Art in Action

Every serious movement needs a band.

Social change takes years, often without an end in sight. Luckily, there are socially conscious musicians who help keep that hope and perseverence alive. Both the civil rights movement and the Vietnam war protests became more visible, personal and bigger with the help of Bob Dylan, the Beatles, a "We Shall Overcome" song created by African American textile workers, and Harry Belafonte, among many others, who often accompanied Martin Luther King, Jr.

"Operation Ceasefire" is a new coalition of concerned musicians determined to drum up the fight against what they believe is a misguided and immoral occupation of Iraq. Representing the breadth and diversity of the anti-war movement, "Operation Ceasefile" will bring some of the world's best punk, hip-hop, electronic and indie musicians to D.C. for a free, day-long concert on September 24. The concert will feature Thievery Corporation, Le Tigre, The Pharmacists, The Coup, Head-Roc, Ted Leo and many more. Activists Wayne Kramer, MC5, and Greg Palast will speak. The concert is a part of the larger four-day rally in Washington D.C.

For more information on the concert and rallies, click here.

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