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OCCUPY AUSTIN JOINS WITH TOM MORELLO TO OCCUPY SXSW


MARCH 13TH, 2012:   Award-winning activist and musician Tom Morello has joined forces with Occupy Austin to rock SXSW Occupy style. Morello has donated his time and incredible talent to help turn one of  his performances during the festival into the Occupy SXSW show. This event will take place beginning the evening of March 16th, at the Swan Dive (651 Red River Street) and will also feature the MC5’s guitarist Wayne Kramer. The show will continue into the wee hours of March 17th, with Morello’s performance beginning at 12:30 AM.

Occupy Austin plans to start a flash mob dance party march from an undisclosed downtown location at 9pm. This style march has been successful in the past at gaining followers by creating a fun, celebratory atmosphere while still raising awareness about different issues. The march will conclude with the crowd Occupying the surrounding area of the Swan Dive, where Occupy Austin will be projecting Morello’s performance.

All are welcome to come out and Occupy SXSW with us.

About Tom Morello: Tom Morello released his critically acclaimed solo album World Wide Rebel Songs in 2011. The album was recognized as one of the top 50 best albums of the year by Rolling Stone magazine and was released on the heels of his benefit EP, Union Town. All profits from Union Town benefited the America Votes Labor Unity Fund via SaveWorkers.org and consists of 8 pro-union songs. The release was inspired by his February 21st, 2011 performance at the Capitol Square in Madison, WI in protest to an anti-union bill put forward by Governor Scott Walker. Extremely active in the Occupy movement, Morello performed at Occupy Wall Street and also made appearances at Occupy sites in London, Los Angeles, Vancouver, Seattle and San Francisco, distributing free tickets to his performances. He is an original member of the rock bands Rage Against The Machine and Audioslave and in 2009, formed the band Street Sweeper Social Club with Boots Riley of The Coup.

Morello graduated from Harvard University with honors as a Political Science major and has been a widely recognized political activist throughout his career. In 2006, he was the recipient of the Eleanor Roosevelt Human Rights Award. Morello’s family has been a constant source of political and social inspiration as his great-uncle, Jomo Kenyatta, was the first President of Kenya, and his mother, Mary Morello, founded Parents for Rock and Rap, an anti-censorship counterweight to Tipper Gore’s PMRC (Parents Music Resource Center). With System of A Down’s Serj Tankian, Morello formed Axis of Justice, an organization whose purpose is to bring together musicians, music fans, and grassroots political organizations to fight for social justice. In the spring of 2008, Morello launched The Justice Tour, a recurring nationwide concert tour. Tour stops, which have featured members of Guns and Roses, Pearl Jam, Soundgarden, Jane’s Addiction, MC5, Alice in Chains, Cypress Hill and many more, have visited cities with a day dedicated to a local charity and a rock show to benefit that charity at each stop.


Rolling Stone magazine recognized Morello as one of the “100 Greatest Guitar Players of All-Time” and he is also featured on “Wrecking Ball,” the 2012 album from Bruce Springsteen.

About Occupy Austin: Occupy Austin is an Occupation and peaceful protest that began on October 6, 2011 at City Hall in Austin, Texas, vowing to end the moneyed corruption of our democracy. It is affiliated with the Occupy Wall Street movement that began in New York City, and also with the “Occupy” protests in the United States and around the world.

About the Occupy Austin Media Team: We are a group of Occupy Austin activists who gather information regarding our upcoming events as well as up-to-the-minute news, and relay this to the press. All official Occupy Austin press releases are a collaboration of the Occupy Austin Media Team. If you would like more information on the topic of this press release or would like to schedule an interview, please contact: media@occupyaustin.org.

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