I don’t know about you, but it’s only been 6 days, and I’m exhausted. Keeping up with the chilling actions of the new US administration is both tiring and frightening. Journalists in jail, finding cut for womens health, cuts to the violence against women program, contraception defunded, banning immigrants from muslim countries, scientific researches banned from publishing anything that doesn’t fit the governments agenda [read: climate change, effects of marijuhana, effects of guns on violence….], recommencing of building oil pipelines through sacred native american land, cuts to the civil rights division, and the list goes on and on……
As well as every possible civil liberty being threatened, here, one thing really struck a chord with me, and that was the complete suspension of the taking in of refugees. Those of you who’ve been following me for a while will know that when I first started singing for money in 2011, I nominated the UNHCR, United Nations Humanitarian Commission for Refugees as my official charity, and that any money I made from music, I’d give to them, as I was moved by the work that they do particularly in Rwanda, but also worldwide.
In the leadup to the US election last year, I heard a republican senator say that the USA shouldn’t take refugees from Syria because of what they ‘might be scared of’. “WHAT?????” I thought to myself. 200,000 people have died, and he said that they ‘might be scared’. This inhumanity absolutely made my blood boil. In response, I made this:
I’m sure you’re outraged by Trump, not only for being the person that he is, but also that these regressive policies are certain to harm so many people, including refugees. However, refugees aren’t fed or sheltered by outrage. Only aid can do that. And aid can only be brought to them by people who are prepared to take action. As stated in the video, the action I’m asking you to take is to buy this CD, as the proceeds will be going to help those same refugees that Trump and his cronies are abandoning. For us, it’s not a lot of money, but each CD sale can give a weeks food for one person, or vaccinate an entire class of children.
You can get yours here: www.victorsteele.com/v-factor
I don’t usually mention this charity when I talk about my music, as I don’t want to seem too coercive in trying to get people to buy it. However, I don’t think our generation has seen times like this before, and so I think it vital that I make it an issue and ask you to take some action for the benefit of those less fortunate than ourselves, while getting 6 great songs for your own enjoyment.
As a great man once said: you may choose to look the other way, but you can never again say that you didn’t know.
The link, again, is here: www.victorsteele.com/v-factor