Friday, May 26, 2017

Open Call for Muralists

We are taking proposals from muralists for the upcoming “We Gon’ Be Alright” mural on Hill and Floyd streets. The idea is to incorporate as many artists from the surrounding neighborhoods (California, Limerick, Old Louisville, Park Hill, St. Joseph, Shelby Park, Smoketown, Card Town, Schnitzelburg, Germantown, Algonquin, and Merriwether) as possible. With that in mind we have decided to split each phrase in half (see template) to make a total of 4 sections and have 4 artists/crews work on each, and when completed all sections should line up together. The only stipulation is the lettering size and placement be congruent, the rest is entirely up to you (foreground, background, font, etc.).
Please visit our Mural Information page for details.
Unfortunately there isn't much time to get proposals in to the city, So please share this info with anyone you know who may be interested.
Design template 

Monday, May 1, 2017

Petition for a city sanctioned mural

We are just about ready to send our proposal to the city of Louisville for a proper 'We Gon' Be Alright' wall. Here is our mock up of two murals that complete each other from every angle (as a symbol of unity), Before we send it off we would love to have a few more signatures on our petition. 
Please sign here.

Friday, April 7, 2017

4/7-9: A Weekend Of Love And Resistance

This friday-Sunday at 1007 E. Jefferson St. in Louisville, Ky, will be the Weekend of Love and Resistance, with over 35 bands and speakers raising funds for the ACLU of Kentucky and Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky. Electric Church members John King and Bryan Burns will be speaking on Sunday at 4pm (right before Catherine Irwin) about the importance of social programs and organizations as a tool to combat economic slavery in America. We hope you can make it out this weekend!
Details here.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

We Gon' Be Alright!

Here in our hometown, Louisville, the day Trump was elected someone spray painted "we gon' be alright" on the retaining wall on Hill street. The slogan comes from the Kendrick Lamar song 'Alright' and was adopted in 'Black Lives Matter' campaigns. on March 10th the city got whitewashed in preparation of Trump's rally in Louisville on MondayMarch 18th.  The "We Gon' Be Alright" sign on Hill Street was a beacon of hope for many of us since Trump won the election, and to make matters worse, there was a strict 'No Signs Allowed' rule during his rally, but we cannot be silenced! So we took a bucket of chalk on saturday before the rally and replaced the sign 100 times for Trump and the world to see. The city quickly washed the 100 chalk 'We Gon' Be Alright' signs down.
We are now collecting signatures to present to the city demanding an official mural be put in it's place, one that won't be silenced by the government. The petition is here, please sign and share.

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Let The World Know!

Now available! Show your support with the Electric Church/POWER TO THE POOR Street Pack! 
A full assortment of Stickers, Buttons, Patches, and literature to spread around your area!

Let the world know there is a change coming! Let the world know that a free and equal society for all is no longer a distant dream but a priority!  

Get the STREET PACK for only $5 with shipping included! 
(Free shipping inside US only, just a little bit more for international shipping).

Friday, January 20, 2017

POWER TO THE POOR Protest Rock album released for FREE

We are excited to announce the release of The Gallery Singers newest album POWER TO THE POOR, today for free!

This album is being released on Presidential Inauguration Day as a socially conscious 'Class War Protest' against the greed of the ruling class, and the coronation of billionaires into the highest seats of federal government. Together with  The Gallery Singers At Electric Church Of The Tambourine and  Louisville Is For Lovers, we are standing in solidarity against the fascist oppression and economic slavery of 50 million Americans. This is a call to action.  The dismantling of democracy and government mandated economic servitude will no longer be tolerated.

The Gallery Singers 'POWER TO THE POOR' EP can be downloaded right now for FREE here:

Power To The Poor shirts are also available here.
More about The Electric Church Of Tambourine and how to join the growing movement of musicians and community members working toward a free and equal society here.

Saturday, August 6, 2016

Open Letter to Bernie Sanders (from a poor person)

Dear Bernie Sanders,
    In my near 40 years on this planet, your run for presidency was the first time I had felt hope for our future as a nation. For the first time in my life I dutifully donated monthly to your campaign; which is not easy for someone who lives on about ten thousand dollars a year. Growing up a poor person one becomes aware and then numb to the fact that things won't get better, that elected officials see you as worthless, that you are punished by the system for the simple luck of being born poor. 
     You changed that for me. For once I had hope that someone was listening. Someone was willing to step up and demand a change. That education, health care, job security, and peace of mind should not be a privilege, but a right for all Americans. That overinflated health care, real estate, and college educations are tools to keep poor Americans in their place with no hope to ever break free from an institutionalized economic slavery. 
     And just when we needed you most, you abandoned us and became a puppet for the very people who have exploited us and actively worked to derail the revolution you started. I am embarrassed for donating what little I had to your campaign, I am embarrassed for joining your rallies,  and most of all I am embarrassed for allowing myself to believe in something I have known my whole life to be true: No one in government cares about us beyond what they can take away from us. And nothing will change for us, unless it gets worse.
     In many ways what you have done is worse than the politicians who came before you. To be given hope only for it to be snatched away and thrown back in our face is much worse than not having hope to begin with. In some ways it may be a blessing, for I will never allow myself to become a pawn again for a politician.  
    The expected life span for someone in my economic demographic is around 60; much less than privileged Americans. I have lived nearly two thirds of my life already. It is just a fact that poor people know. We will live shorter, more stressful lives than someone of your standing. It isn't fair of course, but there is nothing we can do about it. You allowed me to believe that while this might not change for me, it could change for the millions of Americans who will be born after I am gone. 
   For this, I cannot forgive you. Lower income Americans have to struggle every day of their lives with no hope of refuge. To give millions of Americans hope only to switch sides and try to connivence them to support the very corrupt system you once swore to defeat is deplorable. 
The only hope 50 million of us can have is by demanding change. Real change. Not one side or the other of the same coin. Not one of  two choices that clearly have no reason to help those at the bottom. But a change for equality. For freedom from economic slavery. Not millionaires and billionaires that represent 1%. It is time for a change Bernie, and you are standing in the way.
Very Truly,
John King
Founder of The Electric Church of the Tambourine.