Fifty Years Ago: The Music of the March on Washington Rally

By: Wednesday August 28, 2013 6:52 pm

Songs give people the ability to muster the courage to dissent and keep on struggling for freedom and justice. They were part of the fabric of the civil rights movement. The importance of music is why musical performances at the March on Washington demonstration were necessary.

“Without the songs of the movement, personally I believe that there wouldn’t have been a movement,” Rutha Mae Harris, one of the original Freedom Singers, told NPR. “We needed those songs to help us not to be fearful when we were doing marches, or doing picket lines. And you needed a calming agent, and that’s what those songs were for us.”


YACHT & Marc Maron Record Delightfully Irreverent Protest Anthem, ‘Party at the NSA’

By: Thursday August 15, 2013 5:54 pm

YACHT, best described as an electronic rock or synth pop group, and Marc Maron, who is known for his “WTF” podcast and is also a guitarist, have recorded a delightfully irreverent protest anthem on total surveillance by the National Security Agency.

PJ Harvey’s Harrowing & Brilliant Protest Song in Support of Guantanamo Prisoner Shaker Aamer

By: Wednesday August 7, 2013 7:06 pm

Shaker Aamer is a British prisoner, who remains in detention at Guantanamo Bay, despite the fact that he has been cleared for release twice. He has been held for eleven years without charge or trial and, during his confinement, he has suffered torture.

Aamer has led and participated in hunger strikes and been willing to assert from inside the prison that detainees should have rights. He participated in the most recent hunger strike in Guantanamo that has effectively pushed the administration of President Barack Obama to make it appear they are taking more decisive action to close the prison Obama pledged to close when he was a presidential candidate in 2008.

Seventeen Noteworthy Musical Performances for the Occupy Movement

By: Monday September 17, 2012 6:30 pm

From its inception, the Occupy movement has had music, with drum circles and occupiers with guitars livening up protest scenes. It has well-known musicians come to Zuccotti Park to play music or sing or rap for occupiers.

Occupy Musicians rallied support for the movement in the first months. It managed to convince a long list of musicians from around the world to sign a pledge of support.

Late Late Night FDL: Can’t Take Anymore

By: Wednesday February 29, 2012 10:00 pm

Radio Free EarthCan’t Take Anymore. Josh from Radio Free Earth will be joining us in the comments tonight using the moniker rfearth. Please join me in giving him a hearty Firedoglake welcome.

Talkin’ Protest Song Blues

By: Sunday November 27, 2011 9:30 am

Hawaiian slack-key guitarist Makana didn’t exactly put his life on the line when he sang his protest song, “We are the Many,” to President Obama and other leaders at the Asian-Pacific Economic Conference dinner. But he did pull off a gutsy, well-meaning public relations coup on behalf of the global Occupy movement.

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