6 Songs Offering Hope & Perspective During Immigration Ban

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Protesters hold banners during a demonstration against President Trump's immigration ban at Portland International Airport on Jan. 29, 2017.

This weekend saw a mass of musicians speaking out against President Donald Trump’s immigration ban on citizens from seven Muslim-majority countries.

Amidst the unrest, the overall theme of dissent for Trump’s ban and simultaneous support for immigrants and refugees has brought some of these artists’ previously released songs back into the spotlight. Fans have found solace for the current, trying times within this music, while some artists have even recently dedicated performances of these songs to those affected by and protesting the ban.

Here are six songs offering hope and perspective in response to the divisive executive order.

Common, Gregory Porter, and Keyon Harrold -- “Running (Refugee Song)”
The trio created this song last June for World Refugee Day, donating the song’s proceeds to charities supporting refugees.

Bruce Springsteen -- “American Land”
During an Australian tour stop earlier today (Jan. 30) Springsteen dedicated this song to immigrants and those protesting the ban, stating to the crowd, "America is a nation of immigrants, and we find this anti-democratic and fundamentally un-American.”

Chance the Rapper and the Social Experiment -- “Wonderful Everyday”
Chance retweeted Thinko partner Pasquale D’Silva -- a successful software designer and immigrant himself -- yesterday (Jan. 29), who wrote the rapper’s collaboration based off the Arthur TV theme “is perfect today.”

Moxie Raia and Wyclef Jean -- “Follow Me”
Raia and Jean teamed up with Global Citizen for World Refugee Day 2016 with a performance of “Follow Me” as video and interviews with refugees played on the wall behind them.

Ryan Adams -- “Karma Police (Cover)”
Adam’s recently covered this Radiohead track on BBC Radio 2 stating the reasoning behind his song choice. "I don’t know if I’ve learned it in a great new and interesting way, but I also thought it’s fitting, because there’s a pretty awful person who just got elected in the United States.”

Alicia Keys -- “Blended Family”
The iconic singer shared a tweet Jan. 28 referencing her song with a photo depicting its lyrics and a caption saying, “Now, more than ever. Who’s with me? Share this with someone who’s loved you no matter what.”

 

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