Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Airborne Toxic Event releases 'Neda'

I am Neda

From their Website: It is with full hearts that we write to you this morning to announce the release of our first song in almost two years. 'Neda' -- a song about Neda Agha-Soltan, whose brutal murder at the hands of the Iranian regime during the protests in Tehran last year made her a symbol of human rights the world over -- is now available on iTunes. All proceeds from the sale of the song will benefit Amnesty International. To purchase the song, click here.

In addition, we have made a web-only video for the song. The video is a retelling of the historic events surrounding Neda's death: the disputed Iranian presidential election, the brutality of the regime in cracking down on dissent, the desecration of Neda's grave, the massive movement towards freedom and peace in Iran... You can watch the video here or on YouTube.

There are a few things you can do to help:

1. Go to nedaspeaks.org (the website we built to help the cause) and slick the 'ACT' button. The link will take you to the specific political action Amnesty International has crafted to urge the release of political prisoners in Iran.

2. Go to nedaspeaks.org and click the 'DONATE' button and give money to Amnesty International. Not your whole paycheck. Just what you can afford. It is appreciated. It is necessary. It is good.

3. Blast out the link to the video on your Twitter and Facebook, Imeem, Myspace, email. We are asking you to help us tell this story, to allow it in some small way to enter the public consciousness, to change the subject on Iran from the horrific little man who has hijacked the country to Neda, a warm and independent, educated and loving soul who is a more fitting symbol of one of the world's great cultures.

4. Go to nedaspeaks.org and upload a picture of yourself holding a sign saying 'I am Neda.' This is a simple act. A show of force. A personal sign that your support the cause of freedom. Make it your profile picture on Facebook.

There are a lot of us. We need each other, and we need your help.

On the day of her death, the last phone call Neda made before she was shot was to her mother. Her mother begged her to come home since everyone knew there were people being killed in the streets. Neda said, 'If I don't go, who will?'

This is the question we pose. If we don't raise our voices, who will?
Join us.

With all our love --
Mikel, Anna, Steven, Daren, Noah

Go here to watch Neda, the HBO documentary film.