Protests

“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/

“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

 

Anti-Flag respond to Staten Island Grand Jury’s decision

December 4, 2014

ANOTHER abuse of power and murder by the police and another grand jury that fails to deliver an indictment. Police violence against black Americans like Michael Brown, Tamir Rice, Oscar Grant, and Eric Garner is not the exception, and is not happening in a vacuum. It’s happening because of an unjust legal system that gives police a license to murder and protects them when they do. Anti-Flag stands in solidarity with those in the streets and all of those calling for change to an unjust racist legal system.

This Democracy Now! interview with the executive director for the Center of Constitutional Rights, Vince Warren, is a must view for anyone who cares about the case of Eric Garner.
http://www.democracynow.org/2014/12/4/vince_warren_on_how_police_officers

Anti-Flag respond to Ferguson Grand Jury’s decision

November 25, 2014
In the wake of the Grand Jury’s decision in Ferguson, MO, NOT to indict officer Darren Wilson, Anti-Flag and A-F Records have responded by offering their recently released compilation of protest songs (This Concerns Everyone) as a donation incentive towards funding the Ferguson Legal Defense Fund.  The album is available for digital download for a minimum of $1 from the label’s bandcamp page.  All proceeds from the bandcamp donations will go directly to the Ferguson Legal Defense Fund.


Download link to “THIS CONCERNS EVERYONE” on bandcamp:  https://a-frecords.bandcamp.com/album/v-a-this-concerns-everyone-af067
Link to the Ferguson Defense Fund: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/ferguson-defense-fund

We urge everyone to get involved.  

Justin Sane has released the following statement: 


“Another unjust outcome from an unjust system.  Jim Crowe didn’t die in the 1960’s, it just took on a new form.  And the lessons that America should have learned from the Rodney King incident went right over the country’s head.  

In the many years of struggle against racism in the U.S., there is still much work to be done.  The U.S. legal system is a microcosm of a wider society that discriminates against people who are not white, a society that is drowning in an epidemic of police violence against people of color.  In incident after incident, excessive force and murder by American police is used as an on the job tool.

The case of Michael Brown is not the exception, it is the rule.  This is why people are angry.  This is why people are burning police cars.  This is why protestors in Chicago are chanting at mounted police, “Get those animals off of those horses.”  
Erick Holder’s involvement and the grand jury indictment hearing yielded no justice.  The judgement sheds light on the lack of justice in the legal system — a system that is held up as a system of justice but is designed to hurt and oppress those who lack power in it and benefit those who have crafted it.  The “justice system” didn’t work so the only outlet where people feel as if they have any means to gain a hint of justice is to rage in the streets – be it with a sign, chant, rock or burning police car.  

If you don’t understand the anger of people who are outraged by the grand jury’s decision then you live with an entitlement that others don’t have the luxury to experience.  It’s long past the day that America take a long hard look in the mirror regarding race (and wealth inequality), but most Americans refuse to do so.

This isn’t just about Michael Brown…  It’s about every single person who has been abused and murdered at the hands of a racist, out of control gang of thugs, who operate with impunity…thugs called The Police.

                                                                                       Peace, Love, Unity
                                                                                     – Justin Sane XOXO, Anti-Flag

HANDS UP, DON’T SHOOT! – PUKKELPOP 2014

August 21, 2014

Anti-Flag at Pukkelpop 2014. Justin Sane discusses Michael Brown shooting, and “Hands Up, Don’t Shoot!”

Much respect to our Brothers and Sisters in Belgium, and around the globe who stood with us in solidarity of Michael Brown. The whole word is watching!

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And also much respect to Münster’s Mayor, Markus Lewe, who we were able to meet with during the “Regen In Münster” benefit that was curated by our friends at Uncle M and presented by ANTIfest. The message was heard in Münster as well!

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A-F Records and Anti-Flag have released a newly recorded version of “Police Story” to benefit Michael Brown Jr. Memorial fund. Stream / download / donate at: a-frecords.bandcamp.com

Stop Police Brutality! End Police Militarization!
http://www.thenation.com/article/181307/how-end-militarized-policing

ANTI-FLAG PERFORMANCES IN GERMANY RAISE FUNDS TO BENEFIT JAILED, RUSSIAN ACTIVIST BAND PUSSY RIOT

August 7, 2012

Photo (c) Chris Noltekuhlmann, www.cnphotography.de

Anti-Flag have raised funds directly from two recent shows in Hamburg and Berlin to benefit Pussy Riot.

On July 31st Anti-Flag held a benefit show in Berlin, Germany, at Cassiopeia with bands Radio Havanna and Smile and Burn. The show sold out within days of being announced. In addition to donating proceeds, the band along with participants from the crowd penned letters and words of encouragement that will be sent to Pussy Riot. In a symbolic show of unity and solidarity, Anti-Flag and the crowd at Cassiopeia donned balaclava masks, a trademark of Pussy Riot.

The venue, Cassiopeia, also generously pledged to donate a portion of the nights income to Pussy Riot.

Days before, on July 29th Anti-Flag played Knust in Hamburg, Germany, and donated two euros from every ticket sold, as well as collected additional donations at the door.

While raising funds is central, the band’s aims are also to advance awareness of Pussy Riot’s struggle and to defend free speech.

On June 20th, 2012, Anti-Flag released their cover of Pussy Riot’s ‘Virgin Mary, redeem us of Putin’ in order to raise awareness.

The Song is available via http://soundcloud.com/antiflag/punkprayer

Three members of Pussy Riot -Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, Maria Alekhina, and Yekaterina Samutsevich – were detained by the Russian authorities for performing their protest song ‘Virgin Mary, redeem us of Putin’ in Moscow’s Christ the Saviour Cathedral on 21 February 2012. The three have been charged with “hooliganism” under Article 213 of the Russian Criminal Code. They are currently on trial and if found guilty, they could be jailed for up to seven years.

Anti-Flag condemns the Russian authorities abuse of power and calls for the immediate release of Pussy Riot.

For more information please visit www.freepussyriot.org

Unionrocks.ca and Anti-Flag stand united in Toronto

July 11, 2012

What are unions and why are they important?

The relationship between a worker and his or her boss is often one in which the boss (employer) creates a set of rules that each worker is expected to obey in order to remain employed. The worker often has little to no say over the content of these rules, including his or her working conditions, salary, benefits, hours, and etc.

Many employers prefer it this way. They argue that the worker isn’t forced to work for anyone, and if they don’t like a specific job, then they can always find a different one.

They said the same thing in the early 20th century, when workers were often expected to work every day for up to 16 hours, injury or death was common due to unsafe machinery and working conditions, women made a fraction of what men made for doing the same job, and wages were far below equilibrium levels. Back then, workers began to realize that their choices were mostly intolerable. Alone, one worker threatening to walk off of the job in protest (striking) would not be enough to force employers to change their ways, but hundreds or thousands of workers walking off together would (see The General Strike). These collections of workers began to refer to themselves as unions, and won many victories in the United States and all over the world that many take for granted today. For one such example, check out Anti-Flag’s song “1915” about about Joe Hill, a union organizer that died fighting for labour rights. Because of people like him, employers were forced to communicate with unions over their work conditions; conditions that have now become the standard.

Still, we have a long way to go. While the situation at present is a much better one than that of 100 years ago, workplace injuries are still commonplace. Women still get paid less for doing the same job. And while productivity has increased dramatically over the past thirty years, real wages have remained stagnant. The purpose of a union is to strengthen the bargaining power of workers, and to reduce and eventually eliminate these and other similar problems.

Combining unions with punk rock.

Born on the dusty fields of Warped Tour in Barrie, Unionrocks is an organization that is taking the energy of the mosh pits to the labour movement. Inspired by bands like Anti Flag, Rise Against, NOFX, and the energy of the Warped Crowds, it has for six years brought the campaigns, messages and struggles of the labour movement to concert goers, encouraging them to take the inspiration they find at these shows and to take the call for social justice, better democracy and equality to their friends, their schools, the malls and the streets.

Brad Drake, an organizer for the group, is convinced that we can bring about the change that is needed in our society, starting with supporting and strengthening the labour movement. “Unionrocks stands for dignity for all workers, real social justice, a better democracy, equality, and a sustainable future for us all, reminding all that is labour that has stood at the front of these struggles for more than one hundred years.”

Anti-Flag supports Unionrocks and will be taking part in a meet and greet at the Unionrocks tent at the Toronto Warped Tour. “We are thrilled to be working with our inspiration Anti Flag this year to make Warped 2012 Toronto a very special event, combining the awesome energy and messages of Anti Flags latest release The General Strike, with dozens of activists bringing the loud message that Youth, unions, and musicians are standing up together against the growing corporate threat to our democracy, our economic well being and our society as a whole,” said Brad. Anti-Flag will be performing at the Vans Warped Tour this Sunday, July 15th, in Toronto, ON, at The Flats At Molson Canadian Amphitheatre. Check the bands twitter account (@anti_flag) day of show for the Meet and Greet time at the UnionRocks booth.

You can read more about Unionrocks here.

“Never Be Silent” peta2.com Video And Contest

May 11, 2012

Hello friends!  In co-operation with peta2.com, we have released a new public service announcement based around animal rights and activism.

As one of the most respected punk bands of the past decade, Anti-Flag has made a career of standing up for what’s right and speaking out against oppression. Whether the cause is human rights or animal rights, you can count on Pittsburgh’s favorite politi-punks to fight back. Because they’re well versed in the ways of activism, vocalist Justin Sane and bassist Chris #2 wanted to share their own thoughts on what it means to be an activist—in your community, in the animal rights movement, and within yourself. Watch our video to hear their thoughts and pick up tips for getting active on your own.

Watch the Video

You can also enter peta2’s contest for the chance to win a really cool prize:  a new record player and an autographed vinyl copy of our newest album, The General Strike. The contest ends on May 23, 2012, and one winner will be chosen at random and notified on May 28, 2012. “No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited by law.”

The General Strike Picture Disc

Enter the contest here!

MUCH RESPECT.

ANTI-FLAG

May Day

May 7, 2012

You may have already heard some of the news surrounding the May Day protests on the first of this month.  Unfortunately, many media sources haven’t really explained the importance of the day in all that much detail.

International Worker’s Day, which falls on May Day, began over 100 years ago following a general strike was called in Chicago, Illinois.  Workers all over the city had left their jobs to participate in a rally at Haymarket Square demanding an 8-hour work day, no longer being able to tolerate having no option but to take 10, 12, 14, and longer hour shifts in dreadful working conditions.

At some point a bomb went off, killing several police officers, to which the police responded by firing into the crowd at innocent spectators, killing even more.  Eventually, eight anarchists were convicted of conspiracy, and sentenced to death or prison, even though the evidence was meager, and the prosecution found that none of them had thrown the bomb.

Outrage over the event only made the struggle for the 8-hour working day stronger, and on May 1st 1990, 4 years later, the first International Worker’s Day took place.  It would take more struggles to win the 8-hour working day around the country, but the Haymarket affair is commonly seen a catalyst for this change, and the latest Anti-Flag album, “The General Strike”, takes some of its inspiration from that historic day.

Today, May 1st continues to be celebrated and used as a day of striking and worker solidarity. This year, the day was especially prominent due in part to the success of the Occupy movement.  Occupy Wall Street called for a general strike of all workers and students, and thousands of protestors turned out on the streets in unison.  Various events were held in the city as to encourage participation, including a free university in Madison Square Park that received little to no mainstream news coverage.

“Professors and experts gathered groups around [th]em throughout the benches and pathways of this park as midtowners walking by stopped to look. There was a lesson on “horizontal pedagogy”—how to teach without hierarchy—talks by noted leftist thinkers Chris Hedges and Francis Fox Piven, a discussion about native/indigenous resistance and another about gender constructs, and most pertinently, a student debt teach-in. One guy was even leading a class on “ancient political philosophy” and I was reminded of the Athenian forum.”

In San Francisco, the Inlandboatmen’s Union staged a half-day strike, “shutting down ferry service from Sausalito to San Francisco. The ferry workers are in a dispute with management over health-care costs, and have been working without a contract for over a year.”  In Toronto, protesters took the opportunity to re-occupy, this time at Simcoe Park.  In fact, May Day marches took place all around the world, in over 135 different cities!  It would be difficult to list everything that happened in this entry, but there’s a great listing of the events that took place, here.

Finally, here’s a great video showing what the May Day strikes looked like, should you want to participate in one of next year’s rallies, or even in a similar protest.  Additionally, you can find more information on how to protest and carry on May Day’s energy by visiting here.  And if you did attend this year, please feel free to comment and post your pictures, videos, or experiences.  We would love to put them up in a future news entry!

Nearly 1000 Cities To Join In Solidarity w/ Occupy Wall Street Today

October 15, 2011

It has almost been a month since protesters fed up with corporatism first began occupying Zuccotti Park in the financial district of New York City. While many have extended their support to the people there, just as many have expressed their regret that they could not help in the occupation more directly. October 15th (today) marks a special day, in that thousands (perhaps millions) of people in nearly 1000 cities worldwide are planning similar occupations.

    On October 15th, Occupy Wall Street will demonstrate in concert over 951 cities in 82 countries and counting as people around the globe protest in an international day of solidarity against the greed and corruption of the 1%. 

    Occupy Wall Street is a people powered movement that began on September 17, 2011 in Liberty Square in Manhattan’s Financial District, and has spread to over 100 cities in the United States and actions in over 1,500 cities globally. #OWS is fighting back against the corrosive power of major banks and multinational corporations on the democratic process, and the role of Wall Street in creating an economic collapse that caused the greatest recession in generations. The movement is inspired by uprisings in Egypt, Tunisia, Spain, Greece, Italy and the UK, and aims to expose how the richest 1% of people who are writing the rules of the global economy and are imposing an agenda of neoliberalism and economic inequality.

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We have provided information below as to make your search for an occupation near you easier.

http://www.meetup.com/occupytogether/

Finally, the following video may also be helpful for understanding the General Assembly voting process that many occupations have adopted:

Stay safe, friends!