We at MHSM feel that it is our duty to do the best that we can with what we have to support our community and contribute to the good of the collective people. During these historical times that are sweeping the world into a state of shock and disbelief, we feel we must do what we can to put our efforts against racial injustice and stand for what is right. We are here to stand up, speak out, raise money, fuel change, rally morale, support the Black Lives Matter movement, and create our future as a human race. Joining The Mile High Sound Movement are artists Lucid Vision and Unlimited Gravity, who have dedicated a new song release to promote this donation initiative. This is our way of contributing to change and using our music to support the good of the community.
“What we’re really doing is sending out a message to the world, or anybody that’s interested in protesting for peace or protesting against any forms of violence” – John Lennon
Follow this link to donate to our Go Fund Me HERE.
Ending police brutality and holding law enforcement officers accountable for racial violence.
Our cause is to support groups that are working to hold police officers accountable, bring reform and honesty throughout the police system, put a stop to abuse of authority, and end racial injustice.
Photo by: Brittany Teuber
The Donation Initiative:
This fundraiser will run for one month from today June 4th – July 4th
We will be giving 100% of donations to this fundraiser and will be sharing public proof.
Follow this link to donate to our Go Fund Me HERE.
MHSM Records will also donate 100% of all Bandcamp donations to the NPAP during the period of this fundraiser.
Raising Money Through Music:
Throughout history the arts have given an independent platform to the voice of the collective people, and the arts continue to hold that torch today. In the words of Nina Simone “It’s an artist’s duty to reflect the times in which we live”. That is why we have decided to use this single release to promote and bring attention to this fundraiser. In the name of empowering and uniting the community, we are raising money to help support the fight against police brutality and misconduct. The organization we selected to receive our fundraising efforts works to bring this change to the court rooms, and was built by lawyers who have been fighting for civil rights for over 20 years. We feel this group is deserving of our help… and is working to create change and improve the quality of life for all, so that we all may LIVE LIFE IN PLEASURE.
Funds raised will be donated to the National Police Accountability Project – https://www.nlg-npap.org
National Police Accountability Project (NPAP) is a 501(c)(3) organization and a project of the National Lawyers Guild, which was founded in 1937 as the first racially integrated national bar association. In 1999, NPAP was created as a non-profit to protect the human and civil rights of individuals in their encounters with law enforcement and detention facility personnel.
The central mission of NPAP is to:
Promote the accountability of law enforcement officers and their employers for violations of the Constitution and the laws of the United States.
Educate and inform the public about issues relating to police misconduct.
Provide information resources for non-profit and community groups who work with victims of police abuse.
Support legislative reform efforts aimed at raising the level of police accountability.
Interview With Director of NPAP
We were fortunate enough to receive the attention from the Executive Director Rachel Pickens, and were able to conduct a phone interview regarding current NPAP happenings. Here are a few quotes from our correspondence…
MHSM – In the wake of recent Minneapolis events and this national movement of police accountability, what projects are you currently working on that you would like our followers and supporters to be aware of?
NPAP Director Rachel Pickens – “We have trained attorneys who are equipped with the correct skill sets and resources they need to defend the people’s constitutional rights in successful litigation, and also supporting families for compensation on the civil side. One of the main things we have currently been working on is discontinuing qualified immunity for police officers as this needs to be stopped. We need transparency of their disciplinary record, body cameras, and the prevention of rehiring of terminated police officers. We need to enforce this on a national level, but the local level is where we start.”
MHSM – What can we share with our listeners on how this money will be used so that we may inspire more contributions?
NPAP Director Rachel Pickens – “We believe NPAP will continue to be a crucial player in this ongoing battle. For us this conversation doesn’t stop when summer is over, we will always need support from the public. These current events are in a way a reckoning of how much we are needed.
Your contributions help us provide our attorneys with the legal knowledge, library resources, educational seminars, and legal documents to reference so that we may facilitate and expedite a successful case. Some of these cases take 5 years or more to work out, and we need to provide our attorneys with these ongoing resources while fighting for our constitutional rights in court litigations. We also need more attorneys; in some areas of the country, we may only have one available attorney for the whole state. This all in turn helps us fight for policy work, legislative reform, connecting our members and attorneys with the people whose rights have been violated and need our help.”
Photo: Nick Guzzo
What Colorado is Doing:
Colorado legislators have introduced a bill addressing police accountability on June 3rd, 2020 sourced HERE .
“It will strip your immunity from criminal prosecution and civil action if you kill someone. If you have misconduct and you’re kicked off the force, then you can’t just go to Aurora and work, or go to Lakewood and work.” – State Representative Leslie Herod
The bill does five key things –
Gets rid of qualified immunity for officers, meaning they can be individually sued if they cause serious bodily injury or death.
Requires body cameras for all officers across the state.
Requires data collection for who is being stopped and searched.
Changes the use of force rules for someone running away from police.
Prohibits an officer who was fired from one city for excessive use of force from applying for another city in Colorado.
Photo: Brittany Teuber
A Message from The Artists:
“It’s inspiring to be able to use our music for something more than just ourselves. We are dedicating our song release “Live Life in Pleasure” to this donation initiative, not only because we feel passionate about the power of the people, but because this is what music is about… Music is about inspiring passion, connection, and synergy in the collective community.” – Lucid Vision
“There are times where it is so blatantly obvious that there are issues in this world so much bigger than ourselves. Right now the world is in pieces, and it’s a true honor to be able to use our most prized tools to hopefully be able to contribute to change and to the solution. From the bottom of our hearts, we offer a piece of us to you, and in return all we want is to inspire hope, love, and unity within you, and if possible, a donation to this cause that we whole-heartedly support, and that we believe could help make a big difference.” – Unlimited Gravity
Hear the new single release dedicated to this cause from Lucid Vision and Unlimited Gravity – “Live Life in Pleasure” HERE
100% of all Bandcamp donations will be added to this fundraiser. Download our music and support the cause HERE
Photo: Melissa Orth
Inspiring Quotes from Musicians in History:
“We all require and want respect, man or woman, black or white. It’s our basic human right.” – Aretha Franklin
“War is not the answer, because only love can conquer hate” – Marvin Gaye
“I believe that racism, hatred, and evil can be healed with music” – Bob Marley
“As a political weapon, it has helped me defend the rights of American blacks all over the world, to defend them with protest songs. To move the audience, to make them conscious of what has been done to my people around the world” – Nina Simone
“It’s so hard for me to even acknowledge America without talking about race. If you look at our society, we have to acknowledge how we divide ourselves up, and that there’s racism alive in this country. And it’s not the law. It’s in our minds. And that’s what we have to actively battle” – Dave Matthews
Organized by The Mile High Sound Movement, Lucid Vision, and Unlimited Gravity
Written by: Dalton Kieta and Cris Bachmann