So, the members of IfIHadAHiFi have been obsessed with following the current drama in Madison, as our beloved Wisconsin's governor has declared war on working class Americans and has attempted to strip public unions of essentially all their power. We have tons of friends and family that work in the public sector, and frankly, knowing what this bill could do to them and their livelihood makes us seethingly angry.
So we're doing something about it.
We spent this weekend recording a new song--a protest song titled "Imperial Walker." It's for sale now as a download on our Bandcamp site with a suggested minimum price of $1. Each dollar we receive from this track will be donated to Progressives United, the new Political Action Committee founded by former US Senator (and the closest thing I personally have ever had to a political hero) Russ Feingold.
Here's the text I posted on the Bandcamp page:
IfIHadAHiFi couldn't be prouder of our Wisconsin roots and our state's progressive heritage. The current assault on working Wisconsinites on the part of our current governor is an affront on that heritage, and an all-out class war on our beloved state's working class. The least we could do was show our support in the tried and true tradition of the old-fashioned working-class protest song.
100% of the proceeds from this download will go to Russ Feingold's new Progressives United PAC. Progressives United was formed to take on the ever-growing influence of corporate America in our political process, as further empowered by the Supreme Court's erroneous "Citizens United" decision. Nowhere in the country right now is that influence felt more dramatically than in Wisconsin, where the Koch Brothers currently work in tandem with Governor Scott Walker to bust public sector unions. Visit www.progressivesunited.org to learn more about Mr. Feingold's latest venture.
We couldn't have made this project happen without three fantastic people: Shane Hochstetler, who generously donated the use of Howl Street Recordings for no cost; and Nick Ehlert and Dan Siercks who donated their weekends, also at no cost, to engineer and assist, respectively. Amazing people in this town.
Spread this around on your Facesbooks and your Twitterses, won't you? Let's bum the governor out and make Russ some scratch and help him fight people like the Koch Brothers and other corporate interests sticking their noses into our political process.