exploring power, justice, inequality at the local level
I came across this article when researching some ideas to support my argument for my last reaction paper. I thought it might be an interesting read for some of you. I want to suggest that we all take a step back and think about the role that the media plays in our knowledge of issues such as riots and police brutality that we have discussed in class. The media tells us countless stories and shows us images of violence by law enforcement, but do we ever stop to think about how much POWER the media truly has? The majority of us get all of our information from the news or social media, but with media often comes clear bias which not all members of the public are able to account for. These are just some thoughts I have been wrestling with as we have discussed these topics over the past few weeks. (:
I came across this article while reading the paper this morning and found it really interesting. It made me think of some of the discussions we’ve been having in class so I thought I’d share.
Ben Harper – Better Way
Michael Franti and Spearhead: Hey World
For some reason, this song runs through my head when we talk about machines, and the somewhat self-righteous reaction against them: (the lyric “some will rob you with a six-gun, some with a fountain pen.”) Woody Guthrie – Pretty Boy Floyd
On graffiti and urban policing: Michelle Shocked, Graffiti Limbo. About the actual killing of a graffiti artist in NYC in the 1980s.
Imagine – John Lennon https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yRhq-yO1KN8
Marvin Gaye – Inner City Blues https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=57Ykv1D0qEE
In class, we spoke about growth machines that produce wealth for those in power by encouraging real estate development at the taxpayers’ expense. Similarly, the machine in this song is the music industry, producing wealth for the already affluent mainstream sellouts, at the expense of the creativity and originality of growth for the musicians they sponsor. I immediately thought about this song when we started reading Ferman’s book and each time we spoke about growth machines. Hope you enjoy 🙂
“Welcome to the Machine”–Pink Floyd
my reply: Dominique – that reminded me of THIS song, referencing the same sort of machine, but in a Smiths-y sort of way:
Seeing that we’re on the subject of “non-routine” collective action, I wanted to share a song that fits with the theme of this section of the course.
It’s called “I’m Against the Government” by a band called Defiance, Ohio. idk how you guys embedded links in text on this section so I’m not going to fool with it
From Rachael S:
Big Yellow Taxi- Counting Crows
Common, John Legend – <a href=”https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HUZOKvYcx_o” title=”Glory” rel=”nofollow”>
Pete Seeger – <a href=”https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RJUkOLGLgwg” title=”We Shall Overcome” rel=”nofollow”>
The Specials – <a href=”https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AgcTvoWjZJU” title=”Nelson Mandela” rel=”nofollow”>
Arabian Knightz ft. Lauryn Hill – <a href=”https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z696QHAbMIA” title=”Rebel” rel=”nofollow”>
Madeline Davis – <a href=”https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tR8BK56mHOw” title=”Stonewall Nation” rel=”nofollow”>
So this is the post I put on facebook last night:
It’s been pretty unrelentingly rough in my community power class for a couple of weeks. (That’s what happens when studying riots, police brutality, other forms of structural and interpersonal violence), soooo I need to play them some good songs of fighting the good fight and social justice and winning. I’ll surely include “all you fascists” by billy bragg, but what else???
Here are the many responses:
“I fought the Law” by the Clash and the Dead Kennedys
Public Enemy “Fight the Power” (many votes, including this “Spike Lee version” which uses some civil rights movement footage as a counterpoint) And “911 is a Joke”
–also Fight the Power by Isley brothers
Patti Smith “People Have the Power”
Elvis Costello “(Whats so Funny About) Peace Love and Understanding”
Bob Dylan “The Times They are a Changing”
Gil Scott-Heron “The Revolution will Not Be Televised”
Nina Simone – “Mississippi Goddam”
Sweet Honey in the Rock: “Our Side Won,” and “Ella’s Song”
Rage Against the Machine: “Killing in the Name”
La Santa Cecilia – “ICE El Hielo”
Disposable Heroes of Hiphoprisy – “Hypocrisy of the Greatest Luxury” and “Television, Drug of the Nation”
Revolution by Arrested Development, or the Beatles
Michael Franti – “Yell Fire!”
We Shall Not be Moved – here by Mavis Staples
Lupe Fiasco – “The End of the World” (Occupy)
Red Leo & the Pharmacists – “CIA”
Stereolab – “With Friends Like These”
Sam Cooke – “Change is Gonna Come”
Curtis Mayfield – “People Get Ready” — or by Eva Cassidy
John Lennon – “Imagine”
Wu-Tang Clan – “A Better Tomorrow”
“Redemption Song” by Bob Marley, ably covered by Joe Strummer
“Free Nelson Mandela” by the Specials (Julia posted this early in the semester, too)
Jacob George “Soldier’s Heart”
Hey y’all, I mentioned this yesterday, so –
Here’s a two-part podcast from This American Life on policing & Black communities.
*the prologue of this one is one of the stories I was thinking of when we talked about police responses to calls for assistance from Black communities.
*Act 2 (An Inconvenient Store) tells an incredible story about police harassment of one person, repeatedly, as part of a policy, and the impacts on his life.
There’s another one I’m looking for – I’ll add it if I find it.
So I do not know how I stumbled upon this article but I found it very interesting in relation to community power. It talks about the Environmental Protection Agency’s, Clean Power Plan. It stated that, “Emerald Cities Collaborative (ECC) called for equity and inclusion for low-income communities of color as states develop and implement CPP-mandate carbon reduction plans”. They want to ensure that every community is apart of this plan and benefits from it. We can tell that most of the time, low income communities have less power and are not able to fight back to have a say in what goes on in their neighborhoods. The EPA stated that it requires states to say how they engaged in the low income communities of color while developing CPP’s in order for states to receive early investment rewards. In the middle of the article is says that communities near power plants, which are usually low income communities like we learned in class, are subject to higher rates of pollution. One main point in the article stated that, ” high rates of pollution-related illness such as cancer, asthma and other respiratory diseases in communities of color to the reality that 68 percent of African-Americans and 40 percent of Latinos live within 30 miles of a coal-fired power plant and more than half of Asian Pacific Islanders in the United States live in counties with unhealthy air quality”. I think that just shows how bad this problem really is! However, the ending was very positive saying that, “CEIP (Clean Energy Incentive Program) gives vulnerable communities the opportunity to generate wealth by turning property owners and communities into energy producers through community ownership of energy resources, as well as to create clean-energy jobs for local residents”. Hopefully this will actually happen and these communities will get cleaner and better. Not only would it help the environment in which they live in, but it will also help their economy. I do not know a lot of details on any of this but I am going to look into this more! Hope everyone like this, sorry it was so long!
(an interesting piece about urban planning & race)