By Julia Burch
Tom Morello, best known for his work with Rage Against the Machine and Audioslave fame, is no stranger to activism. He's had his fingers in everything from Parental Advisory stickers on CDs to the Occupy Wall Street movement. Now, he has released a new song inspired by the shooting death of Mike Brown and the protests it ignited in and around the city of Ferguson.
The rock anthem is aptly titled "Marching on Ferguson," and the lyrics paint a picture of the frustration and anger that has played out over the past months in the small St. Louis suburb:
No peace and no patience / I'm under surveillance / Wish I woulda paid less / Different glove, same fit / I'm marching on Ferguson
Morello first played the song at the Jail Guitar Doors' Rock Out! benefit show in Los Angeles last month, and it's now available for download at Fergusonoctober.com. Morello explains his inspiration in a Facebook post.
Morello performing the song live last month.
"I've witnessed countless incidents of racially motivated police brutality in my lifetime and it's time to say 'enough!' in the name of all those wrongfully killed and abused," he writes. "For all the courageous men and women raising their voices against injustice in #Ferguson, and beyond, give 'em hell. This song is for you."
While the song is available free of charge, Morello urges fans to donate to the site. "100% of the profits from 'Marching On Ferguson' will support defending the protesters in the Ferguson area who have faced attacks, wrongful arrest, and violence from the police."
Ferguson October is a cooperative movement including many organizations to bring awareness and organize demonstrations against police violence throughout the month of October. You can get more info and donate here.
The song represents the first in a series that will be available here, with all profits to a legal fund for arrested demonstrators. Stream the track below:
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