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A Soundtrack for Social Justice, as Heard at Liberty Hill’s Upton Sinclair Dinner

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At the 33rd annual Upton Sinclair Dinner, Liberty Hill Foundation celebrated the new generation taking up the struggle for social justice.  As young leaders backed by Liberty Hill are pushing for restorative justice in schools, fighting for a cleaner environment and stopping families from being split apart by deportation, musicians from all genres are proving that protest music is alive and well.  Here you will find the Upton Sinclair Dinner soundtrack, which includes social justice songs from local artists, national chart-toppers and everyone in between.

While some of these songs reference political music from the ’60s and ’70s, others are rooted firmly in the sounds of today.  There are topical responses to injustices in Ferguson, Los Angeles and elsewhere, as well as songs that meditate on the broader concepts of solidarity and movement building.  In Oscar winner John Legend’s case, the fight for justice goes beyond music.  The singer campaigned to pass Proposition 47 in California, and recently launched a new campaign called “Free America,” which will target mass incarceration nationwide.

Please enjoy these songs for social change, and click here for a free download of "Make it Rain" by Michael Vincze.

1. John Legend & The Roots feat. Common & Melanie Fiona – Wake Up Everybody

2. Aloe Blacc – I Need a Dollar

3. Lila Downs – Minimum Wage

4. Aliyah Leana – I Can’t Breathe

5. Joshua James – Coal War

6. Talib Kweli – Get By

7. D’Angelo – The Charade

8. Kendrick Lamar – Momma

9. Common – The People

10. Cody Chesnutt – What Does Freedom Mean (To a Free Man)

11. Ana Tijoux – Mi Verdad

12. The Game – Don’t Shoot

13. Michael Vincze – Make it Rain

14. Matre – Listen

15. Chicano/Son – Sin Fronteras

16. Bruce Springsteen – We Take Care of Our Own

17. Common & John Legend – Glory

18. T.I. feat. Skylar Grey – New National Anthem

19. John Legend & The Roots feat. Black Thought – Hard Times

20. De La Soul – The People

21. Mavis Staples – You Are Not Alone

22. Sara Bareilles – Brave

23. Ben Harper – Better Way

24. Billy Bragg – I Keep Faith