Activism

Soundtrack to the Resistance: Our First 100 Days Fights Trump With Riffs and Beats

If we can't dance, it's not our revolution.

Photo Credit: digboston / Flickr Creative Commons

Musicians are not taking the Trump presidency lying down. While many Americans were still recovering from the near-hourly heart attacks that gripped the nation as a result of the election, some musicians and artists were already turning their tour dates into benefit concerts for the people most likely to be targeted by the new administration. 

At first these shows raised money for the biggest progressive organizations, like the ACLU and Planned Parenthood, as demonstrated by the post-Women's March show featuring performances from the National, Spoon and Sleater-Kinney. While those organizations remain lifelines to millions of Americans, other benefits and campaigns are focusing on groups that don't have the same name recognition. That's the goal of a project called Our First 100 Days.

For the first 100 days of the Trump presidency, listeners, for a minimum contribution of $30, will receive a new, rare, unreleased or otherwise exclusive track from artists including Angel Olsen, How To Dress Well, Toro Y Moi, the Range and many more, according to the site. All proceeds will be donated to organizations that "are working on the front lines of climate, women's rights, immigration and fairness." The organizations benefiting from Our First 100 Days include the People's Climate Movement, All Above All, Cosecha, Southerners On New Ground, Hoosier Action, and Revolutions Per Minute.

Our First 100 Days was organized by the Secretly Group (an umbrella group of indie record labels) and 30 Days, 30 Songs, a collection from R.E.M., Death Cab for Cutie and Aimee Mann started by author Dave Eggers as a soundtrack for the last month leading up to the election. 

While the 30 Days, 30 Songs project's initial goal of galvanizing support for Hillary Clinton is now past, the project will live on, as the site explains, "to combat apathy, entertain the citizenry, and provide a soundtrack to resistance, over the next four years." After all, "Despite the results of the election, we still believe it’s possible to build a more inclusive, equal, and just America."

Get a taste of the songs below, and head over to Bandcamp to donate and get the full set. 

Ilana Novick is an AlterNet contributing writer and production editor.

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