But I do, to some meager extent, know the Deep South, and particularly Birmingham (even though the more I dig into it, the more I realize I don’t know). It’s important to me to be both who I really am and where I’m really from, and to listen to my neighbors (black, poor white folks, latinx, Muslim, women, LGBTQ, etc), who have long struggled under systems that have worked to privilege me and people like me, and to learn from them how to fight those systems. And there are a lot of us trying to do that.
A coalition of artists are calling on the SXSW music festival to drop language from their contract which threatens to deport foreign artists if they perform at shows which are not sponsored by SXSW. The artists are also asking anyone concerned to sign a petition to be delivered to SXSW demanding that the language be dropped.
Spark Mag highlights radical artists and connects them with fans and activists
As the U.S. gears up for four more years of anti-immigrant rhetoric and the global north struggles with, or simply refuses to absorb economic refugees from countries they’ve spent centuries destabilizing, Material Support’s decolonial punk anthems and sharp analysis of transnational power relations couldn’t have come at a better time.
“More than one group of people are being denied access to the opportunities their humanity should afford them. All the best heroes and heroines like Angela Davis & Paul Robeson stood in solidarity with other oppressed peoples when it counted. I’m just one more person following their lead.”