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Stand Up and Say #NoDAPL

Posted by Erin Bechtol

Pace e Bene’s board member Rev. Lennox Yearwood, Executive Director of Hip Hop Caucus, collaborated on a project to highlight the ongoing efforts to stop the pipeline at Standing Rock.  He needs your support to make the song and video go viral!  Read his message below.

I want to share a bit of hope with you: a #NoDAPL music video we put together through our People’s Climate Music project with my brother Taboo, (solo hip hop artist and member of the Grammy Award-winning group Black Eyed Peas) is nominated for a 2017 MTV Video Music Award!!!!

Hip Hop Caucus created the song and video with Taboo, along with artist/activist Shailene Woodley, and the Magnificent Seven, a group of talented artists from different Native American tribes across the country. Nominated for ‘Best Fight Against the System’, “Stand Up / Stand N Rock #NoDAPL” supports the peaceful, powerful, and diverse movement to stop the Dakota Access Pipeline.

This nomination is a huge honor and incredible opportunity to broadcast the important message of protecting our planet to millions of people watching the award show later this month. Our team at Hip Hop Caucus is making a final push to help the video win. We hope you will vote and join us in spreading the word.

  • VOTING: People can VOTE FOR THE VIDEO HERE once a day until August 17.

  • DIGITAL TOOLKIT: HERE are further details, suggested social media posts, and graphics.

  • HASHTAGS: #NoDAPL #VMAs #PeoplesClimateMusic

Thank you for your support and if you need any other info or help getting out the word please contact Mark at Hip Hop Caucus .

For future generations,

Rev. Yearwood

Let’s win!!!!

More about People’s Climate Music: Climate change is the most significant global issue of our time. The adverse impacts of climate change can be seen in unsafe water supplies, disproportionate pollution in vulnerable communities, and extreme weather like hurricanes, heat waves, and drought. It is only going to get worse unless we work together to protect our planet.

Over the past decade, Hip Hop Caucus, a national non-profit and non-partisan organization responsible for mobilizing hundreds of thousands of young people to the polls since 2004, has built support for the climate movement among cultural influencers. This work led to the launch of People’s Climate Music (PCM) in the fall of 2014 with the first ever climate album HOME (Heal Our Mother Earth), featuring artists such as Common, NE-YO, Elle Varner, and numerous other award-winning artists.

In 2014, PCM focused on climate action; in 2015, PCM focused on the water crisis in Flint; in 2016, PCM focused on the fight against the Dakota Access Pipeline; and in 2017, PCM is fighting for our most vulnerable communities that are being impacted by climate change now.

The goal of People’s Climate Music is to expand the base and scope of the climate movement, reach deeper into popular consciousness to drive climate action among diverse constituencies, and inspire action. For more information, please visit

People’s Climate Music Artists Include: Common, Taboo, Malik Yusef, Antonique Smith, NE-YO, Raheem DeVaughn, Shailene Woodley, The Magnificent Seven, Kumasi, Crystal Waters, Candice Glover, Jessica Care Moore, Sonna Rele, Karmin, Elle Varner, Ryan McDermott, Hassan Khaffaf , KC Joe, Aaron Fresh, Choklate, Laci Kay, Auggie Del Rey, Mandy Rain, Sirena Legend, and Joaquin Evans.

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