via @CultureStrike:“Jailer”: A Migrant’s Song
This week, singer-songwriter Erin McKeown released a single that was inspired by her experience with an activist delegation to the U.S.-Mexico border. Her rendering of the border and the emotions that it evokes stemmed from a trip with the arts organization Air Traffic Control (ATC), which enabled McKeown to see first-hand, for the first time, the conditions and the challenges that local activists face in border communities. Similar to the experience of theCultureStrike delegation in Fall 2011, the ATC artists witnessed legal proceedings (or rather, truncated due process) in the now-notorious Operation Streamline program for expedited deportation en masse), and watched community educators work with youth to raise consciousness about their cultural heritage.
The song that came out of those encounters, with its ominous backbeat and cutting lyrics, resonates with CultureStrike’s mission of weaving art with activism. So we’re presenting it here along with a statement from Erin here.
#TheJailerPart2 by @DevotchkaMusic @ErinMckeown @Flobots in support of immigration reform
The Jailer: Part 2” is a remix of Erin McKeown’s critically-acclaimed song, “The Jailer”, a collaboration between Star Jaguar’s Shawn King (Devotchka) and Stephen Brackett (Flobots), featuring Erin McKeown.
The trio united to create the “The Jailer: Part 2” remix and lyric video as a way to expand their support for just and humane immigration reform. The project was inspired by a visit to border communities in Arizona — part of an Air Traffic Control (ATC) Artist—Activist Retreat — where the musicians witnessed first-hand the challenges facing the recent immigrants and U.S. citizens residing there.
For a FREE download of The Jailer: Part 2, click here.