With the most important election of this generation looming—and the conversation around the ethics, corruption, morality, and overt xenophobia associated with the presidential campaigns heightening daily—SPIN’s November digital cover is a package of politically minded artists speaking on the issues that matter to them. These stories will reflect on policy, language and stereotypes, and how systemic issues have affected their work or that of their peers, and will run daily through the remainder of the election. Using their own words, we hope to show how political power (or conflict) directly informs their art. Musicians will examine police violence, racial profiling and identity, immigration, the welfare system, election reform, climate change, and more, asking: What’s going on?
Artists on the Issues That Matter:
Big K.R.I.T. on Police Violence and CommunityBig K.R.I.T. on Police Violence and Community
Big K.R.I.T. on Police Violence and Community
“I don’t want to get killed. What should I do with my hands so that I don’t get killed?” Read the full story here.
Priests on Welfare ReformPriests on Welfare Reform
Priests on Welfare Reform
“How could she not be eligible, she wondered, without even one cent in cash income and a child to provide for?” Read the full op-ed here.
Downtown Boys on Immigrant RightsDowntown Boys on Immigrant Rights
Downtown Boys on Immigrant Rights
“We have to recognize that the systems of violence that are being used against undocumented people are the same systems that are being used against all marginalized people.” Read the full story.
Vijay Iyer on Musical, Ethnic IdentityVijay Iyer on Musical, Ethnic Identity
Vijay Iyer on Musical, Ethnic Identity
“Often ethnicity becomes a way to imagine and reinforce separateness.” Read the full story here.
Esperanza Spalding on Knowing Your BallotEsperanza Spalding on Knowing Your Ballot
Esperanza Spalding on Knowing Your Ballot
“Who is running for representative in your district right now?” Read the full story here.
Krist Novoselic on Election ReformKrist Novoselic on Election Reform
Krist Novoselic on Election Reform
“There are millions of Americans who have never had the chance to vote in a congressional election where their vote matters.” Read the full op-ed here.
The Invisible Empire of Alex JonesThe Invisible Empire of Alex Jones
The Invisible Empire of Alex Jones
How the Donald Trump campaign turned America’s greatest conspiracy theorist into a household name. Read the full story here.
Presidential Debates in a Post-Factual WorldPresidential Debates in a Post-Factual World
Presidential Debates in a Post-Factual World
Hillary Clinton won the presidential debates, but in a post-factual world, does it matter? Read the full story here.
Protest SurveillanceProtest Surveillance
Social media surveillance probably played a role in sparking the Freddie Gray riot. Read the full story here.