“GETTING THE WORD OUT THROUGH MUSIC”
by Dan Johnson, Founder, PANDAunite.org
(Feb. 19, 2014) — BOWLING GREEN – Several national and local artists, inspirational speakers, and activists are coming together for an NDAA Resistance concert tour this spring. Artists include Saving Abel, The Siren, Jordan Page, Tatiana Moroz, and more, with nationally renowned speakers from across the political spectrum like antiwar activist Cindy Sheehan, Dan Johnson, We Are Change’s Luke Rudkowski, Jeff Lewis from the Patriot Coalition and more.
Signed on December 31st, 2011, the 2012 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) has been largely ignored by mainstream media sources. It received a whopping two mentions of primetime CNN coverage, 45 seconds of FOX News coverage, and 30 minutes from MSNBC. Comedy Central had a larger segment on the NDAA than most of these networks combined.
Since the 2012 NDAA is the first law in American history to authorize the indefinite military detention of any person, including American citizens, adding Congressional approval to the same actions of the now-infamous executive order authorizing the detention of 110,000 Japanese-Americans in WWII. The detention sections, 1021 and 1022, authorize the President to detain, torture, or extra-judicially execute any person, including someone on U.S. Soil, merely suspected of terrorism without a charge, trial, or a day in court.
Founded in January 2012, People Against the NDAA (PANDA), and the NDAA Resistance it created, is the nation’s leading movement against the detention provisions of the 2012 NDAA. Since 2012, PANDA has introduced 21 pieces of state-level legislation, helped citizens ban the laws of war in four cities, and raised national awareness of the issue reaching 30,000 – 1.2 million people per week through email, Facebook, twitter and partner sites.
Since the mainstream media has refused to cover such an important issue, PANDA has gathered nearly 20 artists, a crack event team led by Robert Rodrigo and Rustic Justice Productions, and several powerful speakers to get the word out a different way: through music.
The goals of the Take Back Tour are threefold. Firstly, to bring awareness to the NDAA, and spark serious action against it as PANDA has done in the past. Secondly, to encourage local-level action on the issues. Our lawmakers in D.C. want to live in a bubble, so let them. Take local level action to solve national issues. Thirdly, to bring people, especially youth, from across the political spectrum together to discuss issues. There is a huge left/right divide in this nation, and we need to unite to defeat threats like the 2012 NDAA. If we cannot hang together, we shall surely hang separately.
The Take Back Tour will stop in Kalamazoo, MI on April 19th, the anniversary of the beginning of the American revolution, Atlanta, GA on May 25th, the anniversary of the Constitutional Convention, and Albany, NY on June 7th, anniversary of the introduction of the Resolution for Independence to the colonies.
How can I help?
PANDA has launched an IndieGogo campaign to raise the $10,000 necessary to cover the initial costs of the Tour. Donate and receive awesome perks like tickets to the event of your choice, meet and greet with the artists, shout-outs on the Facebook page, and PANDA gear. If you run an organization, business, or other group you want to advertise, get your logo and name in front of thousands of people for rock-bottom prices, while supporting activism in your community. HELP LAUNCH THE TOUR
If you have more time than money, you can help by volunteering for the festival. We are currently looking for graphic designers, video editors, and writers, but anyone can help make this tour a success. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you have a group, and want to sponsor the Tour, the more publicity this gets the better. Contact us HERE
We don’t need the mainstream media. We don’t need D.C. Help spread the word about this Take Back Tour across social media, publish it on a blog, or write about it for your hometown newspaper. Let’s rock the nation awake.