of the discussions going on around the country. St. Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar certainly believes he is still fighting the Civil War for the South.

Do you?


Anonymous has acquired the police dispatch tapes recorded during the police murder of Michael Brown. They will reportedly be released sometime this morning.

[UPDATE] -- 12PM PST -- Dispatch tape recorded during the shooting of Michael Brown has been released by Anonymous:

 White & Black in America is as Clear as Black & White

As clear as black and white.

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