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Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Ferguson, MO and Police Militarization

John Oliver comments on the disgraceful stuff going on with the police force in Ferguson.

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Women constitute half the world’s population,

perform nearly two-thirds of its work hours,

receive one-tenth of the world’s income,

and own less than one-hundredth of the world’s property

I saw a guy at This is Hardcore wearing this T-Shirt except I’m pretty sure it was in solid forest green and had a different front logo, but I went up to him and told him how much I loved his shirt and how much Rage Against The Machine meant to me growing up and still today.  He told me he had bought it out of a catalog years ago and it still fit him (he must have been in his late 20’s).  We talked about how RATM has always been a band that kept an eye on social issues while making amazing music in the process. We shook hands and parted.  

I spent hours looking for somewhere I could get this shirt online but could only find an etsy store that had already sold it in 2013.  From what I understand it was printed between 1994-1996 and was notably sold at a show in 96’ where Zach addressed some isolated incidents of women being harassed during their shows.“Women walk on our campuses and have to fear men … women walk in our communities and have to fear men … women come to a Rage Against the Machine concert and have to fear men … well cut it out.” It’s sad to say that these sentiments were ahead of their time among men. Punk/hardcore/DIY bands have been lecturing on the safety and equality of women since the early 80’s but for a more mainstream band to come out and yell this at a crowd of hundreds, even thousands is remarkable. More bands now need to take a note, and I know many do. This DOES NOT MEAN we should stop dancing, stage diving, getting rowdy and doing our thing at shows.  This means that REGARDLESS OF GENDER but ESPECIALLY looking at women we need to always look after each other. As 7 Seconds says “It’s not just boys fun!” Everyone should let that aggression out.  Your anger is a gift.

I want it not just because I love this band but because it’s still important and factual. I want it because how much has really changed since 1980?