Wisconsin to Tahrir Square, A Song United

Music/Video Feb 26, 2011 No Comments

From the Dropkick Murphys to Steve Earle, Tom Morello, Wayne Kramer, Tim Mcilrath, and others, musicians unafraid of being in the frontlines for a more equal world are taking a stand. Drawing inspiration from the bravery seen in protests across the Middle East, the now full-on Union-backed protests and sit-in in Madison are gaining more and more support from musicians.

Yesterday afternoon I was on the phone with Matt Rothschild, ed. in chief of The Progressive, based out of Wisconsin, and with Eric Drooker, the ubiquitous artist behind numerous global justice posters, discussing the rise of people power and the excitement of Union involvement. If there’s one theme we have to elevate now, it’s that there IS a direct connection between what’s happening in #Wisconisn and #Egypt, #Yemen, #Iraq, #Libya and more. We have to make sure that the mainstream press cannot pigeon hole these as isolated events. This was the intention behind Egyptian organizers sending Pizza to Madison organizers.

This is NEXT  WORLD organizing. We know that a more equal world, not only in Egypt or the United States, but between all countries and working people, is imperative to the survival of our planet. Tahrir Square and Madison can and must be seen as small steps toward building a global movement for that more equal world. To get there, we have to be a generation of Ghandi’s and MLK Jr’s.

We are protesting FOR a world in which we live more equally across global borders so that job flight and brain drain don’t happen, and in which everyday people everywhere are educated enough to help our global society beat over-population, create a sustainable environment, overcome disease, and bring an end to conflict over resources and land before it’s too late. For that, we need teachers, and it means we need teacher’s and workers being paid livable wages with equal economic rights across the globe, not just in Madison or Tunis.

We have to join in a Song United. Steve, Tom, and everyone, while we support the Unions in Wisconsin, and the Democracy movements across MENA, this has to be the first step towards that big dream, a sustainable and integrated movement for real change in our human society.

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