23.09.2014 news

Hurray for the Riff Raff Launches “Body Electric Fund”, Listen to Unreleased Song for Trayvon Martin

Hurray for the Riff Raff‘s Alynda Lee Segarra is known for taking a strong stance against hatred, violence, and inequality through her music, weaving social messages into songs like  “The Body Electric”, a moving ballad against gender violence. Today, Hurray for the Riff Raff announced a campaign on indiego go to establish “The Body Electric Fund”, intended to create awareness surrounding and provide financial support for the causes and movements championed in the music.

“The process of writing ‘The Body Electric’ was very powerful for me,” says Hurray For The Riff Raff’s Alynda Lee Segarra. “I felt the waves of a 26-year span of desires to see all women free from violence crash into me. It was anger, a desire for justice and a dream of change…I hope to use our platform as a band to shine the spotlight on those organizations that do the work that can truly change our futures.”

The campaign will support both the creation of a video for “The Body Electric” that will raise awareness of violence against women, minorities and LGBT groups and “the Body Electric Fund” which will in turn benefit a variety of organizations working to promote peace for those in these communities, including the Third Wave Fund and The Trayvon Martin Foundation.

Those who donate $10 or more to the indiegogo campaign will be able to download a previously unreleased track, “Everybody Knows (for Trayvon Martin)”, which premiered at TIME. The band hopes to raise $20,000 to fund the creation of “The Body Electric” video and The Body Electric Fund. $10,000 will go toward the making of a music video which will shed light on violence against women, minorities, and the LGBT community. After the video expenses have been met, the rest of the money raised will go to The Body Electric Fund. The Body Electric Fund is powered by RPM, a nonprofit agency that provides artists with strategy and support for their activism and philanthropy.

About the Third Wave Fund

The Third Wave Fund is the only national fund that supports and strengthens youth-led gender justice activism who proudly bridge feminist, queer, and trans organizers and donor communities for the sake of a stronger, more resourced movement for gender, racial, and economic justice.

About the Trayvon Martin Foundation

The Trayvon Martin Foundation’s purpose is to create awareness of how violent crime impacts the families of the victims and to provide support and advocacy for those families in response to the murder of Trayvon Martin

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