Print Edition: February 26, 2014
CIVL Station Manager Aaron Levy will spend Wednesday, February 26 between 6:30 and 7 p.m. (podcasted in perpetuity at civl.ca) speaking with pastor Ward Draper about issues affecting the homeless in Abbotsford on the 12th annual NCRA Homelessness Marathon, broadcast live on CIVL 101.7 FM and on 35 other campus and community radio stations across the country.
Band Aid — “Do They Know It’s Christmas?”
A song that had everybody coming together to bring awareness to hunger and the struggle of disenfranchised populations across the world. Did it work? I’m not sure. I’ve never met a native from the third world telling me “that promotional song” helped them eat meals growing up — but who knows.
Neil Young — “Rockin’ in the Free World”
It’s predominantly an international political commentary, but this song has a harrowing image of “A woman in the night, with a baby in her hand.” Some libertarians support efforts so no more kids will “never go to school, never get to fall in love, never get to be cool”.
Dead Prez — “Hell Yeah (Pimp the System)”
Dead Prez – Hell Yeah Uncensored by PeteRock
Dead Prez give a 10 Crack Commandments-style lesson on getting ahead when the world doesn’t want you to for young black men struggling with the disadvantages inherent to White Amerikkka. “I know a way we could get paid, you could get down but you can’t be afraid.”
Queens of the Stone Age — “I Was a Teenage Hand Model”
From the final verse of their debut album’s pretty, poignant closer: “These cities are sprouting like a spit in the eye. This world isn’t waiting. It’s just passing me by. I look in the window, peak inside. The butcher’s got a fork in your face, and I’m standing in line.”
City High — “What Would You Do?”
People don’t like to acknowledge that sometimes you get into situations necessitating ways of life you never expected. How many people wanted to be authors and settled for factory work? Is it so different from aspiring actors ending up as sex workers? Yes? Lives are more fragile than you think.