We Are The 99% - Reggae
Welcome to Occupy This Song!
Triggered by a recent international musical collaboration among a group of my friends, and inspired by the grass roots political movements that have taken hold around the World during 2011, I decided to see how many people I could get to collaborate on a musical and audio-visual interpretation of the shared sentiments being expressed.
We are the 99% and we will not be silenced.
The most common way that the mainstream media and the political establishment have attempted to dismiss these protests -- whether it be the various Arab Spring uprisings, the Occupy Wall Street movement and its off-shoots throughout the West, or the recent unprecedented show of anti-Putin sentiment in Russia -- is to claim that the protestors are unorganised, with no common themes or goals.
The common theme in all of these protest movements is the same theme that is common to all popular uprisings throughout history. It is a backlash by the many against the consolidation of wealth and power in the hands of the few.
Is it therefore any wonder that the protestors are wary of organisation?
Now that Occupy camps throughout the US have been subjected to often-violent evictions, even as protestors continue to die in the pursuit of freedom in Syria, I'm asking you to join the movement in a safe, creative and powerful way.
I want to create a body of music and video that captures the spirit of the 2011 political movements and conveys their message to those who have been told to ignore it by the mainstream media and the political establishment.
I am using an Open Source Crowd-sourcing model where everything contributed can be freely copied, modified and distributed. I want to get as many people involved as possible. Please feel free to invite others.
This is our chance to sing, with one voice, one common message: We are the 99% and we are no less deserving of freedom, happiness and respect than those whose greed and good fortune has brought them so much wealth and power.
- Ollie Rankin
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