Your Silence Will Not Protect You.

Via on Nov 6, 2011

Occupy Speaks Through Image and Music

Art and music have always been the inspiring byproduct and narrator of movements aimed at social change. The Occupy movement is no different, as art becomes a key player in expressing the frustrations, dreams and demands of its participants.

As Michele Elam reported for CNN:

Art has emerged as a major vehicle for expressing the Occupy Wall Street movement.

In addition to news this week that street art from Occupy Wall Street and Occupy D.C. was being collected by the Smithsonian National Museum of American History, the movement’s Arts and Culture Committee showcased spoken word performances and poetry readings in Manhattan’s Zuccotti Park.

Showcasing, collecting and studying the art of a movement has long been a tradition for the Center for the Study of Political Graphics.

The heart of a movement is revealed in it’s art. LA indy band, Ubyk, a band that did not view itself as radical or even political, was inspired by their experience at Occupy LA. As Shira Tarrant writes, their inspiration results in music that follows in the tradition of Pete Seeger, Michael Franti and Spearhead. Their words tell their story while uniting and inspiring the masses.

I’ve been a pawn and I’ve been a rook
I’ve sat silent as the medicine took
I’ve been excused I’ve been overlooked…

Now we’ve got something to prove
And we haven’t got a thing to lose
We’ve got something to show you
And we haven’t got a thing to lose

When merged with a collection of revealing and inspiring images from the Occupy global, they create a collective narrative, a story of conflict and a diverse movement aiming for liberation. Watch their music video, “Speak (Nothing to Lose)” and pass it ’round.

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Photographs courtesy of Sarit Photography. Click here for the complete Flickr stream from Occupy LA.



About Melanie Klein

Melanie Klein, MA is a writer, speaker and Associate Faculty member at Santa Monica College, teaching Sociology and Women’s Studies. She attributes feminism and yoga as the two primary influences in her work. She is committed to communal collaboration, raising consciousness, media literacy, facilitating the healing of distorted body images and promoting healthy body relationships. She has worked with the new citizen journalists of the LA Academy of Global Girl Media and the peer-educators of J.A.D.E (Joint Advocates on Disordered Eating) on ways to tap into the power of their own voice. She is an expert contributor in the areas of media literacy and body image issues for Proud2Bme, a NEDA project. She is the adviser of the Santa Monica College Leadership Alliance and the founder and co-coordinator of WAM! Los Angeles. She founded and is a contributor at Adios Barbie,, MindBodyGreen and Ms. Magazine’s blog. Her essay on yoga, body image and feminism appears in Curvy Voices and her extended chapter on the same topic is included in the anthology, 21st Century Yoga: Culture, Politics and Practice. She has been featured on HuffPostLive, KPFK’s Feminist Magazine and The Point on The Young Turks. She is featured in the forthcoming book, Conversations With Modern Yogis. Twitter: @feministfatale


2 Responses to “Your Silence Will Not Protect You.”

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  2. yoga bear says:

    thanks…….all we can lose that is worth anything is freedom, whether it be expression , speech, movement.

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