My name is Tae Phoenix. I am an activist musician. I am using my art to inspire, organize, and unify the anti-Trump resistance with the movement for social justice that has been underway in America for centuries.
Freedom is not a zero-sum game. If we stand up for one another and our shared humanity, we can reclaim our government – this November and beyond.
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We Shall Not Be Moved
On August 13, a white supremacist group held a rally at Westlake Park. A group of local activists staged a a huge counterprotest that started at Denny Park. Our plan was to march to Westlake and confront the white supremacists.
We found ourselves in a standoff with Seattle Police Department at the corner of 2nd and Pine. The police did not want us to get to Westlake and began firing off flash bang grenades and pepper spraying people. They threatened to arrest us all if we didn’t clear the intersection.
Instead of obeying, several hundred of us took a knee and began singing “We Shall Not Be Moved.” I was completely terrified. It’s not easy to disobey a direct order from a phalanx of heavily armed riot cops, but the act of singing with my fellow activists made the situation not only tolerable, but uplifting.
Over the next few days, with the protest still buzzing in my mind, I began to improvise with the main theme of the song. After several revisions and reflecting on our national moment, I crafted an adaptation of “We Shall Not Be Moved” that I’m very proud of. Here is an early rendition.
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I was the driving force behind the “We Outnumber Him! Resist!” airplane that flew over New York City on Innauguration Day 2017. Now, I’ve partnered with Eisner award-winning cartoonist Dylan Meconis on these one-of-a-kind tee shirts, mugs, and bags celebrating the little airplane that could.
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The resistance needs something to dance to
I wrote this song after a relative told me not to take it personally that he voted for a white supremacist sexual predator. Last summer, I got in the studio with my old friend Dave Miner and we made an electropop version.
“Your choices become violence when they break humanity
So we respectfully reserve the right to take that personally.”