This is our time.

People are rising up, from Tottenham, Tahrir, Madison, Madrid, Johannesburg to Jerusalem, Santiago to Sana’a.

We have to be the change every generation before dreamt of but never achieved. We have to reach across borders, and non-violently take a stand for that dream to make it a reality.

We need to raise a chorus in hip-hop, folk, rap, rock, punk, and country to bring our world together in a song united.

We have to take a stand now.

This album is intended to help build a nonviolent international movement for a more equitable society.

“Take A Stand” isn’t just a song, it’s a mission: the creation of a distribution network and broadcast platform for the music of our international movement. difrent: a one-stop for music for social change, a place where youth singing out with optimism for the change we need to see, for the better world that we must be, will be heard and not silenced.

When my first album Now’s The Time came out in 1999, it raised a clamor seeking to unite people across borders leading up to the World Trade demonstrations in Seattle later that year, yet our vision had not matured. My next album, “Proclaiming Jubilee,” a pop album aimed at preempting imminent global unrest, was shelved by a monopolized music industry that insisted “people don’t want lyrics about a better world.” It never came out.

On the 1-year anniversary of 9/11, my antiwar song “The Bell” circumvented the industry to become the first viral protest mp3/video ever. But I was blacklisted, barely able to tour or make a living from my art, unable to stop the bombs raining down on my family in Iraq. By the time the call for freedom began rising up in Tunisia and Egypt this January and I released Aheb Aisht Al Huriyah, a global majority understood the universality of the crisis, understood that we must commit to non-violence to unite people across every political, ethnic, religious, and musical border for change.

It never was an Arab Spring. It is a global one.

Now, we cannot be silenced. We must raise our voices in unison and be heard. We must take a stand.

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Forty years ago the UN General Assembly passed a resolution against "hostile environmental modification techniques...

The beauty and the tragedy of everyday life in a war zone.

By Wendell Berry

Manifesto: The Mad Farmer Liberation Front

Love the quick profit, the annual raise,
vacation with pay. Want more 
of everything ready made. Be afraid 
to know your neighbors and to die.
And you will have a window in your head.
Not even your future will be a mystery 
any more. Your mind will be punched in a card 
and shut away in a little drawer.
When they want you to buy something 
they will call you. When they want you
to die for profit they will let you know. 
So, friends, every day do something
that won’t compute. Love the Lord. 
Love the world. Work for nothing. 
Take all that you have and be poor.
Love someone who does not deserve it. 
Denounce the government and embrace 
the flag. Hope to live in that free 
republic for which it stands. 
Give your approval to all you cannot
understand. Praise ignorance, for what man 
has not encountered he has not destroyed.
Ask the questions that have no answers. 
Invest in the millennium. Plant sequoias.
Say that your main crop is the forest
that you did not plant,
that you will not live to harvest.

Say that the leaves are harvested 
when they have rotted into the mold.
Call that profit. Prophesy such returns.
Put your faith in the two inches of humus 
that will build under the trees
every thousand years.
Listen to carrion—put your ear
close, and hear the faint chattering
of the songs that are to come. 
Expect the end of the world. Laugh. 
Laughter is immeasurable. Be joyful
though you have considered all the facts. 
So long as women do not go cheap 
for power, please women more than men.
Ask yourself: Will this satisfy 
a woman satisfied to bear a child?
Will this disturb the sleep 
of a woman near to giving birth? 
Go with your love to the fields.
Lie easy in the shade. Rest your head 
in her lap. Swear allegiance 
to what is nighest your thoughts.
As soon as the generals and the politicos 
can predict the motions of your mind, 
lose it. Leave it as a sign 
to mark the false trail, the way 
you didn’t go. Be like the fox 
who makes more tracks than necessary, 
some in the wrong direction.
Practice resurrection.

Wendell Berry is a poet, farmer, and environmentalist in Kentucky. This poem, first published in 1973, is reprinted by permission of the author and appears in his “New Collected Poems” (Counterpoint).

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