Politics and Protests

updates: Mexico, protests, and vegan pulled pork.

April 20, 2017

We’re playing VANS WARPED TOUR MEXICO on May 27th!
tickets are available HERE.

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Before our show in Luxembourg this Sunday we’ll be in Cologne, Germany, to join the anti-adf protests:

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Groezrock is just over a week away and we are looking forward to going back. We’ve collaborated with our friends at Just Like Your Mom Catering to bring Vegan Pulled Pork to Groezrock. A portion of the profits from the Vegan Pulled Pork will go to benefit Hardcore Help Foundation. You can find more on their latest campaign here: www.hardcore-help.org/water-is-life

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“YOU’RE FIRED!” video

April 5, 2017

Video edited and animated by Chris Fafalios.
Live footage filmed by Dillon Flowers of Grey Fox Live.

“Live Vol. 1” available now!
LP: http://a-frecords.limitedrun.com/prod…
MP3: https://anti-flag.bandcamp.com/album/…

EUROPE TOUR KICKS OFF NEXT WEEK! http://www.anti-flag.com/tour-dates/

I AM ANTI-ISLAMOPHOBIA

January 19, 2017

I AM ANTI-CLASSISM

January 17, 2017

ROCK AGAINST THE TPP – PITTSBURGH!

October 5, 2016

ROCK AGAINST THE TPP Pittsburgh is happening November 3 at Mr. Small’s Theatre! The show is FREE with RSVP: https://www.rockagainstthetpp.org/pittsburgh-pa/

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PITTSBURGH, PA––Pittsburgh-based punk band Anti-Flag will headline a free concert at Mr Smalls Theater on Thursday, November 3rd, as part of the nationwide “Rock Against the TPP” tour, which features high profile musicians and celebrities sounding the alarm about the dangers of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement, the unpopular corporate deal that has been a contentious issue this election year. The show runs from 6pm – 11pm and will also feature legendary Pittsburgh labor singer Anne Feeney, buzzworthy bi-lingual rockers Downtown Boys, plus Taina Asili, Evan Greer, Ryan Harvey, and Son of Nun, as well as speakers from a wide range of organizations opposing the TPP.

See more details and a full lineup here: https://www.rockagainstthetpp.org/pittsburgh-pa

See PHOTOS & VIDEO from previous stops here.

The TPP has little to do with trade, but instead grants multinational corporations extraordinary new powers to threaten jobs, the environment, affordable medicine, free speech, and food safety.

Anti-Flag are one of the most popular musical acts to emerge from Pittsburgh, and tour extensively performing politically charged punk rock that’s half circle pit, half picket line. The band issued the following statement ahead of the November 3rd concert:

“The Rock Against The TPP shows that we have played across the US and Canada were so amazing that we had to curate one in our beloved hometown of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania – Pittsburgh, an international epicenter of the labor movement  – a city where union loyalty and the fight for human rights courses through the veins of its citizens to this very day. The Rock Against The TPP shows are beyond educational, they’re inspirational. They are a true testament to music’s ability to bring people together and create positive change; a rally to energize us all to continue to fight against The TPP and all of the ills it will bring to the world.”

“The Trans-Pacific Partnership is not about ‘free trade,’ it’s about corruption,” said Evan Greer, campaign director of Fight for the Future and lead organizer of the tour, “we’re harnessing the power of music and culture to sound the alarm about this corporate power grab and stop it in its tracks.”

Organized by digital rights group Fight for the Future in partnership with legendary guitarist Tom Morello (Prophets of Rage, Rage Against the Machine, Audioslave) and riot-folk singer Ryan Harvey’s record label Firebrand Records, previous stops on the Rock Against the TPP tour have featured high-profile participants including actress Evangeline Lilly, hip hop icon Talib Kweli, comedian Hari Kondabolu, Dead Kennedys singer Jello Biafra, legendary punk band Anti-Flag, Danbert Nobacon of the UK sensation Chumbawamba, and ANTI records songwriter Jolie Holland. The roadshow has already drawn large crowds in Denver, San Diego, Seattle, Portland, San Francisco, and Toronto.

The Rock Against the TPP tour brings together a broad coalition of supporters including digital rights groups, labor unions, environmental groups, and small businesses, and is sponsored by Backbone Campaign, Citizens Trade Campaign, Communications Workers of America (CWA), CREDO, Demand Progress, Friends of the Earth, the International Labor Rights Forum, Public Citizen, Sierra Club, SumOfUs, the Teamsters, and United Steelworkers. The Pittsburgh stop is also backed by the Pittsburgh Federation of Teachers, PA Fair Trade Coalition, and Fight Back Pittsburgh.

Learn more at https://www.rockagainstthetpp.org

Rock Against the TPP!

July 19, 2016

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We’ll be playing acoustic sets at the following ‘ROCK AGAINS THE TPP’ shows:

July 23: Denver, CO w/ Tom Morello, Anti-Flag, Evangeline Lilly, Flobots + more

August 19: Seattle, WA w/ Talib Kweli, Anti-Flag, Evangeline Lilly + more

August 20: Portland, OR w/ Anti-Flag, Evangeline Lilly, Downtown Boys + more

The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is a legally binding deal between 12 governments, including the U.S., that was negotiated in total secrecy with hundreds of corporate lobbyists helping draft the text. If ratified, it would be the largest backroom deal of its kind in history, and it poses a grave threat to good paying jobs, the environment, internet freedom, food safety, and our basic democratic process.

The biggest challenge we’re facing in the fight to stop the anti-democratic TPP agreement is that too many people still don’t know what it is.

That’s a real problem. And corporate lobbyists are hoping to exploit it to quietly rush the TPP through Congress this Fall.

Fortunately, ROCK AGAINST THE TPP will help sound the alarm: Click here to take action and learn more!

Our friends at digital rights group Fight for the Future, legendary guitarist Tom Morello (of Rage Against the Machine, Prophets of Rage, and Audioslave), and his new label Firebrand Records have come together to organize Rock Against the TPP––a nationwide roadshow featuring high profile speakers and performers coming together to educate the public about the grave threat that the TPP poses to our most basic rights. The tour is sponsored by Citizens Trade Campaign, Communications Workers of America, CREDO, Demand Progress, Friends of the Earth the International Labor Rights Forum, Public Citizen, Sierra Club, SumOfUs, and the Teamsters.

Through a series of large-scale educational concert events, protests, and teach-ins, educating people who have never heard of the TPP before, we are igniting a mass movement to stop TPP in its tracks.

Click here to join the fight to stop the TPP!

The Rock Against the TPP tour is kicking off in Denver, CO on Saturday, July 23rd, with an all-star lineup and a diverse group of organizations working together to make an impact.

For more information please visit: https://www.rockagainstthetpp.org

“VICTORY IS PEACE” Art Exhibition Opens 2/12 in Munich

February 10, 2016

SHEPARD FAIREY x NONÅME x ANTI-FLAG

“VICTORY IS PEACE” opens at the Positive-Propaganda exhibition space in Munich this Friday, Feb. 12.

Original artworks will be on show by the internationally renowned street-artists and activists Shepard Fairey (US) and NoNÃ…ME (EU). Anti-Flag’s Justin and Chris #2 will be performing acoustic at the exhibition opening Friday.

On Saturday, Feb. 13, at 7:00pm an artist talking will take place at Café Jasmin in Munich’s Maxvorstadt district. Justin and Chris will also be performing acoustic.

Spaces are VERY LIMITED for both the acoustic performance at 8pm Friday and the artist talk/acoustic set on Saturday at 7pm, so please pre-register by sending an e-mail to talk@positive-propaganda.org if you wish to attend. The final names will be drawn via raffle. So others have a chance to attend, please apply for either the show opening or the artist talk.

 

Positive-Propaganda will be selling very limited edition screen prints to coincide with the show. The print is signed by Shepard, NoNÅME, Chris #2, and Justin Sane.  For info on how you can get a print click here.

 

For more info on VICTORY IS PEACE please visit Positive-Propaganda.org

 

“Sky Is Falling” Lyric Video

May 1, 2015

STOP DRONE STRIKES!

“In incident after incident, eye-witnesses told us of watching civilians being burned alive, or of losing parents, siblings and children in U.S. drone strikes. Civilians wanted to know why they had been targeted when they were not affiliated with al-Qaeda. They wanted justice.”

— Abdulrasheed al Faqih, executive director of Mwatana Organization for Human Rights

http://www.opensocietyfoundations.org/press-releases/new-report-details-civilian-harm-us-drone-strikes-yemen

 

 

NYC! “Human Rights Salon: A Discussion with Amnesty International”

January 26, 2015
Friends,
We are excited to announce “Human Rights Salon: A Discussion with Amnesty International.” The panel discussion will take place February 5th during our “Terror State” show in New York City at The Gramercy Theater and feature activists and members of Amnesty International, along with members of Anti-Flag.
You can participate by sending your questions via twitter using the hashtag #AskAmnestyNYC.
We will be performing “The Terror State” album in its entirety. Special guests include Such Gold and The Homeless Gospel Choir.
Doors are at 7pm, and the show is All Ages. Tickets available here: http://concerts.livenation.com/event/00004D842C0EAC7D

Much love and respect,
Anti-Flag

WE CAN’T BREATHE!

December 12, 2014

“Get away for what? Every time you see me, you want to mess with me.

I’m tired of it. It stops today. Why would you…?

Everyone standing here will tell you I didn’t do nothing. I did not sell nothing. Because every time you see me, you want to harass me. You want to stop me […] selling cigarettes. I’m minding my business, officer, I’m minding my business.

Please just leave me alone.
I told you the last time, please just leave me alone.
Please please, don’t touch me.
Do not touch me.
I can’t breathe.
I can’t breathe.
I can’t breathe.
I can’t breathe.
I can’t breathe.
I can’t breathe.
I can’t breathe.
I can’t breathe.
I can’t breathe.
I can’t breathe.

I can’t breathe.”

These are the final words of Eric Garner before he was murdered by a police officer.  His words tell the story of tens of thousands of people of color around the country who are tired of being harassed and abused by the police. This harassment and abuse is habitual, unremitting, incessant and it’s wrong. It’s an occurrence that people of color face every day in the form of racial profiling, “stop and frisk” and “broken windows” policing.  Can you imagine being harassed by a cop every time you walk down the street, simply for walking down the street?

Mr. Garner tried to walk away from police, he pleaded with them to leave him alone, asking “please,” but the police did what they too often do when a person rightly or wrongly questions their authority – they escalated the situation. In this case, their irresponsible and out of control actions resulted in the death of a person, and he did not deserve to die. It isn’t the first time this has happened and, unless things change, it won’t be the last. Too often the default behavior of the police includes disrespect, escalation of tension, intimidation and violence.

The video of Eric Garner being tackled, held to the ground and choked to death by police infuriates me as it should every American who values human life and the right of all Americans to live free of police harassment and abuse.  This incident is outrageous, not only for the death of yet another unarmed black man at the hands of the cops, but for the pathetic charade of a legal system that America commonly and erroneously refers to as “the justice system.”  Americans cannot keep their collective head buried in the sand any longer. A man’s life was taken in broad daylight, caught on video, the culprit clearly visible and no one has been held accountable. If these circumstances are not enough to require a public trial, then what is?  Without the possibility of an indictment, never mind a trial, the police are literally acting as judge, jury, and executioner. They are handing down death sentences to people selling cigarettes, playing in a park, walking down the street, for being black in America.  Eric Garner was murdered in plain sight for all of America to witness, yet his killer, Officer Daniel Pantaleo, was set free without facing trial. The conclusion to this outcome is very clear: in present day America a white cop, who is not in fear for his life or the life of others, who is not acting in self-defense, can kill an unarmed, restrained and powerless black man without consequence.

The case of Eric Garner highlights two very serious issues: the epidemic of police brutality, and systemic racism in America. Time and again we see documented incidents of police acting out of control. Arguably the most dramatic, disgusting and criminal expression of this abuse comes in the form of them using their authority to oppress and murder people of color. The reality is that WE live in a police state, where the police are a special class who get away with murder on a regular basis. An intensive overhaul of police powers and practices in our country is long overdue.  But for as much as our country needs to face the issue of police brutality it cannot do so without facing the issue of systemic racism. This includes recognizing that we have a legal system that distributes so-called “justice” based on skin color. If there was ever a wake-up call to the shameful state of our legal system, it is Eric Garner’s senseless, violent and unnecessary murder, and our failure to address it appropriately.

Many white Americans cannot imagine what it would be like to walk in the shoes of a person of color nor can they admit that they are treated so much better, and others so much worse, solely because of the color of their skin. The vast majority of whites can walk down the street without ever considering that they may be harassed, let alone killed by police. Being out in public should not become a roll of the dice for your life, but for black men in particular that’s reality, day in and day out.

It is easy to be overwhelmed by the massive scale of racial problems in the United States, but we should not shy away from the challenge.  A first step towards addressing how broken our police and justice systems are, is to recognize and acknowledge the reality of police brutality and racism, and the ways that they pervert the course of justice.  We will only find solutions and begin to move forward when all Americans have the courage and insight to confront the depth and breadth of how entrenched racism is in our society. We cannot overcome racism ignorant or divided. Such a monumental undertaking requires the participation of ALL of us. Otherwise, the killing will continue.

Peace-Love-Respect,

Justin Sane – Anti-Flag

 

(Note: Op-ed originally published by New Noise Magazine online:  http://newnoisemagazine.com/justin-sane-anti-flag-pens-thoughts-eric-garner-incident/)