Bjork, St. Vincent, Sleater-Kinney, Mitski & more contributing to ‘7-Inches for Planned Parenthood’ series
There's no doubt that Planned Parenthood is under attack by the Trump administration; on March 30 Vice President Pence stepped in to cast a vote breaking a tie on a Senate bill that allows states to withhold Title X funds from Planned Parenthood and other health care providers. Trump signed that bill into law on April 13. Plenty of opportunities to support the crucial organization have arisen lately, from benefit shows to protest compilations.
Here's another excellent one: tons of members of the creative community, including Bjork, St Vincent, Sleater Kinney, Mitski, Matt Berninger and Bryce Dessner of The National, Laurie Anderson, Sharon Van Etten, Feist, Common, and Bon Iver are contributing to a vinyl series called 7-Inches for Planned Parenthood. The series will be released in batches digitally, as well as in a vinyl box set with unique artwork to accompany each single.
More details are still to come but you can check out the full list of participants, and watch a video of St. Vincent and John Legend covering Minnie Riperton's 1975 #1 single "Lovin' You" with a little "help" and direction from Zach Galifianakis, below.
From the organizers:
Lawmakers with extreme views are working hard to shut down Planned Parenthood. If they succeed, millions of Americans will lose access to basic health services, including STD testing and treatment, birth control, and life-saving cancer screenings.
7-inches for Planned Parenthood is a response to this threat. This curated series of 7-inch vinyl records is being made by a group of people who believe that access to health care is a public good that should be fiercely protected. Do we know there's a joke in the name? We do. We hope the title evokes the rich history of 7-inch vinyl records as a medium for protest music and resistance.
Planned Parenthood will receive 100% of the proceeds from the sale of this 7-inch box set and streaming listens. We see this initiative as the start of something bigger, and hope it will inspire both contributors and listeners to continue to seek out ways to stand with Planned Parenthood and other institutions that are so vital to us all.
7-Inches for Planned Parenthood Contributors
CHVRCHES (with film clip directed by Kristen Stewart)
Dr. Willie Parker
Mary J Blige
Sharon Van Etten