Category Archives: Music Activism

Womens March Jan 2017 Rockerfeller Center

Womens’ March NY: HISTORY, HER-STORY AND OUR-STORY

Text by MFM Member BAASSIK (Pamela Jennett)

I have been to many marches and parades before; but I did not expect the overwhelming feeling that I experienced at the NYC Women’s March on Saturday, January 21, 2017.  The sounds. The colors. The music!  It was a little scary on one level and exhilarating on another. When I exited the subway, I was lost in a sea of people with costumes, signage and many people! (The slogans were rather creative! It is amazing how creative humans can be when oppressed!)

As a bass guitarist, the songs, beats and chants caught my ear…please do not make me try to recall any of them! There were so many! However, I joined in, lending my voice to the masses. All of the chants said the same thing; we ALL want equality, justice and peace in all forms. We want control of our bodies. We do not want war!

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The Arts to Suffer Under Trump Regime: The Orange Overlord Annihilates American Culture

The Orange Overlord Annihilates American Culture

The Arts To Suffer imageText by Dawoud Kringle

“The man that hath no music in himself, Nor is not moved with concord of sweet sounds, Is fit for treasons, stratagems, and spoils; The motions of his spirit are dull as night, And his affections dark as Erebus: Let no such man be trusted. Mark the music.”

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CD Single Release: The Spiders “Election Day”

The Spiders CD single coverArtist: The Spiders
Title: Election Day
Label: Tunecore Rec
Genre: Alternative/Old School Rock

DooBeeDoo recommends an extremely timely new single entitled “Election Day” from New Jersey ‘alt rock everymen’ power trio The Spiders.  They hope that the release of this socially conscious and demanding single, can strike a nerve in all Americans, voters, musicians, and fans alike.

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Adele, Neil Young, Foo Fighter, Isaac Hayes, Bruce Springsteen, Aerosmith: Politicians don’t Steal their Music!

Presidential Hopefuls Historically Steal Music to use as Political Propaganda

Text by Dawoud Kringle

Musicians in the USA have often been the victim of political candidates appropriating their music for the purpose of campaigning and propaganda. This is always done without the artist’s permission.

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“Freelance Isn’t Free” – Freelancers Union Makes a Show of Support to End Abuse of Freelance Workers

Freelancers Union Legislation Hearing logoText by Dawoud Kringle

Photos and video by Sohrab Saadat Ladjevardi

One would think that freelance work is lucrative. On paper, in theory, this is true. The reality, however, is very different. The sad fact is that 1.3 million freelancers in New York city lost an average of $6,000 a year to nonpayment. The reason for this is simple. There is no legal protection for freelancers. If a freelance worker is hired for a job, often he / she is not paid. They may be underpaid, paid late, or never paid at all. If they sue the company, there is no legal framework clearly defining freelancers’ rights in the way a regular W2 employee’s rights are protected. Even if they do win the case, freelancers have no way to actually collect what they’re owed. To add insult to injury, freelancers who dare to challenge having their rightfully earned wages stolen are often blacklisted. The situation is, quite simply, intolerable.

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