Crosby, Stills and Nash have been political for as long as rock music has been political, speaking out on important issues since Vietnam. Now, they’re banding together with Tom Morello, former Rage Against the Machine guitarist and practically Occupy Wall Street’s musical spokesman, for a benefit concert protesting California politics.
The concert, to be held at Los Angeles’ Nokia Theatre, will raise money and awareness in the hopes of defeating California’s Proposition 32, the L.A. Times reports. Prop. 32 involves campaign finances, specifically, setting up limitations on contributions to state and local elections by corporations, unions, government employees and more. While the proposition seems like something diehard liberals CSN and Morello would support, Morello explains in a statement that “out-of-state corporations are using Prop. 32 to tilt the playing field even more in their direction and away from real people.”
Morello continues: “This is about oil, tobacco, banking and insurance companies gaining the power necessary to re-write laws to fit their agenda … [of] more tax credits for shipping jobs overseas, weaker consumer protections and relaxing air quality laws.”
The League of Women Voters of California explains the anti-position on Prop. 32 further on its website: “This measure is not the campaign finance reform measure its proponents say it is. Proposition 32 promises ‘political reform’ but is really designed by special interests to help themselves and harm their opponents. It looks like a campaign finance reform measure but unfairly targets one set of large campaign donors while giving other donors unlimited power. Its ban on payroll deductions for political giving will affect unions but not corporations, and even the restriction it places on contributions to candidates by corporations is full of loophole exemptions. It does not fix the problem of money in politics; Super PACs and independent expenditure committees will continue to spend without limitation.”
Most recently, David Crosby, Graham Nash and Tom Morello have all performed in conjunction with the Occupy Wall Street movement in New York, in addition to their years of political activism. Just last week, Morello, who started an Occupy “guitarmy” through NYC on May Day, led an Occupy Wall Street one-year anniversary concert.
– Jillian Mapes, CBS Local