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Occupy Guitarmy to Jay-Z: “Which Side Are You On?” (teach-in protest to take place outside 1st Barclays Center show)

Jay-Z ‘Made in America’ (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
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Occupy Guitarmy posted the following to their site:

The Occupy Guitarmy, a subset of the OWS Music Working group, offers a response to Jay-Z, who today said in the NY Times said in the Daily News that OWS’s actions are “un-American.”

“I think all those things need to really declare themselves a bit more clearly because when you just say that ‘the 1 percent is that,’ that’s not true,” he said.

“Yeah, the 1 percent that’s robbing people, and deceiving people, these fixed mortgages and all these things, and then taking their home away from them, that’s criminal, that’s bad.

“Not being an entrepreneur. This is free enterprise. This is what America is built on.”

Jay-Z “supported” Occupy earlier in its first, highly media-friendly moments through his entrepreneurial selling of “Occupy All Streets” t-shirts, although he refused to donate any of the profits of his sales to support the activists and received wide-spread negative publicity for his crass appropriation of the movement’s language.

Now Jay is rolling with even more powerful and popular friends, namely the LIBOR-scandal leading bankers at Barclays, who put their name on the controversial Brooklyn arena where Jay’s basketball team will play and where he will play eight nights to inaugurate the venue.

Jay asked in the article: “”I don’t know what the fight is about. What do we want? Do you know?”

We have spent one year on the streets organizing for exactly the things Jay rapped about in his early days, ending urban poverty, ending Stop & Frisk and police use of lethal force, of returning dignity and hope to the everyday people of New York City. These are simple civil rights issues we know Jay-Z must support, and we would love to help open his heart and mind to the work Occupy has helped do in his own former communities.

On SEPTEMBER 28th we will arrive at his sold-out Barclays concert to lovingly show Jay-Z what we want and how he can help: by encouraging his fans to take action for social justice in their communities, schools, workplaces, and homes.

Join us September 28 at Barclays at 6pm for an Occupy Wall Street teach-in and musical performance. Let’s be a sincere answer to Jay’s question. In turn we will ask on of him, one Florence Reece wrote in the 1930s and still matters now, “Which Side Are You On?”

If your community organization / musical group / education group would like to join us, please email music at nycga dot net.

UPDATE: Here’s a tweet response from OWS supporter Russell Simmons

J. @occupywallstreet is not a blanket indictment of the rich its an indictment of a system that let’s the rich bribe R government, luv u

The September 28th Brooklyn show is Jay-Z‘s first of eight at the new arena which also just announced shows by Green Day, Rihanna, Bob Dylan, and more.

We last heard about Guitarmy on May Day when Tom Morello, Dan Deacon, and others hooked up with them for a NYC march.

On a related note, Tom Morello and Eddie Vedder recently joined Bruce Springsteen on stage in Chicago. Eddie Vedder also recently played with Jay-Z.

UPDATE: Russell Simmons also has way more to say about this.

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