Rage Against the Machine antiwar concert in Denver


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From Associated Press in the USA:

Rage Against the Machine in Denver amid convention

By CATHERINE TSAI
ASSOCIATED PRESS WRITER

DENVER — Rage Against the Machine will perform at an anti-war music festival during the Democratic National Convention.

The politically outspoken rap-rock band said Thursday it will perform at the Tent State Music Festival to End the War on Aug. 27 at the Denver Coliseum, a venue about 3 miles from the convention site. Others scheduled to perform include Wayne Kramer, who played with MC5 during the riotous 1968 Democratic convention in Chicago.

“I do this out of a sense of participating in democracy,” said Kramer, who said he plans to vote for Democrat Barack Obama in November. “Democracy requires participation. It’s not just a theory.”

All the artists donated their time to perform in Denver, event publicist Carrie Lombardi said.

“It is a peaceful protest through music,” she said.

Rage Against the Machine also has a concert scheduled Sept. 3 in Minneapolis during the Republican National Convention in the adjacent city of St. Paul.

The Denver festival is hosted by Tent State University and Iraq Veterans Against the War. Organizers say about 8,000 tickets will be given away free by lottery.

Lottery entries will be accepted 11 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Aug. 24-26 at downtown Denver’s Cuernavaca Park, Tent State University’s base for the convention. Winners will be notified the evening of Aug. 26.

The Democratic National Convention will be Aug. 25-28.

Tent State University describes itself as a college campus-based movement aimed at ending the Iraq war. …

Kramer said he and Tom Morello of Rage Against the Machine have long worked together on music and activism.

“When the opportunity came up to take our electric guitars and make some unholy noise to try to stop a war, it sounded familiar to me,” Kramer said. “It’s something we did 40 years ago, as part of a generation that said the war in Vietnam was wrong and needed to stop. We’re part of a generation saying the war in Iraq is wrong and needs to stop.”

Michael Franti interview: here.

IVAW photos: here.

Veteran Bradford rockers New Model Army may be approaching their 30th anniversary as a band but on the evidence of this performance they show no sign of mellowing or resting on their laurels: here.

The band Junkyard Empire does not differentiate among music, message and life: here.

6 thoughts on “Rage Against the Machine antiwar concert in Denver

  1. Dear IVAW Supporter,

    IVAW has had a busy summer, as our membership continues to grow by leaps and bounds. While both political parties become more and more absorbed in the presidential race, IVAW continues our hard work at the grassroots level, building a GI resistance movement that is doing more to end the Iraq occupation than the politicians ever will. We now have 48 IVAW chapters and over 1,250 members across the country.

    Four of these chapters are on military bases, and we expect to have four more active duty chapters before the year ends. Many GIs are strongly against the war, but have no outlet for their resistance, no safe space to express their views outside of the base. For the first time in our history as an organization, 25% of new members are active duty troops, which tells us that enlisted GIs are stepping up more than ever to end this war.
    State of the Union Military Base Tour

    Throughout the month of August, IVAW is on the road on a GI outreach tour that is taking us to 8 military bases. We need your help to cover expenses essential to our work to reach the troops. To sponsor a leg of the tour, or help us cover other tour expenses go to our website, and make a donation.

    Our six-member base tour crew has already visited Ft. Drum, NY, Ft. Bragg and Camp Lejeune, NC, and Ft. Stewart, GA. They are sharing Winter Soldier testimony, informing GIs of their rights to speak out, and offering legal information and workshops on how to navigate the Veterans Administration.

    The cost of this GI outreach tour is considerable. We need funds to:

    * Cover fuel, food and housing for our 6-member base tour crew.
    * Produce outreach materials to reach active duty GIs.
    * Hold BBQs and small concerts for GIs.
    * Pay for local advertising to publicize the tour.

    Please donate now to sustain this tour through mid-September.
    Support War Resisters who are Facing Persecution and Prison

    Robin LongLast month, 25-year-old U.S. Army PFC Robin Long became the first war resister since the Vietnam War to be forcefully deported from Canada. He was handed over to military authorities in the U.S. and is currently being held in the El Paso County Jail, near Colorado Springs, Colorado, awaiting a military court martial, scheduled for early September. Robin could face three years confinement, forfeiture of pay, and a dishonorable discharge from the Army if found guilty.

    Like so many others, Robin’s recruiter promised him a non-combat position within the U.S. Army, but he was deployed to Iraq anyway. Regarding his decision to resist, Robin explains, “I made the best decision. Regardless of what hardships I go through, I could have put Iraqi families through more hardships. I have no regrets.” IVAW’s Colorado Springs chapter has been active in support of Robin, recognizing war resistors as a key part of the GI resistance movement. IVAW member, Garrett Reppenhagen, praised Robin, declaring “I support Robin Long because he is a Soldier of Conscience. There is a huge propaganda campaign in this country to get young men to join the military. He bought the hype. He signed up for a promised [non-combat] job, but it turned out not to be so. He decided to go to Canada and follow his conscience instead.”

    What you can do to support Robin:
    1. Take a few minutes to send a letter of support to Robin:

    Robin Long, CJC
    2739 East Las Vegas
    Colorado Springs CO 80906

    Robin is allowed to receive hand-written or typed letters only. His letters will be reviewed, so please do not write anything inflammatory that might get him in trouble. Do NOT include postage stamps, drawings, stickers, copied photos or print articles. However, you may send Robin a money order for commissary items (postage stamps, toothbrush, shirts, paper, snacks, etc.). The money order should be in U.S. funds made out to “Robin Long, EPSO”. The sender’s name must be written on the money order. Robin cannot receive packages of any type from private citizens. But, you may order a book for Robin from either Amazon.com or Barnes and Noble and have it shipped directly to him from either of these companies. They know the procedure for delivering books to inmates.

    2. Donate to Robin’s legal defense.

    James BurmeisterJames Burmeister was serving in Baghdad when his humvee was caught in an IED explosion and he was hit in the face with shrapnel. Suffering from the physical and emotional wounds resulting from his injury, and his experiences working with “bait and kill” teams in Iraq, James went to Canada and was AWOL until earlier this year when he decided to return to the U.S., turn himself in, and move on with his life.

    He hoped that the military would offer him an Other Than Honorable discharge, especially in consideration of his injuries suffered in Iraq. James believes that he is suffering from traumatic brain injury, which would explain his recurring seizures. However, he has found real medical treatment an impossible maze to navigate. The military instead offers him various anti-psychotic drug cocktails. James was sentenced to six months at the Fort Knox Regional Confinement Facility and received a bad conduct discharge.

    What you can do to support James:
    Write James a letter of support in the stockade:

    James Burmeister
    Box A
    Fort Knox, KY 40121

    Moral support is such an important way to support war resistors like James and Robin. They need to know that they have not been forgotten, and that their sacrifice is recognized. Please take a few moments to write them a simple note of support today.

    Jeremy HinzmanJeremy Hinzman, the first U.S. war resister to apply for refuge in Canada has been ordered deported by September 23rd. Jeremy has lived in Canada with his wife for the past four years, and they have two young children. This decision contradicts a motion passed by the Canadian Parliament on June 3, which calls on the government to allow U.S. war resisters to apply for Permanent Resident status.

    What you can do to support Jeremy:
    Contact Stephen Harper, the Prime Minister of Canada, and Diane Finley, the Minister of Citizenship and Immigration, and express your concern about Jeremy’s deportation. You can make these points when you contact them:

    * They should respect Parliament, and implement the June 3rd motion in support of war resisters staying in Canada;
    * 82% of Canadians oppose the Iraq war; 64% of Canadians in an Angus Reid national poll want war resisters to stay in Canada;
    * Jeremy Hinzman and his family have established a life in Canada for over 4 years; they should not be deported because they oppose the Iraq war, which is illegal and immoral.

    The Right Honorable Stephen Harper
    Phone (613) 992-4211
    E-mail: pm@pm.gc.ca

    The Honorable Diane Finley
    Ottawa office (613) 954-1064
    E-mail: finley.d@parl.gc.ca

    Thank you for your continued support,

    Kelly Dougherty
    Former Sergeant, Army National Guard
    Executive Director
    Iraq Veterans Against the War

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  2. US SAILORS ‘ABUSED IRAQI PRISONERS’
    The incidents allegedly took place in May at Camp Bucca, a vast desert camp where the US military houses 18,000 of its 21,000 prisoners in Iraq.
    http://english.aljazeera.net/news/americas/2008/08/20088150425646611.html

    SADRISTS ARE TOLD TO JOIN UNARMED WING
    Thousands of supporters. . . . chanted “No, no to America” and “No, no to occupation.”
    http://www.nytimes.com/2008/08/09/world/middleeast/09iraq.html?ref=worldspecial

    U.S AND IRAQI TROOPS FAIL TO ‘SUBDUE’ DIYALA
    Despite repeated offensives and presence of tens of thousands of U.S. and Iraqi troops, the Province of Diyala still remains a major rebel stronghold in Iraq.
    http://www.uruknet.info/?p=m46416&hd=&size=1&l=e

    WASH. HEIGHTS G.I. KILLED IN IRAQ BLAST
    “We’re all so sad. . . . I don’t see any good coming from this war. We just lose more and more people.”
    http://www.nydailynews.com/news/us_world/2008/08/12/2008-08-12_wash_heights_gi_killed_in_iraq_blast.html

    AS MANY U.S. CONTRACTORS AS TROOPS IN IRAQ
    The U.S. has about the same number of private contractors in Iraq as uniformed service members.
    http://www.armytimes.com/news/2008/08/military_contractorstroops_iraq_081208w/

    USE OF IRAQ CONTRACTORS COSTS BILLIONS, REPORT SAYS
    “I don’t think there have been any credible cost numbers for the Iraq war. There was so much money spent at the beginning of the war, and nobody knows where it went.”
    http://www.nytimes.com/2008/08/12/washington/12contractors.html?hp

    WALLS DON’T STOP RESISTANCE
    While U.S. forces say the recent battles have helped “decapitate” the Mehdi Army in Sadr City, they acknowledge that many fighters have simply fled to northern parts of the capital, which are controlled by Iraqi forces.
    http://rawstory.com/news/2008/U.S._and_Iraqi_forces_wall_off_0810.html

    STOP LAUGHING AT YOURSELVES WITH YOUR CLAIMS OF ‘DEMOCRACY’ IN IRAQ
    It is the democracy of bombardment, shelling, indiscriminate killing, massive prisoner abuses, turning millions of people into refugees, attacking with warplanes and heavy armor major cities, towns and villages and dividing a unified nation along ethnic and sectarian lines.
    http://www.azzaman.com/english/index.asp?fname=news%5C2008-08-14%5Ckurd.htm

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  3. U.S. DESERTER TO APPEAL CANADA DEPORTATION ORDER
    “It’s our government acting as an enforcement agent for the Pentagon.”
    http://www.nytimes.com/reuters/world/international-deserter.html

    EMUULATING VIETNAM GI RESISTANCE
    We see what helped end the Vietnam War was that all these soldiers said, “No. We’re not going to do this anymore. This is screwed up.” That’s what we want to do.
    http://www.warresisters.org/node/410

    ‘WE’RE TRYING TO REACH OUT TO SOLDIERS’
    “Ultimately, what’s going to stop it is the GIs standing up and saying, ‘We’re not going to fight anymore’.”
    http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/local/373649_gicoffee06.html

    ANTIWAR GROUP BRINGS MESSAGE
    Hurd said it was important that members of the military and veterans understand it’s OK to oppose the war. “Look, you’re not alone,” Hurd said. “We’re with you and we’re here to support you.”
    http://www.fayobserver.com/article?id=301245

    VETERANS AGAINST THE WAR RAIL AGAINST GAME
    “Hey, stop taking our money and using it for stupid sh**.”
    http://play.tm/story/20207

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  4. Posted by: “frankofbos” FrankOfBos@yahoo.com frankofbos
    Sun Aug 17, 2008 8:48 am (PDT)
    Bush Lied,People Died-Bush Nuke ‘Evidence’ Known to be Wrong Years
    Before War-Bush History, 8/17

    Bush Lied and People Did Die: Evidence Bush often cited of Iraq nukes
    was widely discredited by US, UK, and UN experts years before Bush
    invaded. Yet, his administration repeatedly cited these ‘facts’ to
    fool the public. Also, you know you have an incompetent president when
    a conservative Republican feels the need to point out how bad things
    are being run by a conservative Republican administration.

    http://poorgeorgesalmanac.com/?p=371

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