Occupy Sound is presented by PopWork USA and Rebuild the Dream as an offering to the 99% who need a beat when they march or lyric to speak to their struggle or hopes. Compiled by PopWork USA Blog Editor Wyatt Closs, including a custom mash-up featuring Noam Chomsky and Pharrell, this is a natural for us on the mission of talking about the importance of pop culture to amplify workers’ voices. Its just that this time, we’re doing it ourselves rather than reporting. Hopefully, we’ll do that more in the future. Use this at your own Occupy moment or event, or blast it in your house or car to still be in that zone.
We’re just going to let this one speak for itself because he lays it out so well. If only more Oscar-nominated actors (or other high-profile celeb awardees of anything for that matter) were willing to stick their necks out and be as well-versed as he is, in order to make doubters rethink. Mark Ruffalo on Current TV
Creative protestors and pranksters teamed up to stage the Battle in Seattle 2011 during the 100th American Association of Port Authorities convention to peacefully disrupt business-as-usual bureaucrats from their not-so-best practices workshops. Together these environmental, labor, community and justice-seeking clergy activists roamed the downtown streets, slipping mock conference agendas (http://bit.ly/pDS3g9) underneath all 900 rooms of the Westin, while a covert projection team from the Rainforest Action Network shone a massive Batsignal-like light on the Space Needle and elsewhere to greet visiting officials with a simple message: “Welcome to the Port of Pollution & Poverty”. (http://bit.ly/poPtZl). And then this flash mob video (with custom lyrics) at the Westin there. See more about the whole campaign at http://cleanandsafeports.org.
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There’s much to be said about the connection of immigration reform to uplifting the lives of all workers. Sound Strike is a coalition of Artists that have committed to supporting the International Boycott of Arizona in the wake of the passage of SB 1070 and wants to not only play a role in repealing SB 1070, but also in galvanizing a new generation of ideas while affirming that we are all equal. One way its strikes a blow is getting musicians to contribute works that entertain and help get their message out. You can listen to the podcast right here or the link below. You can find out more about what they do and join the campaign by going to http://thesoundstrike.info/
Demonstrating its commitment to encouraging and promoting entertainment and art that reflect work, workers, and their issues, PopWork USA announced its list of nominees for Best Films, TV Shows, and Art Displays this week.Among feature films, those under consideration for “best” and worth viewing for this Labor Day weekend include A Better Life, Company Men, Made in Dagenham, Too Big to Fail, and Even the Rain. A full list of all Part 1 nominations are listed on a separate page. Part 2 nominations in other categories will be released September 8.“Perhaps it’s the economy or perhaps it’s the fact that artists and entertainers are identifying more directly with the real stories that lay right in front of us,” said PopWork USA blog editor Wyatt Closs, see full press release here.
A little bit of worker solidarity worked its way into the HBO hit comedy “Entourage” with the recent episode “The Big Bang”. Among the storylines was one in which character Johnny Drama decides to unite with his fellow actor Andrew ‘Dice’ Clay (playing himself) by going on strike to hold out for a better deal for their TV show. In this video clip we see Johnny struggling with his decision as his director gives him the blues about it. In the end, the executives cave. If only reality could work that easily. See the video clip here: Johnny Drama on Strike. See more about Entourage here.
For a while now, the Fast Draw guys have been using their brand of comedic “whiteboard animation” to tell all kinds of stories on CBS Sunday Morning television show. Here, they take a look at the stockpile of capital in today’s beleaguered economy, a point even Alan Greenspan referenced a week ago on Meet the Press. While millions of Americans have been looking for work, big businesses have been piling up the cash. Josh Landis and Mitch Butler wonder what those corporations could do with all the money they have saved up. Fast Draw Guys on Corporate Cash
Time was when, in order to keep factory workers in the UK humming along (and perhaps take their minds off doing those terrible things like watching the clock, taking note of health and safety issues, or, gasp, signing a petition for rights?), there was a BBC radio show called ‘Music While You Work’ which blared through the factory floors. It was wildly popular. In fact, this went on actually for 20-plus years from 1940s to 1960s. Recently, that was turned on its head. Live from a factory in Irlam , the BBC Philharmonic play ‘Music While You Work’ to launch Light Fantastic – Radio 3’s celebration of British light music. Suzy Klein presents Stephen Bell conducting the orchestra in a concert on the factory floor at the Caterpillar Logistics (UK) and Perkins Worldwide Distribution Centre. What’s next? Tom Morello at Microsoft’s headquarters? If so, more likely from outside than inside we’d venture to guess.
A big summer Saturday outdoor concert in LA’s Memorial Coliseum became the platform for talking about Good Jobs. How? The organizers of the event called LA Rising created space for groups it cared about including the folks at Good Jobs LA. The opportunity gave organizers and activists for Good Jobs LA the chance to talk to concertgoers — arguably not the average demographic they might encounter on some ordinary canvas or at a strip mall. An all-day event, artists performing included Rage Against the Machine, Lauryn Hill, Muse, Immortal Techniques (shown in photo) and many more. When its jumbotron broadcasted a video about Good Jobs LA to reportedly 60,000 in attendance, it again displayed the power of pop for the working class. Even to those who have yet to enter the workforce.