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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.

 (Update x 3) September 21st NYC People's Climate March - Videos, Media Coverage, and Diaries

By many reports, there were over 300,000 people demanding action to combat the menace of Climate Change today in New York City.

Here are a few sights and sounds from this historic day along with a few media reports and diaries posted over the past three days.  Our blogathon isn't over as more is to come over the next couple of days.

The People's Climate March NYC Sept 21 2014
 "We are Stardust. We are Golden and We've got to get Ourselves back to the Garden"

by Sue Homer


by Joni Mitchell  
I came upon a child of God
He was walking along the road
And I asked him where are you going
And this he told me
I'm going on down to Yasgur's farm
I'm going to join in a rock 'n' roll band
I'm going to camp out on the land
I'm going to try an' get my soul free

We are stardust
We are golden
And we've got to get ourselves
Back to the garden

Then can I walk beside you
I have come here to lose the smog
And I feel to be a cog in something turning
Well maybe it is just the time of year
Or maybe it's the time of man
I don't know who I am
But you know life is for learning

We are stardust
We are golden
And we've got to get ourselves
Back to the garden

By the time we got to Woodstock
We were half a million strong
And everywhere there was song and celebration
And I dreamed I saw the bombers
Riding shotgun in the sky
And they were turning into butterflies
Above our nation

We are stardust
Billion year old carbon
We are golden
Caught in the devil's bargain
And we've got to get ourselves
back to the garden

© Siquomb Publishing Company

Over forty years ago, Joni Mitchell wrote the song that became the anthem of a generation. It is a song I remember watching Joni perform on Dick Cavett's Woodstock Show. It's a song that has reverberated through the years, one that has a special meaning this weekend and the days, weeks, and months ahead.

This weekend, by the hundreds of thousands around the world, we are making our way back to the garden. Our garden. Our home. Our beautiful blued world. It is past time for us all to take a stand.

 Jazz: Bud Powell

Earl Rudolph "Bud" Powell was born September 27, 1924 and grew up in Harlem, NYC. He died at age 41 on July 31, 1966 after years of alcohol abuse and mental illness that was certainly aggravated, if not created, by institutional practices archaic and likely.

It’s rather fair and accurate to say that Bud was the “Charlie Parker” of the piano. Thelonious Monk may have been called the High Priest of Bebop, but it was Bud who innovated the modern style of piano playing for the Be Bop period and beyond. In his prime, he is every bit as impressive as Art Tatum or Bird. In his final years, not so much. Bud suffered much and was under appreciated in his lifetime.

I can’t help but sometimes think on how we (rightfully!) praise, admire, and cherish the work of Van Gogh and collectively see his mental illness, self-abuse, and death as a source of tragedy and even shame on us for allowing it and yet the work of people like Bud Powell and even Charlie Parker is often judged as inferior because of the self-abuse and mental illness. We’re just about the same amount of time now between the period of Bird and Bud and today as the period of Bird and Bud was from Van Gogh’s, but the artistic celebration today is far from equal to what it was for Van Gogh in 1950.

I have nothing but praise for Van Gogh. I’ve even made the effort to view his pieces in museums in Amsterdam and Paris and currently have both Starry Night and The Café printed on t-shirts. But the attention to the Great Painter is sure different than what it is towards the icons of Jazz. I wonder why that is? Is it simply the art form and how we value certain forms art over others? Or could it be...um...something else?

And Ya…I compared Bud Powell to Charlie Parker and Vincent Van Gogh. Heheh

 Can 100,000+ be heard past the crickets? Climate March in NYC right now ...

Around the globe, people have taken to the streets today to march for climate awareness and, even more importantly, Climate Action.  

Last count,  0957 EST, 2808 events in 166 countries with some 100,000+ in New York at this time.

A simple and fundamental question:

Will the 100,000 plus in New York spark a shift in American politics?

As we need it to, will Climate Change risks, mitigation, and adaptation become a true centerpiece of American political discourse, social dynamics, and investment -- from individuals to communities to business to the general society?

In New York, for me, one of the most appealing elements is not the mass mobilization numbers but the serious effort to provide space and structure for highlighting a range of reasons for concern and pathways forward.  Not only is there organizing by groups (from States to LGBT to faith to clean energy to ...) but the march itself is structured to enable highlighting the diversity of issues/approaches with six major organizing elements:

1. Frontlines; The communities being hard hit, NOW, are in the forefront of the march just as they are on the leading edge of climate chaos damage.

2. We can build the future:  Labor, families, children ... we have the resources to create the future we need.

3.  Solutions:  From clean energy to better food production to better land management, we have real and viable solutions -- in place -- ready for deployment for real change.

4. We know who is responsible: there are villains and nasty actors -- we know who is holding back progress.

5.  The debate is over: while there are always details to work out, the science is clear -- climate change is occurring, humanity's thumb is tipping the scales to drive it, and this is creating ever-greater risks.

6. To change everything, we need everyone -- religious organizations, student groups, politicians, businesses, everyone ...

Note that this is not 'climate science' nor 'environmental' but an attempt to represent the range of society, the range of perspectives, to highlight that this is an all-emcompassing issue that impacts everything and has implications for everyone ...

And, when it comes to "everyone", that includes the media -- traditional to new media.  

The Washington Post editorial page recently published six days straight of editorials laying out why climate change matters and requires attention/action. While certainly problem filled, this was a strong series. In today's dead-tree edition of the Washington Post, as there are 2808 events around the world and 100,000+ strong in New York, there is crickets as to the People's Climate March and the UN Climate Summit.

As the crickets sing in my garden (and, sigh, inside my home all night long .... got into walls ...), the dead-tree edition that I opened up this morning had deafening crickets on today's mass mobilization.

But, the dead tree world isn't alone.

Here at Daily Kos, there is (yet again) an impassioned climate Blogathon(see after the fold) calling attention to the UN Climate Summit and today's march.  Yet again, the Daily Kos community has brought in eloquent, powerful (in multiple ways -- both in voice and in life position), and prominent people.  And, yet again with the notably strong exception of Meteor Blades and today's Devilstower/Mark Sumner pundit review, the front page is notable for its crickets on climate change as the march goes on and with the UN Climate Summit this coming week (see front page diary list ...)

2808 events in 166 countries ...

100,000+ on the streets in New York ...

Engagement from political elite ...

Yet, crickets ...

What will it take?

For far too long, Climate Change has been pigeon-holed as "environmental" and commented on as "your issue" to those who comment that this requires across the board attention and action.

Yet again, a major climate action ...

Yet again, a major silence from the Daily Kos 'elite' and 'management'.

It has been asserted -- make it politically relevant and we will come.  

Hmmm ... where has the site been on KXL?

Hmmm ... how engaged has the front page been about the strength/weakness of Steyer's engagement on politics?

Hmmm ... the crickets at DKos are overwhelming.  

With that in mind, with such deafening crickets from Progressive elite voices, how can we find it atrocious that (increasingly conservative) mainstream media like the Washington Post don't highlight the march?

We face a time where we must all crawl, hobble, march demanding attention to and action on climate change.

If you care about progressive society, you must call for climate action because climate chaos' costs and havoc will undermine any ability to move forward on issue after issue.

Climate change is not a pet issue ...

Climate change is not a stove-piped issue, to be put aside for 'later reflection' ...

Climate change is not something to the side ...

It is a reality ...

And, it is a reality that is central to our prospects for the future ... as individuals, families, communities, and nations.

The time for crickets is done ...

It is time to hear and amplify the drumbeats 100,000s of shoes marching in New York.

Tt is time to hear and amplify the voices of those marching in New York and around the world.

It is time ...

 Announcing PeoplesClimate.tv: March Livestream and People's Videos
I'm excited to announce that I will providing livestreamed, on-the-ground coverage of the People's Climate March this Sunday and at follow-up actions in the days ahead at PeoplesClimate.tv.

The world needs a wake-up call. Climate change, and the destructive economy that propels it, must finally be taken seriously.

The People's Climate March hits New York City and hundreds of locations across the globe in less than 48 hours. Activists and organizers have labored for months to make this -- not just the biggest climate march in history -- but the wake-up call the world's been waiting for.

 People's Climate March Has Begun All Over the World

So things are starting to hum in New York City: I'm wandering between the Village and Alphabet City to hear one panel after another. It feels like the march is going to be big tomorrow--do whatever you can to make it bigger. And louder: bring something to make some noise.

But the real fun right now is watching the images flood in from around the world--there are going to be 2900 "solidarity actions" and from the early returns they are going to be both big and beautiful. I'm useless at posting pictures, but i think if you click on them you'll seem some beautiful pictures from

Nilgiri Hills, India: https://www.flickr.com/...

Hyderabad: https://www.flickr.com/...

Zurich: https://www.flickr.com/...

Bujumbura in Burundi https://www.flickr.com/...

There will be an endless flow here https://www.flickr.com/...

and someone with superior computer skillz can help figure out how to make them appear more elegantly. Got to go off and welcome some more new arrivals!

 You haven't seen me in a while. Here's why.

Hey fellow Kossacks,

It's been a pleasure being part of this extraordinary community for almost ten years now. I started writing here in 2005, amassing hundreds of diaries before I started writing once or twice a day at Digby's place in 2011. I've also been writing at Salon, Alternet and every other weekend at Washington Monthly.

But now for the first time in over three years I'm taking a sabbatical from writing, because I'm plowing 14 hours a day into the biggest fight against Big Oil in the entire country, as campaign manager for Measure P in Santa Barbara County. I've managed and been field director on a bunch of campaigns before, including a recent hotly contested supervisor race, an Assembly race, and a bunch of local races. But none of them have had the wide-reaching national consequences of this one.

As you may know, California is sitting on some of the nastiest, dirtiest oil deposits in the country. The only way to get at them is by fracking them, acidizing them, or pumping billions of gallons of steam into them (cyclic steam injection). These techniques waste and pollute huge amounts of water during a drought, put human health and the environment at risk, and generate massive carbon emissions.

Some of us have been trying to get a statewide fracking ban passed, but without success so far. So activists in a few counties are taking it upon themselves to try to pass local bans, including in Santa Barbara County--where local oil companies are planning to drill over 7,700 new wells, generating a million cars' a year worth of carbon emissions just to drill the wells alone. Big Oil knows that if they can stop these local fracking bans, they'll have a much better chance of blunting momentum toward a statewide moratorium on fracking in California and elsewhere.

 On Tuesday, help Daily Kos register voters for National Voter Registration Day
Volunteers at National Voter Registration Day
We all know what the stakes are in November. Democrats could lose the Senate, and it’s not just because the targeted races are largely in red states. Voter turnout in midterm elections drops off disproportionately among young people, single women and people of color.

On Tuesday, September 23rd, Daily Kos will join more than 1,900 organizations (including Rock the Vote and the Bus Federation) to host National Voter Registration Day—a coordinated field, technology and media effort to increase voter registration.

Here is how you can help on Tuesday.

  • Join a voter registration event nearest you, and take a few hours to help register voters. Just enter your zip code here, or click on the map below, and show up at the closest event.
  • If you don’t see an event near you, or you can't get off on Tuesday and want to help at another time, sign up here to organize your own event.
  • Change your Facebook profile picture by downloading the graphic here.
  • Tweet about National Voter Registration Day, with the hashtag #CelebrateNVRD. The organizers have four variations on a tweet you can send here.
  • If you attend an event, take lots of pictures and then report back to us by writing a Daily Kos diary. Anyone with a Daily Kos account can write a diary.

But it’s not simply control of the U.S. Senate that’s at stake. We still need your help if you don’t live in one of the states that have a close Senate contest.

Please read below the fold for more background.

 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.

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