“Nothing’s ever gonna change.” It’s a pretty weak slogan, a less-than-great bumper sticker, and a dubious thing to chant as you march in support of common sense gun safety legislation. And yet that’s the sentiment we heard expressed by many progressives in the wake of the mass shooting in Parkland, FL a little more than a year ago. “Nothing’s ever gonna change. It’s just the way things go.”
And then, we heard from the student activists of Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High School. Articulate, well-informed, media-savvy and tenacious, these young people have infused the debate with new energy and forged actual change. 67 new gun safety laws have been enacted in state legislatures since.
“Rise Up” is our song about this change - a song of celebration for this new generation of activists and of encouragement for us oldsters who need help programming our phones.
The students of the Oregon School for the Deaf in Salem have made a beautiful video of “Rise Up. It’s here:
And the Girls Choir of Wilmington, NC have done an amazingly compelling video too. As arranged by Steve Errante and conducted by Sandy Errante, the Girls Choir changed the point of view of the song; they’re singing from the kids’ point of view. “WE too young to say impossible…”
Woody Guthrie wrote on his guitar: This Machine Kills Fascists
Pete Seeger adapted that for his banjo: This Machine Surrounds Hate and Forces It To Surrender
Our banjo says: This Machine Drives Neocon, Homophobic, War-Mongering, Corporatist, Anti-Intellectual, Polluting, Imperialist, Crypto-Fascist, Hate-Speak, Faux-Populist, Theocratic, Chickenhawk Privateers from the Room.
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Roy Zimmerman and Melanie Harby
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