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International Clash Day on KEXP

International Clash Day on KEXP

Today is the ninth International Clash Day broadcast on KEXP. This day originated in 2013 when DJ John Richards decided he’d devote his whole morning show to The Clash and the band’s influences and bands influenced by The Clash. Since then many radio stations have picked up on it, and the day really has become international.

Tune in to hear the songs, snippets of interviews and learn a lot about the band and what drove them to be one of the greatest bands in the history of rock music.

This year’s broadcast is centered around a quote from band leader Joe Strummer: “We’re anti-fascist, we’re anti-violence, we’re anti-racist, and we’re pro-creative. We’re against ignorance.”

And they rock.

This is a public service announcement
With guitar
Know your rights
All three of them

Number one
You have the right not to be killed
Murder Is a crime!
Unless it was done
By a policeman or an aristocrat
Know your rights

And number two
You have the right to food money
Providing of course
You don’t mind a little
Investigation, humiliation
And if you cross your fingers

Know your rights
These are your rights
Hey, say what, hey

Know these rights

Number three
You have the right to free speech
As long as you’re not
Dumb enough to actually try it

Know your rights
These are your rights
Know your rights
These are your rights
All three of ’em

And it has been suggested
In some quarters that this is not enough

Get off the streets
Get off the streets

Woody Guthrie was Born One Hundred Years ago Today

Woody Guthrie was Born One Hundred Years ago Today

July 14th is not only a good day for the French, it’s also a good day for Americans fighting fascists.

In honor of Woody, Smithsonian Folkways has released Woody at 100: The Woody Guthrie Centennial Collection. I haven’t bought it yet, but maybe I will when I walk down to Ballard today.

You can learn more about it by watching this video:

And there’s more news. Rounder is working on seven-CD collection that will be released sometime in the near future. And from The Guardian:

A novel by folk singer Woody Guthrie will be published next year, with help from Johnny Depp. House of Earth, which Guthrie finished in 1947 but never released, is being edited by Depp and author Douglas Brinkley.

Depp and Brinkley revealed their plans in a new essay for the New York Times Book Review. House of Earth is Guthrie’s only “fully realised” novel, they said, influenced by his experiences in America’s Dust Bowl, as well as John Steinbeck’s The Grapes of Wrath. Tracing the story of Tike and Ella May Hamlin, “hardscrabble farmers” in Texas, it is a “searing portrait of the Panhandle and its marginalised Great Depression residents”. Despite a slightly esoteric focus on the importance of adobe housing, House of Earth also includes graphic sex, including “a scorching lovemaking scene on a hay bale”.

So while you are drinking rosé or champagne to celebrate Bastille Day, listen to Woody Guthrie.

Other rights you don’t have to show a picture ID to enjoy

Other rights you don’t have to show a picture ID to enjoy

These are the first twenty-five I could think of off the top of my head. My second exercise was to go down this list and quickly ascertain which of them, under certain circumstances, I would give up in order to protect my privacy, my autonomy, or simply because I appreciate the freedom more than I care to exercise it. The list shortened itself pretty damned fast.

What would you think if you had to show current, state-issued ID to do any of the following? By the logic of the Supremes, all of them are subject to fraud and therefore would benefit by requiring picture ID.

1. Entering a court of law
2. Moving to a different state
3. Participating in a political demonstration
4. Registering as a member of a political party
5. Signing a petition
6. Registering to vote
7. Attending public school
8. Borrowing from a public library
9. Attending religious services
10. Renting an apartment
11. Acquiring a defense lawyer 
12. Having a child
13. Exchanging foreign currency
14. Reporting a crime
15. Attending a political forum
16. Donating to a presidential campaign
17. Accessing the internet
18. Purchasing medication
19. Donating to a charity
20. Accepting charity
21. Exercising your constitutional rights
22. Spending federal currency
23. Purchasing controversial publications
24. Choosing a religion
25. Denying your religion 

If we allow the fascist, rule-mongering elitists of the republican party to require proof of ID in order to exercise our freedoms, what’s to stop them from making stricter the laws that govern the issuance of picture ID?

It cost me $50 to renew my driver license last month. A passport is just as much with 5 times the hassle. My own mother went years without a driver license and never applied for welfare because she didn’t want my father, who had threatened to kill her and steal her children, once he was released from prison, to find us. I can’t imagine how many other reasons people with serious reasons to have a say in local, state, and federal politics might simply choose to forgo their rights in order to maintain their own self-determination and autonomy. 

This supreme court is out of control.