Tom Morello and Friends Share Protest-Filled ‘Stand Up’ Video

Last week, Tom
Morello
and a group of friends that includesShea Diamond,
Imagine
Dragons
singer Dan Reynolds and the Bloody Beatroots, shared
“Stand
Up
,†a new fiery song that addressed racism and the current
civil rights movement.

Now, the song has a new video to go with it and includes footage
from the recent Black Lives Matter protests and goes as far back
include protests from the 1960s.

“I grew up in the tiny lily-white, archly conservative town of
Libertyville, Illinois. When I was a kid, someone hung a noose in
my family’s garage, there was occasional N-word calling, etc,
etc. On June 6 of this year, there was a Black Lives Matter rally
and march in that same town that drew over 1,000 people,†Morello
said in a statement last week of the song’s origins. “It seems
that the times, they are a’changin.’ I was so inspired that
night, I reached out to Dan from Imagine Dragons. The Bloody
Beetroots and I had conjured a slamming track and within 24 hours
Dan had sent back a completed vocal. We got Shea Diamond, a Black
transgender woman with a long history of activism, on the track and
the coalition was complete.â€

Prior to the clip’s release, Morello and the other
contributors to the song had a conversation to discuss the song and
a whole lot more.

All artist proceeds from the song will go to NAACP, Know Your
Rights Camp, Southern Poverty Law Center, and the Marsha P. Johnson
Institute.

You can check out both the video for “Stand Up†and the
conversation below.

Last week, Tom
Morello and a group of friends that includesShea Diamond,
Imagine
Dragons singer Dan Reynolds and the Bloody Beatroots, shared
“Stand
Up,†a new fiery song that addressed racism and the current
civil rights movement.
Now, the song has a new video to go with it and includes footage
from the recent Black Lives Matter protests and goes as far back
include protests from the 1960s.
“I grew up in the tiny lily-white, archly conservative town of
Libertyville, Illinois. When I was a kid, someone hung a noose in
my family’s garage, there was occasional N-word calling, etc,
etc. On June 6 of this year, there was a Black Lives Matter rally
and march in that same town that drew over 1,000 people,†Morello
said in a statement last week of the song’s origins. “It seems
that the times, they are a’changin.’ I was so inspired that
night, I reached out to Dan from Imagine Dragons. The Bloody
Beetroots and I had conjured a slamming track and within 24 hours
Dan had sent back a completed vocal. We got Shea Diamond, a Black
transgender woman with a long history of activism, on the track and
the coalition was complete.â€
Prior to the clip’s release, Morello and the other
contributors to the song had a conversation to discuss the song and
a whole lot more.
All artist proceeds from the song will go to NAACP, Know Your
Rights Camp, Southern Poverty Law Center, and the Marsha P. Johnson
Institute.
You can check out both the video for “Stand Up†and the
conversation below.

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