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Happy Holidays all! If you follow us on Instagram, you know we recently released the official Teens Resist playlist on Spotify. It's our holiday present to you and features beautiful, empowering and topical songs.
Since we know that some don't have Spotify, we're releasing the list of songs in the playlist. Keep in mind that they're in a specific order.
Here they are:
Star Spangled Banner- LIve at Woodstock by Jimi Hendrix
America by Logic
We the People... by A Tribe Called Quest
Fat Fingers (30 Days 30 Songs) by clipping
Klown Wit da Nuclear Code by Stew and the Negro Problem
All American Made by Margo Price
Cranes in the Sky by Solange
When the World Was at War We Kept Dancing by Lana del Ray
Talkin' Bout a Revolution by Tracy Chapman
Woke Up This Morning by John Legend
Dis Generation by A Tribe Called Quest
Hold the Line by Pete Seeger
Rebel Rebel by David Bowie
No Man is Big Enough for My Arms by Ibeyi
Dear Hate by Maren Morris
Rise Up by Andra Day
Praying by Kesha
The Revolution Will Not Be Televised by Gil Scott-Heron
Black SpiderMan by Logic
Almost Like Praying by Lin-Manuel Miranda and Artists for Puerto Rico
A Wall by Downtown Boys
Immigrants (We Get the Job Done) by K'NAAN, Snow Tha Product, Riz MC and Residente
We Shall Overcome by Mahalia Jackson
***Flawless by Beyonce & Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Girls Like Girls by Hayley Kiyoko
Lgbt by cupcakKe
God Bless America (And All the Beautiful Women in It) by Lana del Ray
S.L.U.T by Bea Miller
LAND OF THE FREE by Joey Bada$$
A Change is Gonna Come by Sam Cooke
America by Simon & Garfunkel
POWER by Kanye West
Fight the Power by Public Enemy
Rebel Music (3 O'Clock Roadblock) by Bob Marley and the Wailers
Born This Way by Lady Gaga
Coming in From the Cold by Bob Marley and the Wailers
Feeling Good by Nina Simone
Higher Ground by Stevie Wonder
Don’t Touch My Hair by Solange
Can’t Get Enough of Myself by Santigold
Doc Wop (That Thing) by Ms. Lauryn Hill
Purple Rain by Prince
Born in the U.S.A. by Bruce Springsteen
Imagine by John Lennon
Memory of… (US) by De La Soul
Strange Fruit by Billie Holiday
Only a Pawn in Their Game by Bob Dylan
Alright by Kendrick Lamar
Pray by Sam Smith
All These Governors by The Evens
Revolution by The Beatles
This Land is Your Land by Woody Guthrie
The Times They Are A-Changin’ by Bob Dylan
Freedom by Anthony Ramos
Still by Seinabo Sey
This Little Light of Mine by Ladysmith Black Mambazo
Peace, love & power,
ps: There will not be a list this week, as we are taking a break for the holidays. We hope you all have time to breathe, spend time with loved ones and maybe even a break from the news.
We hope you have a rejuvenating week!
Hello Teen Resisters! This week got off to a great start, with Doug Jones' victory in Alabama. However, some bad news followed. Yesterday, the FCC voted to repeal Net Neutrality. You've probably been seeing things all over social media, so we're here for the rundown and the action to take. Don't get it twisted: we still have time to turn it around. The bill may have been passed, but there's a lot to do to stop it from being implemented.
NOTE: We'd love to reiterate: calling your senators DOES make a difference. Their staff listen to every message and read every fax and report back to their bosses.
What even is net neutrality?
83% of Americans support Net Neutrality. Net Neutrality is the principle that internet and cable companies should not be able to control or see the content that you look at online. At its core, it's our right to communicate freely online. As Free Press reports, "It ensures that internet service providers (ISP) like Verizon, AT&T, etc. provide us with open networks — and that they do not block or discriminate against any applications or content that ride over those networks. Just as your phone company cannot and should not decide who you call and what you say on that call, your ISP cannot and should not interfere with the content you view or post online." Without Net Neutrality, the internet could be divided into fast and slow lanes, with anyone who cannot afford the fast part being forced to have crappy internet access. Companies could also block opinions they disagree with (Prime example: Before Net Neutrality, Verizon blocked NARAL Pro-Choice America from sending text updates because they are "controversial").
What will it affect?
As you very well know, the internet is a huge component of our world. It is the way we get news, it helps small businesses, it spreads ideas, it helps people get resources and organize movements. The removal of Net Neutrality will also affect marginalized communities. The internet has served as an incredible resource for people of color, religious minorities and LGBTQ+ people often depend on the internet for resources, connections, organization and to fight against oppression. Not only that, but social media itself transcends social groups and has helped people from so many different places and cultures learn about each other. It is an emblem of free speech, and while it obviously has its faults, it should not be classed. That will change everything.
Why should i care?
Firstly, you might have to pay extra for your internet and social media. Your content will load slower, it will be blocked (like on school wifi, but all the time!) and your social media experience will change and so will the people you interact with. In the words of Highly Indy's Betty Kubovy-Weiss, "Without the FCC maintaining Internet traffic equality, the service companies will be able to regulate the speeds and prices of specific content, giving them the ability to censor whatever material gives them financial and political gain." It's ironic that conservatives talk about a divided America but pass a bill that will make your social media experience even more of a bubble. If people can't afford social media, it will be a very privileged place to be. Also- America is a democracy. So it seems like BS that if 83% of us support Net Neutrality, 3 Republicans in the FCC can repeal it.
What happened to net neutrality?
Trump's FCC chairman, Ajit Pai, used to be a Verizon lawyer. Including him, three of the five members of the FCC voted to repeal Net Neutrality. Note, once again, that 83% of Americans disagree with this.
What you can do:
The Congressional Review Act allows Congress to reverse this act. We have 60 days.
Share this list on your social media to spread the word! We are looking to spread truthful, comprehensive news and ways to speak out and that starts with student support.
Most important websites:
Highly Indy Article
Petitions: Super Quick and Easy (Less than 1 minute)! ACLU Petition to tell Congress to pressure the reversing of this policy; Free Press Petition
Tweet undecided reps: Less than 1 minute. On battleforthenet.com, they have a way to tweet any undecided reps.
Writing Letters w/ Battle for the Net: 2 minutes. battleforthenet.com. At the top.
RESIST Bot: About 3-5 minutes. You've undoubtedly seen posts telling you to text RESIST to 50409 or message RESIST Bot on Facebook. Do it! It's a really easy way to reach your representatives about any topic. Once you're done entering your info, copy and paste this script at their prompting:
Script (please edit and add to this as you see fit!)
I am a student who depends on free internet to function and succeed in and outside of my school, and with the repeal of net neutrality, my personal freedoms as a student and individual on the internet are being taken away.
So yes -- net neutrality has been repealed, but we can still fight back with your platform and support. Please use your office and voice to speak out and demand a congressional review of the repeal. This is what the CRA was made for. I strongly urge you to exercise that right.
Thank you in advance for protecting your constituents' rights and helping save the internet!
Calling Congress: About 5-7 minutes. Text BATTLE to 384-387 to be connected to your reps OR call 202-224-3121. Read BFTN's script or the one above. BONUS POINTS: Call Republican or Conservative congresspeople to let them know.
Email or call the FCC: The FCC is what is behind this and calling/emailing them will help a lot. Visit https://www.fcc.gov/about/contact to write or call leadership or leave a comment.
DOG VID OF WEEK: In honor of this week's list, a dog using the internet: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tAmSbvNELLg
A lot has happened in the past week. Firstly, even more accusations of sexual assault surfaced, with Matt Lauer being fired from Today and Donald Trump claiming that it "wasn't his voice" on the Access Hollywood pussy tapes of last year. Then, DT was at it again with his endorsement of child molester Roy Moore yesterday. We don't want to overwhelm you, so we've created a shortlist of ways to quickly help with the numerous issues of the week, as well as a few briefings, as always. And you are totally allowed to pick and choose! Go forth and fire back.
What went down
Cute Puppy Vid of Week: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rbyVJlSu1XI
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