Digital Music Release To Benefit Civil Liberties Defense Center

Killah Priest, Ramona Africa, Willie Nelson Join The Jam Session For Freedom Of Political Expression

Online PR News – 30-September-2010 – – Portland, Oregon - In the 1970's music propelled the landscape for social change. Marvin Gaye, James Brown, The Beatles and Bob Marley fueled social consciousness with music that not only moved our bodies, but our mind and spirits as well. Today, as national and local news headlines continue to reflect a society constantly bombarded by the effects of war, recession, unemployment, terrorism and environmental issues, music is once again heralding an era of change!

Autonomous Music has proudly announced the September 28, 2010 release of "In Defense: Vol. 1" a 13 track, power packed musical CD compilation available via digital release to benefit and support the Civil Liberties Defense Center ( CDLC). Spanning the spectrum of musical genres, from folk and blues to jazz, rock to reggae and of course hip hop, an incredible range of talent graces the effort including Wilie Nelson, STS9, Willie Nelson, Marty Dread, Bluetech, Dr. Israel and Seven, Heavyweight Dub Champion and Killah Priest, Pitch Black, Jeff Luers, Ramona Africa, Blackbird Raum, and many more.

"In Defense: Vol 1" is a musical kaleidoscope that serves as an important sign of the times. Socially relevant, impactful and empowering, the music selections serve to touch on the political issues of our time, reflecting the urgency of social unrest that is upon us.

As Chris Richards, CEO of Autonomous Music explains, "These are intense times that we are living in. As a music label, we felt compelled to do our part to benefit humanity as we move toward brighter days. 'In Defense: Vol. 1" is a benefit for the Civil Liberties Defense Center, which is a nonprofit organization of lawyers dedicated to combating statues such as the Patriot Act and the AETA. They also defend domestic activists that are brought up on charges and teach Know Your Rights workshops around the west coast. It's an amazing organization the is deserving of our full support. We gratefully put this album together and 100% of sales are going to the nonprofit in hopes of keeping it alive. We hope to do our part to raise consciousness and awareness about issues that affect us all."

"Corporations are paying for laws to be placed in federal and state statutes that blatantly violate the US and state constitutions," adds Richards. "The CLDC focuses on challenging and changing these statutes when they are used to censor and eliminate the rights of citizens engaged in political expression. Music is one of the potent expressions of political freedom, so as music lovers, we hope to inspire others to do their part."

About Civil Liberties Defense Center

The Civil Liberties Defense Center ( is a nonprofit organization of practicing public interest attorneys and organizers. They focus on defending and upholding the rights of activists through education, outreach, litigation, and legal support and assistance.

About Autonomous Music

Autonomous Music is an agency, management firm, label, and collective dedicated to using music in an effort to instigate progressive, positive, and radical social change. They are very proud to offer an album featuring tracks from Autonomous artists as well as some of their closest friends to raise money for the Civil Liberties Defense Center.

Autonomous Music is in defense of love, freedom and justice. To support the effort, check out "In Defense: Vol. 1" at
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