In a follow-up to a previous post about how Iraqi teenagers were being stoned to death for "emo" haircuts, a new article has been posted that goes into more depth about the Iraqi government's role in these activities.
Jack Antonoff(fun., Steel Train) has posted an op-ed titled "Straight Allies: The Importance and the Realities" at The Huffington Post. If you've got some time today, check it out, please share it - and all that.
There are a lotof websitestalking about the two nebulously named bills (PROTECT-IP Act and the Stop Online Piracy Act) going up for vote soon, but Tumblr has put together one of the easiest to understand. So, with that - I am directing people to this page. Please take some time to get to know what's going on - and take action. This is very important.
Philadelphia law makers are trying to pass a bill that requires venues/promoters to submit application for licenses, contracts, and security for every show 30 days in advance. Help save Philly's DIY community by signing a petition to the stop the bill here. Be sure to verify your e-mail address to ensure that your signature is counted.
Yesterday, a US bill that was written partially by Invisible Children was passed in Congress and will be hitting President Obama's desk in the next couple of days. Invisible Children would like to thank all of the fans and bands that took action.
Today is Human Rights Day, and our friends at Causecast have asked us to draw attention to Aung San Suu Kyi. A Nobel Peace Prize winner, she has stood up against a corrupt regime in Burma that has been ruling by force for twenty years, and has kept her under house-arrest for 13 of the past 18 years; preventing her from taking her democratically appointed office. She has made a call for individuals to write freedom songs in response. You may submit yours to email@example.com.
Rage Against the Machine will be playing a show on September 3rd at the Target Center in Minneapolis during the Republican National Convention. It is not clear what, if any, political overtones the show will take on.
Tom Scholz (Boston) wants Mike Huckabee to stop using "More Than a Feeling" in his campaign, since Huckabee "is the polar opposite of most everything Boston stands for" and Scholz is "an Obama supporter."