Saturday marks the 47th anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, the huge civil rights rally in Washington D.C. where Martin Luther King Jr. gave his famous "I Have a Dream" speech. This rally is largely credited for helping to put enough pressure on Washington to pass the Civil Rights Act and the National Voting Rights Act.
Of course, this was back when if enough people got together in protest, the government actually gave a shit, not like, say, in the case of our own Heights neighborhood, where a Walmart will shortly be built whether we like it or not.
Rocks Off would not be so vain as to suggest our struggle against a Walmart is as important an issue as the civil-rights struggle of the 1960s. In fact, we're only suggesting a plan of action inspired by the March on Washington - we need to get people mobilized and rallying around the planned construction site at Yale and Trinity with a March on Washington Avenue.
And we're going to need a soundtrack to blast from our beatboxes. You can't go into something like this with human voices alone, everybody will get hoarse, so here's a protest playlist for the march. See you on the mountaintop.
Super Furry Animals, "The Man Don't Give a Fuck"
The Specials, "Ghost Town"
The Constantines, "Working Full Time"
Gil Scott Heron, "Whitey On the Moon"
Steve Earle, "Amerika V. 6.0 (The Best We Can Do)"
The Ramones, "My Brain Is Hanging Upside Down (Bonzo Goes to Bitburg)"
Public Enemy, "Fight the Power"
Arcade Fire, "Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains)"
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Radiohead, "2 + 2 = 5"
Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, "666 Conducer"