Today we rally across the nation against the proposed loosening of FCC media ownership regulations - on Saturday the 31st, we rally against the dreaded RAVE Act, provisions of which were shoehorned into the unrelated AMBER Alert Bill:
- Recently formed electronic music activist group the Dance And Nightlife Coalition of Electronic Music, a.k.a. DANCEmusic, presents Show Our Strength: Freedom To Dance 2 at the Westwood Federal Building, 11000 Wilshire Blvd. on Saturday May 31st from 1pm - 8pm. This free event will feature LA's top DJs, speeches by members of the electronic dance music community and other progressive groups, and tabling from a variety of activist organizations. A consortium of artists, promoters, organizations, vendors and other members of the electronic music community are sponsoring the event.
Show Our Strength: Freedom To Dance 2 is a rally to showcase the unity and power of the Electronic Music Community to our political leaders in Washington and locally. We will take this time to share with the larger community the concerns of our scene in this pivotal moment in US history. We will demonstrate that we are organized, dedicated, active, Americans who will not stand for the trampling of the civil rights of our vibrant and creative community, under laws like the RAVE Act or similar future incursions. Groups in New York City, Washington DC and Seattle are also participating by holding their own events in this showcase of the strength and positivity of the electronic music community.
The following DJs are confirmed for the event: Richard "Humpty" Vission (Powertools - 105.9 FM), Deepsky (Kinetic Records/LA), DJ Motiv8 (Black Eyed Peas), Liza Richardson (KCRW), Steve Loria (ICU Media), and Machete (Respect/Junglist Platoon).
Organizations who are actively using electronic music as a platform for social and political change will be tabling. DanceSafe (www.dancesafe.org), EMDEF - the Electronic Music Defense and Education Fund (www.emdef.org), NextAid (www.nextaid.org), the American Civil Liberties Union, (www.aclu.org), Dance For Peace, Rock The Vote (www.rockthevote.org) and others will be distributing info, signing people up for their mailing lists, registering voters and more.
Additionally there will be a variety of speakers including Francis DellaVecchia (DANCEmusic, former LA Mayoral candidate), promoters from B3Cande, Rock The Vote's Executive Director Jehmu Greene, representatives from DanceSafe and more to be confirmed.