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The tempo of protest is globally rising and with it--protest songs. This week on the radio we'll scan the sounds of music emanating from the actions and episodes that are defining public life right now. In Chicago, days of protest associated with the NATO meeting there. Much of the street action, led by the Iraq Vets against the war focuses on Afghanistan. But Friday the National Nurses Union will be leading a a mobilization in Dealey Plaza to raise the issue of the 'Robin Hood Tax' otherwise known as the Financial Transaction tax. It's an idea whose time may have come: to levy a small tax (0.05%)on all financial transactions-- purchase and sale of stocks, bonds, commodities, unit trusts, mutual funds, and derivatives such as futures and options. The concept is supported by a wide range of organizations and figures like Bill Gates, the Pope, Nancy Pelosi and our friend Roseann Demoro, who heads the Nurses Union. The nurses announced that tom Morello would perform at their rally--which led Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel to pull their permit (claiming that the space couldn't handle a rock concert). Apparently he has thought better of this. On the radio we'll hear Tom Morello talking about this episode, and a very good new song about the Robin Hood tax.
This week marks the release of a multi-disc album--99 songs for the Occupy movement. We'll feature a couple of tracks from this amazing contribution to the Culture of Protest, and other songs aimed at heralding the spring revival of the Occupy movement. We'll also recognize Studs Terkel's 100th birthday, the 1954 Supreme court decision ordering school desegregation, and an anthem to the freedom to love.
I hope you can tune in:
culture of protest thurs 5/17/12 6 pm pdt kcsb 91.9fm www.kcsb.org