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   April, 2011

Tom Morello: Nightwatchman Shows Support for Unions with New Album

Tom Morello, otherwise known as the Nightwatchman, was an early supporter of the union movement in Wisconsin back in February, and hasn’t stopped fighting for workers’ rights since. After performing at the rallies, Morello started right away on his next project to help defend unions – a new album titled Union Town with all the proceeds benefiting The America Votes Labor Unity Fund via SaveWorkers.org.

The title track, “Union Town” is available for free download at SaveWorkers.org and shortly after, the EP will be released digitally on May 17th and the physical CD and Vinyl will follow on July 19th.

The thousands of people that came out to support workers’ rights and hardworking American families inspired Morello to record an album full of “union fighting songs.

“Here’s a soundtrack for our fight,” Morello said.

Along with Morello’s original title track “Union Town,” are two other original songs from Morello, along with Woodie Guthries’ classic “This Land Is Your Land,” radical verses and all. With eight songs total, the proceeds of this EP will go to help a coalition of national labor organizations that came together to defend workers – creating The America Voted Labor Unity Fund. Donating the sales to this organization makes sense, seeing as this issue hits home for Morello.

“I’ve been a proud union man for 22 years and my mom was a union public high school teacher, so for me this fight is very personal,” Morello said. Unions are a crucial counterweight to the raw corporate greed that torpedoed our economy, threatens our environment and wants to strip away decades of social progress. From Cairo to Madison, workers are pushing back and tyrants are falling.”

To read Morello’s editorial about his experience in Wisconsin, “Frostbite and Freedom: Tom Morello on the Battle of Madison,” please visit RollingStone.com.


Submit Your Protest Songs to PDPS!

Our friend Adam McKay, co-founder of Funny or Die, launched a website for all who would like to make, hear or cover protest music. Public Domain Protest Song, available today, offers protest music that is absolutely free. McKay wants you to send in your original protest music or cover music on the website.

The idea originated when he and some friends from a band, English Teeth, joined forces to create much longed for protest music. Their songs focus on national issues, and McKay and English Teeth are asking you to send in your own protest songs too.

“The songs can be about anything: local issues, national, international, whatever. We don’t care. We just want music about what’s going on,” said McKay in a Huffington Post article.

The music available on PDPS is free to everyone and is owned by no one. McKay wants you to cover or re-create these songs, change lyrics and melodies, and send them in. For those of you who do not have a creative bone in you, but want to be part of this project, just play the music and spread the word. The point of this project is to express your thoughts on government issues through music and have the message heard.

The music industry rarely focuses on issues such as the Midwest bills limiting collective bargaining rights, so this project really gives us all a chance to speak out. The best part is that, once again, it’s free! The music is free to download, free to share, and free to re-construct.

Already, PDPS has received hundreds of submissions from local bands and soloists. Many of them are using tunes from other famous songs as melodies for their protest music.

“Submissions will go up tomorrow. It’s moving a bit faster than we thought it would!” said McKay, on the PDPS Facebook page. Looks like McKay’s idea is already successful – get in on the action today!

 


Are You My Rep?

On April 13th, Revolution Messaging, a social media firm in Washington, D.C., launched “Are you my Rep?” a Facebook page that encourages D.C. residents to call members of Congress and ask them to support voting rights for D.C. citizens.

The Facebook page, available at http://www.facebook.com/myrep, allows visitors to enter their phone number into a form field, generating a call-back.  The call connects participants to a random Congressional office, so they may ask if the Representative is willing to support D.C autonomy or voting rights.

Users of the page are encouraged to share feedback as well as share the page with their friends and co-workers. Over 600,000 Washington, D.C. residents find themselves without a voting representative in Federal government, making DC laws and budget issues vulnerable to Congressional oversight.

“It’s really ridiculous that Washington, D.C. residents have their own elected government, and yet Congress has the ability to overturn the laws agreed upon by DC citizens,” said Courtney Sieloff, Senior Strategist for Revolution Messaging.  “Like anyone living in the 50 states, I pay both local and Federal taxes, but because I choose to live in DC, there is no member of Congress that I can call when I’m upset about a particular issue.”

The Congressional budget battles once again makes residents of Washington, D.C. pawns in a giant chess game. This Facebook page provides an avenue to voice frustration with the outcome of the budget cuts. Revolution Messaging hopes this initiative sparks a conversation that will help DC residents to receive the representation that is standard for all other Americans.

Revolution Messaging is a leader in social media and mobile communications strategies for non-profits and progressive-left political organizations.  Our goal is simple: evolve organizing methods and tactics to more effectively and efficiently communicate your message. For more information visit RevolutionMessaging.com or Follow Us on Twitter @RevMsg