Black James Franco Takes a Stand Against ICE…You Can Too
On April 20th, 2020 Black James Franco released their first EP in four years. They announced on instagram their alliance with Never Again Action, a Jewish organization seeking the shut down of all concentration camps. They made their EP available for purchase on bandcamp in an effort to raise money and awareness. In two months, the band raised $300, and donated all of the proceeds to Never Again Action. They did a great job, but not nearly enough. What more can we, as citizens, do to help?
WHO IS BLACK JAMES FRANCO, AND WHY IS THIS EP IMPORTANT?
According to their bandcamp, Black James Franco is a “soul” and “experimental” math rock group. In an interview with blueharvestbeat they listed some of their influences “Frank Zappa, King Crimson, and the Mars Volta.” The band is part of Heavy Baby Records and includes Elliot Edmonds on bass, Julio Sanchez on guitar, and Edwin “Eddie” Terrell as lead singer and drummer. They were extremely popular in Denton, TX between 2014 and 2016, and their recent comeback received hella praise from longtime followers.
In a brief conversation with lead guitar Julio Sanchez, I found out why Never Again Action was so important to the group. Sanchez says “I [think]…that they are doing great work by actively protesting ICE and…calling these immigration…laws etc for what they are.” Sanchez pitched the donation idea to the rest of BJF, and they were totally on board. Way to use your artists platform for a powerful cause, my dudes!
WHAT IS NEVER AGAIN ACTION?
So, what do they do? How are they making a real difference? Never Again Action’s most powerful weapon against ICE is organized protest. They, and their thousands of followers, protest loudly to raise awareness of the issue and insight change. What they are doing is incredible. Gathering media attention and utilizing the power of numbers is essential for change. I do, however, believe there are more relevant things they could be doing.
HOW CAN WE HELP?
Obviously, and with a heavy bias toward the band, I say you should buy BJF’s new EP and get a sweet download in the process. Seriously, listen to their stuff. It is super technical and yet deliciously accessible.
Don’t like their jams? (Well, you’re wrong, but I guess I’ll let it slide) Another way you can help is to participate with Never Again Action to raise money and awareness. According to their twitter and personal website, they often march with protests and parades. Keep an eye out for their actions on Juneteenth, as they have been active throughout BLM.
One of the most relevant things you can do right now is e-mail people in power directly.
Here’s a list of people to contact:
- James Janecka, Warden of Adelanto Ice Processing Center JJanecka@geogroup.com
- Cameron Quinn, Officer for Civil Rights & Civil Liberties Department of Homeland Security CRCLCompliance@hq.dhs.gov
- David Marin, Field Office Director, David.A.Marin@ice.ghs.gov
- Gabriel Valdez, Assistant Field Office Director, Gabriel.A.Valdez@ice.dhs.gov
- Your State’s Immigration and Customs Enforcement
Write em an e-mail, and rock on my revolutionary dudes.
Rachael Sanders is a social media personality and host to IGTV series: You Should Totally Listen to This. Sanders journalism seeks to amplify music as an experience more than an art. Her style is both objective, and unpretentious. Sanders keeps a pulse on up and coming rock and funk, and is a forever fan of emo and alt rock. Catch her drinking cheap beer at a basement show near you. Instagram @OhayRachael