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Protest Songs

The Music of Hopelessness

John Feffer | Posted 05.20.2016 | Arts
John Feffer

If foreign policy had a soundtrack, it would be the opposite of easy listening.

Ne Me Quitte Pas

Diedre A. Ware | Posted 04.28.2015 | Fifty
Diedre A. Ware

Nina Simone's music stirs the soul. I liken it to one awash in the Holy Spirit in a Baptist church on a Sunday morning. Her classical piano finesse infused with her jazzy and bluesy gospel voice is heard in all of her music, especially in all of her civil rights protest songs.

Samuel L. Jackson Challenges Celebs To Sing Protest Song (VIDEO)

The Huffington Post | Jessica Dickerson | Posted 12.16.2014 | Black Voices

It turns out Samuel L. Jackson has a voice as big as his heart. The celebrated actor recently made a video calling out celebrities who participated...

A Song to Sing with My Brothers and Sisters

Susanne Mentzer | Posted 01.31.2015 | Arts
Susanne Mentzer

I saw at an early age that through singing one could stand up for the rights of the many. What I realize now is that I longed to do something for the greater good through singing and that this was a part of what the folk movement and protest song genre accomplished.

Making Sustainability 'Cool'

John Friedman | Posted 08.31.2013 | Impact
John Friedman

Sustainability and the concept of shared fate -- that we're all on this small planet together and our fates are woven together -- could sure benefit from a good song (or two).

The Flobots: Reviving the Poetry of Politics

Brendan Smith | Posted 03.26.2013 | Entertainment
Brendan Smith

Our generation's fight to build a sustainable future will be long and hard. To prevail we will need a battalion of Flobots to inspire and fortify our wills -- and together we will make the world better and more beautiful place.

WATCH: Raging Grannies Have Some Words For Todd Akin

Posted 08.26.2012 | Entertainment

The Raging Grannies are back with a new song that takes aim at Rep. Todd Akin's shocking "legitimate rape" comments. The congressman started a fir...

People Get Ready: Celebrating Curtis Mayfield's 70th BIrthday!

Christopher Atamian | Posted 09.24.2012 | Arts
Christopher Atamian

Throughout the night, audience members swayed to the music, sang along with the performers and stood up in homage to this incredible prophet of funk. People Get Ready, indeed.

OccupyThisAlbum - 99 Artists on 99 Tracks for the 99%

Jerry Ashton | Posted 06.17.2012 | Home
Jerry Ashton

Where are the songs for Occupy's time in history? Who will write the words and music and poetry? Will we find our voice? These questions have been answered in full and emphatically with OccupyThisAlbum.

Holler If You Hear Stewart Francke

Doug Bradley | Posted 05.09.2012 | Detroit
Doug Bradley

Stewart Francke believes that music, at its finest, should move those of us who hear it to take some sort of action -- to learn more, to right a wrong, or even just to dance and have fun.

WATCH: The Day The LOLcats Died

Posted 01.18.2012 | Comedy

Thousands of websites are participating in a content blackout today in protest of SOPA and PIPA, two controversial bills that would place an unprecede...

First Listen: Hear All Of Ani DiFranco's New Album 'Which Side Are You On?'

Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

Ani DiFranco is back with her first studio album in more than three years. "Which Side Are You On?" tackles issues on both the macro and micro leve...

Under the Bridge You'll Find Us Waiting, Under the Bridge We'll Sing a Song (Audio)

Jill Sobule | Posted 01.09.2012 | Home
Jill Sobule

To all the good folks pitching tents at OWS, this song's for you. We support you, hope you keep warm this winter, and ask you to keep a spot open in your tent for us.

Denver Hip-Hop Artist’s Song About Ben Bernanke

The Huffington Post | Matt Ferner | Posted 12.10.2011 | Denver

Denver-based artist and indie hip-hop legend Sole, also known as Tim Holland from the famed Anticon collective, has been deeply involved in the Occupy...

Raging Against The Machine: Tom Morello's Nightwatchman Persona

Michael Gilmour | Posted 08.21.2011 | Religion
Michael Gilmour

With all the rhetorical force and righteous anger of the prophets, the Nightwatchman's biblically literate activism rails against the individuals and institutions responsible for the plight of the needy

Pete Seeger, Mark Ruffalo Protest Hydrofracking (VIDEO)

Posted 05.25.2011 | New York

Pete Seeger and actor Mark Ruffalo traveled to Albany Tuesday to push for a moratorium on hydrofracking. The two celebrities were flanked by environ...