I’m happy to announce that I have been selected for the prestigious Knight-Wallace Fellowship.
In short, it’s a life-changing opportunity. I’ll be spending a year with 12 American and nine international journalists, from The New York Times, BBC, Al Jazeera, Folha de São Paulo, Univision, ESPN, and elsewhere. [click to continue…]
This photo is from a demonstration in 1987 in Chico, California. The Rainforest Action Network, Earth First!, and People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals teamed up for a “Whopper Stopper” protest against Burger King, and the environmental impact of meat-eating.
The protest was ahead of its time. [click to continue…]
Good news! My collaboration with Rise Against made the list of top 100 best-selling release for Record Store Day (quite a feat considering the huge amount of bands and releases).
Rise Against released a limited edition 7″ with “The Eco-Terrorist In Me” and “About Damn Time” on one side, and a spoken word by me on the other. As you can see, I totally geeked out and had to pick up a copy in person at Crooked Beat in Washington, DC. [click to continue…]
Rise Against is releasing a limited edition 7″ for Record Store Day, with a spoken word track by me, and a song that they say was inspired by Green Is the New Red. So I sat down with Tim McIlrath to talk about the new song, Rise Against’s activism, and why he still has hope.
1) Rise Against has a long history of advocating for both animal and human rights. Could you start off by telling us about how you, personally, got involved in social justice issues?
I didn’t grow up in a particularly political or even a very musical family, so finding both was sort of my own journey. Like a lot of people who find punk or hardcore, I didn’t connect with a lot of popular culture. I attribute the underdog and every-man mentality of this scene as my gateway drug to social justice issues. A lot of punk and hardcore music had meaning and substance that I couldn’t find in much of commercial music. The first time I heard the word ‘sweatshop’ was at a hardcore show. Concepts like environmentalism or gentrification were introduced to me through the lense of music. I owe a lot to the tight-knit scenes around Chicago in the 90s that brought me up. [click to continue…]