RT @chapmanchapman: The est. security cost for Melania living 200mi away from Trump is double the annual budget for the National Endowment for the Arts.
New Song & Open Letter #protestsong #thisbadge Can't hold tongues any longer. LINK - http://www.slimkings.com/open-letter/ Dear Slim Kingdom and Beyond,
As a band we tread lightly when it comes to political discourse. We bury opinions deep in lyrics, sometimes for fear of alienating fans, sometimes because we want our music to be a refuge from the madness of the world, not an amplifier of it. In the wake of countless shootings of innocent black citizens, and the dozens of police killings that followed we decided we can no longer restrain ourselves.
We wrote “This Badge Ain’t A Shield,” (audio below) after Michael Brown was killed and two police officers in Brooklyn were executed in “retaliation.” We have outspoken fans that fill our social media feeds with every type of propaganda imaginable – NRA, Black Lives Mater, Green Party, Republican, Democrat, Libertarian, Communist – you name it! We also come from vastly different political roots; some of our parents are liberal civil rights activists, some are conservative, republican police officers. However you self-identify, allow this song to transport you to the point of view of the black police officer, living and serving his community that has been disenfranchised and impoverished by hundreds of years of systemic inequality.
The takeaway is that you can care about civil rights and care about police at the same time. These are not mutually exclusive ideas. Hold the police to a very high standard while honoring their service. Do not subscribe to the red team versus blue team sports style news coverage that is dividing this country because it sells advertising. The cop who kills an innocent black teen and the black teen are both part of the same society, the same country and they all deserve our compassion and solution based discussion.
Be there for those you do not know. Talk to people you wouldn’t normally talk to. Come together over small things every single day, recognize humanity in others and big change is possible.
The Slim Kings
Discovered this gem in a box of old photos. And no, they aren't made of wax. #tbt
Jackson Browne and Val McCallum. Fantastic show at NYs finest theater.
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#newwhiteshoes sound good with @enisa_nik_ ! #sundaysessions now I'm shopping for tiny people kicks.
Light show, old fancy gear, cool kids, Brooklyn sound check. This will be a great night! We go on late so eat dinner and then swing by. Or wish you did @sashadobson_ @joelhamiltone @theslimkings @liberty.devitto