Using Music as a Means to Share Ideas

Music is a powerful medium through which to share ideas – that was how I responded to Ari Andrade, who a few months ago sent an email to Cop Block indicating this interest in distribution Cop Block materials at an upcoming hip hop show he was promoting.

From Andrade:

As an involved participant and avid fan of your movement I would first like to say thank you. I am an independent hip hop (lyrical, not gangster) promoter. I would love nothing more than to throw out some stickers or clothing or any schwag you may have to offer.

card-whoownsyou-backcard-whoownsyou-frontSoon after my friend Kate, who handles shipping of items for Cop Block (as well as the writing of the script used for the weekly, 5-min Police Accountability Report and editing of submissions) sent to Andrade a stack of “Who Owns You?” flyers [download flyers, purchase flyers], a couple girls shirts, a couple tshirts and a hoodie.

I also posted about the event on Cop Block’s Facebook page in an effort to put it on the radar of more Copblockers in the area.

The show Andrade promoted, Sapient/ Luck-One/ ThatKidCry / EPS, occured on March 23, 2013 in Corvallis, OR. He recently shared:

Thank you so much for your support. cop block, the movement is growing. my show was one hundred and ten percent successful. i passed each person who walked through the door the cards you sent me on what to do when pulled over. i received so much praise on integrating copblock.org with my show. i had over 300 people there. also, i had the dj talk up copblock on the microphone as well. i just got back from san bernadino. i went to a music festival there and they had 40 thousand in attendance. i met a famous hip hop artist and he complained to me about the police situation there. i told him that copblock sponsored my last show and he wants me to book him on the west coast now. i would love for cop block to be a part of every show i book and promote. i look forward to donating more money to the cause when i can. thanks again pete. and when i get another show off the ground (my headliner will be a nationally known artist), i will make sure cop block is a part of it to spread the word.

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Ari Andrade ensuring a good show

Awesome! I consider such relationships a win-win.

Music – not the manufactured garbage pushed via the big media conglomerates – can act as a powerful solvent to erode-away programming and distractions and cause the listener to think for themselves. It can be very empowering. And that can only help to bring-about a good conclusion.

That’s why Cop Block will have a presence at the upcoming Sleep No More – Rhyme For A Reason show, promoted by Michael Heise, that’ll happen on April 27th, in Elizabeth, NJ (just outside NYC).

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And it’s why we’ve worked to make more folks aware of Rebel Inc., Bastard Son, and other on-point musicians/bands.

This outreach method will be continued so long as Cop Block has the capacity as I believe it pays dividends.
Materials cost coin. As does shipping. If you too think this a worthwhile effort consider making a donation. If you know of musicians/bands that Cop Block should consider collaborating with, please let us know.
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Pete Eyre

Pete Eyre is co-founder of CopBlock.org. As an advocate of peaceful, consensual interactions, he seeks to inject a message of complete liberty and self-government into the conversation of police accountability. Eyre went to undergrad and grad school for law enforcement, then spent time in DC as an intern at the Cato Institute, a Koch Fellow at the Drug Policy Alliance, Directer of Campus Outreach at the Institute for Humane Studies, Crasher-in-Chief at Bureaucrash, and as a contractor for the Future of Freedom Foundation. In 2009 he left the belly of the beast and hit the road with Motorhome Diaries and later co-founded Liberty On Tour. He spent time in New Hampshire home, and was involved with Free Keene, the Free State Project and The Daily Decrypt.