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Mass Hysterectomies at Immigrant Detention Center? Here Are the Facts.

Whistleblower files official complaint on disturbing conditions at Georgia detention center.

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A whistleblower who worked as a nurse at a US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detention center in Georgia has come forward with a claim that immigrants are facing serious medical neglect in regard to the COVID-19 pandemic—as well as an unusually high rate of hysterectomies.

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Fiona Apple Wants to Teach You How to Document ICE Arrests

"Don't stop filming! And saving the unedited version so you can go back and see all the facts."

Fiona Apple joins the Watkins Family Hour band for Bob Dylan's 'Highway 61 Revisited' at Lincoln Center Out of Doors

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Fiona Apple has narrated a new film that explains how to document and record U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) arrests.

The informative video premiered on Vulturethis week, along with an extensive interview with Apple. "I think so many people want to help and they don't know how," said the musician, whose album Fetch the Bolt Cutters dropped to critical acclaim earlier this year.

Available in both English and Spanish—the Spanish version is narrated by activist Erika Andiola—the video, entitled "We Have Rights When Documenting Immigrant Arrests," was made in partnership with the organizations We Have Rights, Brooklyn Defender Services, and WITNESS.

ICE, which was created in response to the September 11 attacks, employs over 20,000 people. Originally created to protect America, it now seems to specialize in terrorizing immigrant families day and night.

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Artists Are Planning to Take Their Music Off Amazon

An organization is calling for artists to remove their music from the website over ties to ICE.

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Amazon, our guardian angel of speedy delivery and on-demand streaming, has been scrutinized for their affiliations with the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and other government agencies.

A group of musicians, who operate under the organization No Music for ICE, recently stated they were refusing to perform at Amazon-sponsored events. Artists like Jay Som, Car Seat Headrest, and Atmosphere signed the petition, along with countless others. Now, they're taking their activism a step further by choosing to remove their music from the website and encouraging their peers to do the same.

"A mass, collective takedown is an escalation, another step in musicians acting in solidarity with the numerous groups across the country protesting to shut down ICE and end family separations, deportations, and other horrors," reads the organization's statement.

The statement goes on to explain how Amazon has been attempting to compete with streaming giants like Apple Music and Spotify, as well as grow as an established market for purchasing music. Instead, they've only made a small blip on the radar: According to an industry insider who spoke with No Music for ICE, Amazon only accounted for about 4 percent of first-week streams from a handful of major rock acts. Because of this, the statement explains, removing music is an effective way to "kick Amazon where it hurts."

But the timing is important, too; No Music for ICE explains that the mass takedown will start on Black Friday, continuing throughout the holiday season, when a heightened state of consumerism is typically on our minds. The organization's website also includes instructions on how to remove your music from Amazon, for both label-signed artists and totally independent artists. Bringing capitalism and xenophobia to the ground in one fell swoop is surely something to sing about.


Are Memes the Key to a Revolution?

Memes can elect presidents and spark mass revolts. Why shouldn't they determine the fate of the world?

Most of us know that there's something up with Washington and the military-industrial complex that's running our world, which together are ignoring the very real threat of impending disaster due to the amount of carbon we're belching into the atmosphere.

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MUSIC MONDAY | Laid Back, Rainy City Groove

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Minus the Bear "Knights" Suicide Squeeze Records

Minus the Bear are excited to announce the 10 year anniversary tour for Planet of Ice, the breakthrough third full-length album for the band. Released in August 2007 on Suicide Squeeze Records, the fan favorite album was the first release for the indie band to chart on the Billboard 200. Upon its release, Planet of Ice won high praise from Spin as "elegant and maturely conceived," while AV Club noted the innovative instrumentation and songwriting, enamored by the way "the disc uncoils with a sinister playfulness." Playing Planet of Ice in its entirety among other selections from their expansive catalog, the Seattle band will make stops in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, Austin and many other cities before culminating in a hometown show at The Showbox on June 13th. All upcoming tour dates and on sale information is below.

Watch the music video for "Knights" from Planet of Ice

In March 2017, Minus the Bear released their sixth album VOIDS, produced by Sam Bell (The Cribs, Weezer, Bloc Party, Two Door Cinema Club). Their recent release was lauded by Relix as "an exceptionally cohesive effort that ranks among the best of its catalog to date," while Noisey wrote that the dichotomy found on the album "between dark imagery and danceable, inventive rock has always been a hallmark of Minus The Bear's sound". The band's entire decade-spanning discography can be found at Suicide Squeeze and Spotify.

"VOIDS, the Seattle prog-punk group's first new album in five years, is one of the most powerful expressions of the melodicism, grit and heartfelt expressionism they've ever made." - Alternative Press

Watch the music video for "Last Kiss"

Minus The Bear is Jake Snider (vocals, guitar), Dave Knudson (guitar), Cory Murchy (bass guitar), and Alex Rose (synthesizers, vocals)

Upcoming tour dates are listed below.

Upcoming Tour Dates: ( * with The Coathangers or ^ with The New Trust)

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