Media outlets may have lost interest in the London Occupy protest, but its determined activists have come up with a clever way to help fund the movement. Occupation Records launched on Tuesday, and has announced its first release, a collaborative collection of folk protest numbers called Folk The Banks.
Artists on the record, which will be distributed digitally at a choose-your-own price (with hopes for a future vinyl run), include veteran activist Ani DiFranco and her former Righteous Babe signing Anaïs Mitchell (who is releasing her next album, Young Man In America, on her own label next month). T-shirts, trousers and badges will also be available, and the label’s organisers have said that the profits raised will be “funneled back into Occupy London (25%) and Occupy UK and Ireland (25%), with the remainder creating a global fund for specific projects that activists can apply for”.
Earlier this month, Ani paid a visit to Occupy LSX outside St. Paul’s Cathedral to talk to Occupy activists and perform a few songs. Photos and a video clip below.