Rage Against the Machine will donate nearly half a million dollars to reproductive rights organizations in Wisconsin and Illinois, as the band announced on social media last night (June 24). “We are disgusted by the repeal of Roe V. Wade and the devastating impact it will have on tens of millions of people,” the group wrote in an Instagram post. “Over half of the country (26 states) is likely to ban or seriously restrict abortion very soon, if not immediately, which will have a disproportionate impact on poor, working class and undocumented BIPOC communities.”
Rage Against the Machine revealed that their fans have raised $475,000 from the sale of charity tickets for their upcoming reunion concerts at Alpine Valley Music Theatre in Elkhorn, Wisconsin (July 9) and United Center in Chicago, Illinois July 11 and 12). They will donate the total sum to reproductive rights organizations in those states. “Like the many women who have organized sophisticated railroads of resistance to challenge these attacks on our collective reproductive freedom, we must continue to resist,” the band added in their statement. Find that in full below.
Rage Against the Machine are among many artists who have spoken out following the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade yesterday. Billie Eilish and Phoebe Bridgers both addressed the topic during their sets at Glastonbury, while several others including Taylor Swift, Cher, and Charli XCX have addressed the subject on social media.
Last night, Lizzo pledged to donate $500,000 of proceed from her upcoming Special tour to Planned Parenthood and abortion rights organizations. Live Nation will match her donation, making the total sum $1 million.
Earlier this year, Rage Against the Machine issued a statement on social media supporting abortion rights, following a leaked draft from the Supreme Court privately voting to overturn Roe v. Wade.
Read Pitchfork’s guide “Resources to Protect Reproductive Rights After the Overturn of Roe v. Wade.”