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One Campaign Debuts Agit8

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On Tuesday, June 11th, the ONE Campaign, an international NGO that fights extreme poverty and preventable disease, launched the  Agit8 Campaign to pressure world leaders gathering for the G8 Conference in Northern Ireland on June 17th-18th to focus on issues of global hunger.

 

During the campaign ONE will ask "millions of people around the world to get on their soapbox and discover the power of protest songs,"  enabling participants to "watch, listen, create and vote for an incredible mix of music and content from leading global artists and YouTube stars."
 

Speaking to Rolling Stone about Agit8, musician Tom Morello said that the theme of the event is "protest and progress and the idea that our efforts historically and currently are not in vain, extreme poverty has been halved over the course of the last 20 or so years and there's the good chance with continued pressure of the 99 percent that extreme poverty can be eliminated."  Morello contributed"The Flesh Shapes of the Day," by his band The Nightwatchmen.

 

Also included in Agit8's playlist is Mumford & Sons and Elvis Costello, with Bruce Springsteen's "The Ghost of Tom Joad," Louisy Joseph covering the classic Redemption Song of Bob MarleyAerosmith - Livin' on the Edge, and many more iconic protest songs played by popular (and even legendary) musicians.  Check out the playlist.