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Protest Music

Here's a link to the Protest Music Group at DailyKos.com.

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.

 Could This Be The Face Of Israel's Next Prime Minister?
"We want an Israel that celebrates diversity, where tolerance is not a weakness it’s a strength. We want an Israel that teaches its poor with compassion. We want an Israel that treats minorities with respect. We will not stay silent to racist rants. We want an Israel that treats every citizen as equal regardless of their origin, religion, of financial status. We want an Israel where public officials are held accountable and where public money is distributed with transparency. And above all we want an Israel that does not control millions of Palestinians. We want an Israel that is constantly working for peace."
Meet Stav Shaffir, the youngest female member of the Knesset legislative branch, in the history of Israel. The 29-year old breathes hope for many, with her words of peace, justice, and solidarity. Shaffir is a fierce advocate for government transparency, women's rights, equal marriage, peace with Iran, and the end of Gaza occupation - a sort of Liberal dream come true. And she has no problems calling out the Right, calling out corruption, and and calling out Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, as shown in this YouTube videoclip that went viral last January, 2015.
In March of 2015, Shaffir spoke at the 5th National J Street Conference in Washington DC, and her presence was said to be one of the highlights of this year's forum. To the dismay of many attending the conference, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had just won reelection, and spirits were low. But Shav Shaffir was not there to commiserate. She began her speech with strength and encouragement.  
“Since I arrived in the United States I have heard frustration I haven’t heard in the past, beyond frustration — almost despair,” said Shaffir. “But despair, this we cannot afford.”
Here is the video of Stav Shaffir's entire speech at the 2015 J Street Conference. (She is introduced by Molly Freeman).
The 2015 J Street speech above was first time I heard Stav Shaffer speak, and I was mesmerized. She has that 'gift' I see so seldom, and so often cannot forget. Bound for greatness, she beams with integrity, and Israel is fortunate to have her. The world is fortunate to have her, and we can only wonder what amazing things Shaffir will accomplish during her lifetime. I join others in hoping one of those accomplishments will include a reign as Israel's Prime Minister.
Read more about Stav Shaffir:
Special thanks to Benjamin F, and The Sisterood/Foward.com.
Image by Americans Against Republican Wars.
NOTE: The J Street YouTube video is cued to Shaffir's speech. You can rewind/fast-forward to view other J Street Conference speakers.
 Calling all kossacks - help needed - please rec this

$343 is not that much money...but it is needed by tomorrow. I posted a diary earlier via the Daily Kos Fund Raisers group, but it didn't get much attention and only raised $60 - which I and Fineena are both very grateful for - but she's in a jam and needs the additional $343 so she can pay for her dentist's appointment tomorrow morning.

Please rec this diary and kick in a little if you can. If enough of us give just a little, we should be able to do this. It's really not that much money spread over the dkos audience. Let's get some attention for this cause so we can ease Fineena's mind about tomorrow.

And thank you to the daily kos community for all you do.

I'll repeat the pertinent info from the earlier diary below the thing to provide context and the information you'll need to ACT. Please help us tonight if you possibly can.

It starts with an email I received today from Fineena:

 The Woodstock Photo

About 20 years ago an old and dear friend from my youth showed me a photo I had forgotten existed. It was an old time-ravaged black and white of me and my old friend, Bobby Hall. It is the only photo, as far as I'm aware, of us at (or near) Woodstock in 1969. You'd have to google the sign to know it's Woodstock (we're still not quite there but we're close, maybe 50 miles, not sure). It's poor quality and taken from too far away, but at least it has maximum peace signs.

 I'm Watching YouTube Steal My S#!+ in Real Time

Being in the middle of a national promotion campaign for a record launch in 2 days, I've been required to self-google several times a day to catch radio station playlists, review posts, etc.

Today, I've been watching Google/YouTube post scores of title card videos of my songs, without consultation or permission.

YouTube is (apparently badly) launching its music stream service and my digital gateway (CD Baby) is currently set to allow streaming. What YT is doing, though, is posting full length title card vids within YouTube itself, meaning anyone with YT download/conversion software will have a free and open vault of my and thousands of other artists' work until YouTube figures out just how they're going to stream.

So far, I've been filing copyright takedown requests and sending messages but to no avail. Even sat on hold for two hours (a chipper, 20something voice warned, "Hey, we're really busy today, so hold times could be over an hour") before being robotically informed they simply couldn't take my call and told support documents could be found at google.com.

Spoke with the folks at CDBaby, who said I'd have to cut off all streamers to make it stop. The problem is, other streamers, however minuscule their payments, aren't laying out a free lunch of my shit in such an easily rippable form.

Most infuriating, perhaps, is that nearly all of these songs already have produced, original videos made, on YouTube, monetized, making money with ads (money of which I've never seen dime one). Videos that were produced to enhance the value of the tracks.

I know it's all a racket, that musicians aren't supposed to get paid anymore, that we're simply here to provide our work for whatever people want to use it for and grovel for the .000001 cents a play, but this is just incompetent.

 International Day of Action in the Fight for $15. Pics from around the World.

In Oakland, California, every McDonald's in the city but one was shut down beginning at 8:00 AM for an hour in a coordinated  show of force to demand $15 and a union.

All the actions then converged on the remaining McDonald's - at 45th & Telegraph - for a final shutdown action.  Robert Reich, UC Professor and former Secretary of Labor, visited the action and may have spoken.

This afternoon at 1:00 PM there will be a march from Oscar Grant Plaza in Oakland to Sproul Plaza on the UC Berkeley Campus, where the largest rally ever in the East Bay for the Fight for $15 will be being held.  Thousands are expected, converging from all over Northern California.

Below are tweetpics from actions around the globe on this International Day of Action in the fight for a living wage.

 From Popular Resistance: Fight for $15, "Largest Ever Worker Mobilization In US On Tax Day"

jpmassar has a great diary up with pics form around the world!


Fast-Food Workers to Strike in 230 Cities; Adjunct Professors, Home Care, Child Care, Airport, Industrial Laundry and Walmart Workers to Protest Coast to Coast

#BlackLivesMatter Activists and Students from 200 College Campuses to Join Forces; Global Protests, Strikes to Cover Six Continents

On Tax Day, fast-food workers from Pittsburgh to Pasadena will walk off the job, while adjunct professors, home care, child care, airport, industrial laundry and Walmart workers will march and rally in what will be the most widespread mobilization ever by U.S. workers seeking higher pay.

The two-and-a-half-year-old Fight for $15 will go to college, with protests expected by students from 200 campuses. Activists organizing around #BlackLivesMatter will join in as the ties between the racial and economic justice movements deepen. And the marches and rallies will stretch around the globe, with protests expected in more than 100 cities, in 35 countries, on six continents, from Sao Paolo to Tokyo. The first global strikes coordinated with U.S. workers are scheduled for Italy and New Zealand.

Full article here:
 Sharp-Tongued Rand

His positions toward women (and LGBTs, minorities, and just about everyone else) are far more offensive than his behavior toward women journalists  . . . but he's comedic gold!

 North Mississippi Allstars

Ready for some rockin' blues?

North Mississippi Allstars is an American southern rock/blues band from Hernando, Mississippi, founded in 1996.
 DOJ intervenes in case of Ashley Diamond

 photo Ashley_Diamond_zpsva39xxxv.jpgThe Department of Justice has filed a 19-page brief in the case of Ashley Diamond v Owens, et al. in a District Court in Georgia.

Ms. Diamond, 36, lived openly as a transgender woman since she was a teen, but was arrested for theft, probation violation, escape, and obstruction of justice.  She was convicted and sentenced to a maximum of 11 years.  She was, of course, sent to a male prison.

You’d have thought she murdered a small village.  But it was their final chance to get her out of Rome, and they did.

--Charles Neal Sumlin, victim of the theft

 Love Is All♥Playing For Change
♥For All My Friends And Good People Everywhere♥ TerraCycle Nationwide Program.
♥HUD Helps Public Housing Residents Become Homeowners. And More Great Links.

A Kossack told me about this in a comment. Take to the Hills! is a Douglas, Arizona based project that collects clothing, food, water, blankets, building supplies, medical supplies, school supplies and other items then delivers them directly to communities in the Sierra Madres, Sierra Alta, Rio Sonora and other regions of northern Mexico.

Del Cabarga
Program Director
1214 11 Street
Douglas, Az. 85607
(520) 236-4675 Cellular

Another Kossack, told me about this one. Purple Mountain Institute
Animal-facilitated programs offered to at-risk youth, veterans, and developmentally disabled participants include Hiking with Goats, Hoods in the Woods, and Horse Sense.

It's almost that time of year again. In some parts of the US, it already is. So I just wanted to share.

Never Swim When There's No Life-Guard And Never Swim Alone!
Natural Insect Repellent Plants And Pesticides

Mosquito Repellent Plants

Have you heard about the large cattail punk rods that grow in wetland areas. They look like two foot incense sticks, You dry them out and light them. They burn and smolder. A natural way to keep the mosquitos away. The kids next door to me used to gather them. But maybe you can find them at a farmer's market too.

We were discussing these on a diary a couple of weeks ago. One diarist called them punk rods. You were correct!

Cattail Punks Typha Latifolia

Another really good thing is, Electronic Pest Repellers

Don't use electronic pest repellers if you have pets. It could cause irreversible damage to their nervous system and damage their hearing among other things.

Electronic Pest Repellers Wikipedia

✰Good Nutrition, So Important/Resources✰
Let’s Move!
Some Good Quotes, I've Collected.

No man's error becomes his own Law; nor obliges him to persist in it. Thomas Hobbs

Revolutions go not backward. Ralph Waldo Emerson

Love is all we have, the only way that each can help the other. Euripides

Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will.
Be The Change You Want To See In The World!
Even if you are a minority of one, the truth is the truth.
There are people in the world so hungry, that God cannot appear to them except in the form of bread.

It is easy to hate and it is difficult to love. This is how the whole scheme of things works. All good things are difficult to achieve; and bad things are very easy to get. Confucius

No man ever believes that the Bible means what it says: He is always convinced that it says what he means. George Bernard Shaw

Friendship is not something you learn in school. But if you haven't learned the meaning of friendship, you really haven't learned anything. Muhammad Ali

Love Conquers All. Virgil

Tell Pres Obama, Please Don't Let Another Gulf Coast Oil Spill Happen!

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