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Song Of The Day: My Body (Stand Up)

Think what you want of insurance companies, but an insurance company designed for women? That sounds all right. South African based 1st For Women Insurance has produced a new song featuring LIRA, GOODLUCK, Gigi Lamayne and Mariechan.

In the music video women of all ages dance and raise their fists in the air while a choir of young women sing “my body’s nobody’s body but mine, you run your own body let me run mine” under a beat that fits perfectly for such a protest anthem.

“Stand up let the whole world see
That we not gonna sit and take it quietly
Stand up and let the whole world know:
If you raise a hand to one you raise a hand to us all”

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5 Albums Supporting Women And Their Right To Control Their Own Body

On the 30th of October 2020, the Polish government decided to take a step backwards from a growing empathetic and intelligent world and ban most forms of adoptions.

Tens of thousands of people took to the streets in protest of this decision even if such an act could have led to prosecution because of local restrictions regarding Covid-19. These protests have been going on for over a week now.

The New York Times write that this is the largest protest Poland has seen in decades, which is no wonder since a few men are unfortunately in charge who have for the past years been pulling this beautiful country back in time towards fascist times.

Sadly, this is not just an issue for Polish women but women around the whole world. In Nepal some young women are sent to a temporary exile while they endure their menstruation. Their families believe they are impure during this time. In Alabama, U.S., some backwards thinking people have tried to get The Human Life Protection Act into law. This would mean an almost full ban on abortion in the state. Fortunately this bill has been delayed. According to the World Health Organization 45% of all global abortions are unsafe. This could be different.

Here is some beauty from creative people that use their voices for good and who make music for and about women around the world – and their rights.

Skank for Choice ’19: Tales from the Border ft. Contracepters and Carmen Castillo by Contracepters

“In 2014, folks in the Rio Grande Valley lost their only abortion clinics due to House Bill 2-an omnibus law with sweeping abortion bans. Pushing safe abortion access further from reach for a low income community and cities across Texas, abortion advocates from South Texans for Reproductive Justice and local ska band Los Skagaleros founded Skank for Choice.

Skank for Choice is a ska themed music benefit show where local artists come together to help raise money for abortion funds which provide direct financial assistance to patients in the Rio Grande Valley.

In 2016, the Supreme Court of the United States struck down HB2 and Whole Woman’s Health in McAllen was the only abortion clinic in the valley to reopen its doors. Skank for Choice has continued to help raise donations since and currently serves Frontera Fund, Lilith Fund for Reproductive Equity, Stigma Relief Fund and South Texans for Reproductive Justice.

In an effort to raise additional funds for these organizations, Skank for Choice has released its first ever fundraiser CD, Tales from the Border.

This album was written by members of RGV ska band, Los Skagaleros (aka Contracepters on the CD) and solo artist, Carmen Castillo. This punk/hip-hop album was also created to raise awareness about the various barriers to abortion access in the RGV.

Tales from the Border debuted at Skank for Choice in McAllen on May 25th, 2019.

Each song on this 6 track CD shares the stories and experiences that folks face when seeking abortion care. With your donation, you will also receive a zine, Sin Fronteras, which expands on intersectional topics on the border. Submissions include the lived experiences, abortion stories, poetry and art by residents from the RGV.”

Old Bus Sings Songs For Choice, Specifically The Yellowhammer Fund Of Alabama by Old Bus

“My name is Justyn Withay. I live in Tuscaloosa, AL, where I volunteer as an escort at our abortion clinic, the West Alabama Women’s Center. Being one of the three abortion clinics left in all of Alabama, the WAWC is protested daily by individuals and groups seeking to shame, harass, and divert patients from their appointments. One of the ways we escorts try to limit this unwanted noise is by playing music to drown it out. We put together a playlist of songs that aim to be positive, upbeat, and LOUD. On this recording, I covered two of my favorite tracks from this list.

All proceeds from this project will go to support the Yellowhammer Fund (yellowhammerfund.org). The YF provides financial and logistical support to people who are having trouble affording an abortion in Alabama, a state that is extremely hostile to it abortion seekers and providers. Patients have to navigate a morass of state fees, restrictions, and deliberate misinformation about the procedure and reproductive health as a whole. They have to endure waiting periods, to travel as much as 100 miles or more, and cross a line of protestors just to physically reach a facility.

The songs are intended to make the clinic environment as comfortable and welcoming as we can make it. They’re meant to provide stability, relief, and to elevate the mood in an area that overwhelmingly looks on people who have abortions with scorn and judgment.

Please enjoy the music and support your local reproductive justice organization!”

Aubade For ________ by Justin Greene

“Dedicated to Carla Greene.

This work sonifies the environment surrounding the West Alabama Women’s Center, an abortion clinic in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. The clinic is situated in an office complex between busy roads and forested hiking trails. Standing outside the clinic one hears a steady stream of cars and 18–wheelers, a cacophony of intricate bird songs, the wind rustling the oak leaves and rusty chimes, and the sometimes gentle, but mostly hostile, shouting of protestors.

This digital album was intentionally produced with the implication of financial limitation.

All proceeds from this album benefit the Yellowhammer Fund, the first statewide abortion fund in Alabama associated with the National Network of Abortion Funds.”

Songs For Choice by Various Artists from across Pennsylvania

“This is a compilation of songs with the goal of making a difference in the lives of those impacted by the defunding of Planned Parenthood, and thus every penny of the proceeds will benefit the cause. Please share this music with those you love.

All proceeds will be donated to the Planned Parenthood Federation of America Inc.

This was made entirely possible by 13 contributing artists who have immense hearts.

Please support Planned Parenthood, learn more about the services they offer, and donate if you can – www.plannedparenthood.org

Pro Choice by Radium Grrrls


Policy makers listen

We don´t need your control

Policy makers listen

We don´t need your control

We need
Birth control

We need
Birth control

Pro rights

Pro rights
Pro choice
My body
My voice”

From the song Pro Choice (2017).

Artists Lend Their Voices To A New Documentary About Protest Art

If you recall statues of a naked Donald Trump popping up across cities in the US then you might have heard of the anonymous protest art collective Indecline. For the past few years the group has been collecting footage that now has turned into a 45 minute long documentary.

One unnamed representative for the group told Rolling Stone that “What was once set up to be a deep dive into the history of resistance art, soon became a ‘call to action.’”. Via Rolling Stone’s large platform the documentary can now exclusively be streamed in full.

Throughout the film we get a reminder of the stunningly creative, elaborate and always illegal protest art that Indecline has made like renting a room at Trump tower only to create a prison inside that room filled with rats and a Trump impersonator. Lending their voices to share their thoughts on protest art are some protest musicians such as Tom Morello, Moby, Fat Mike and Nadya Tolokonnikova among many more.

Damien Echols, who was wrongfully sent to death row as one of the West Memphis Three, speaks of how protest art literally helped save him from a state ordered execution.

Art and humour have long lived together as well. The film clearly shows how humour is necessary to get a message across. After all, humour is closely related to positivity – and kindness. One of the representatives of Indecline, when interviewed, has a cop in the background who is tied up on a chair. The Indecline representative quickly asks the cop if he is ok before continuing to answer the questions.

The film is directed by Colin Day who directed Saving Banksy. Banksy is another artist who’s work is documented in the film for his creative graffiti that has caught the attention (and inspired resistance) around the whole world.

Original photo credits: ©Hannah Verbeuren

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