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A Birthday Wish for A Radically Different Future… and Culture

Dear Friends,

I’m trying something different this year: this Sunday, May 15th, is my birthday. Most of you, probably even those who are my closest friends, don’t even know that, because its usually one of the hardest days of the year for me, and I try to just survive through the day without anyone know it or having to confront it publicly. But I’ve decided to try to change that this year.

Despite the very difficult political prosecution and imprisonment I’ve faced this last year, I’ve actually met and had the opportunity to get to know many of you – and many of you more deeply – through the course of the struggle to defeat this political prosecution I’m facing (and in case you’ve somehow missed that little detail of my recent life, check out more info about it at my defense committee’s website, www.dropthecharges.net). I’m constantly amazed at how many wonderful relationships I have developed through the course of this battle. And even more broadly, I’m amazed at the places I’ve been and the people I’ve met in the course of being engaged in the revolutionary struggle to bring into being a liberated future for all humanity that my life has been dedicated to since my release from prison a mere four-and-a-half years ago.

Although your friendship and support is far more precious to me than anything I could ever asked for, I’ve probably never asked you for a birthday gift. This year, aside from probably for the first time welcoming your warm birthday regards, I’m asking that you help my friends in the band Outernational fund their debut album.

With a sound that busts straight through the drab and degrading commodified cultural confines that encircle us on all sides, Outernational inspires with a liberating vision of a whole other future for humanity – “No borders or banks, no wars or tanks, no nations!” Kick-ass righteous revolutionary future rock that shakes the foundation of this oppressive system we live under. If you dream of a radically different way of living and you don’t wanna hear the same old sound, then you need to check out and support Outernational.

As Miles Solay, vocalist for Outernational, said recently: “We need a whole new culture that doesn’t degrade people or put women down, but shows a whole other way we could live. An inspiring culture that lifts people’s sights and their hope to change the world.”

Outernational is funding their debut album through Kickstarter:

“We are thrilled to announce the recording of OUTERNATIONAL’S DEBUT FULL LENGTH ALBUM!  Basic tracking is underway and 13 new songs are in progress for  Outernational’s first LP and declaration to the world.  Teaming up with the band on this important new recording are drummer Chad Smith (Red Hot Chili Peppers), co-producer Tom Morello, and engineer Jim Scott.

This album is being driven by a radical vision for the future: a world without borders, a new hope for young people, and a rejuvenated spirit of resistance and creation in these dark days of 2011. There’s no other band like Outernational and no other record like this being made now.  We are making revolutionary culture, songs and art for a new generation of kids, bands, dreamers and trouble-makers.  And to do it, WE NEED YOU.

$20,000 needs to be raised in 4 weeks to finish the record and we are relying on you to make sure this happens.  Kickstarter is ‘all or nothing’ and we will only be funded if we reach 100% of the goal.  Rewards for your pledges include vinyls and artwork, clothing designed by the band, and even autographed instruments used in the recording!  But the number one reward for your support is Outernational itself – enabling this band to step out in 2011.”

They need to reach $20,000 of funding before May 15th – so I’m personally asking that you help ensure that they reach that goal. Plus you can get some really cool gifts from the band for donating. But most importantly, you’ll be helping ensure that music with purpose and a radical and revolutionary culture and vision for the future has the chance to break out into society, lift people’s sights and inspire the world.

I hope you’ll contribute, and I deeply thank you for your friendship and support.

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