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BRIEF HISTORIC
The Stop Murder Music campaign was launched in July 2004 by OutRage. In the year that followed, over a hundred dancehall concerts were cancelled in Europe and North America. In February 2005, a deal was reach with the three main dancehall record labels: they would no longer promote music that call for the killing of gays and lesbians. Two years later, a contract named the 'Reggae Compassionate Act' was made available so dancehall artists that wanted to move on with their homophobic past could be able to perform in Europe and North America without any cancellations. In the spring of 2007, Beenie Man, Sizzla, Capleton and Buju Banton agreed to sign the Reggae Compassionate Act.

MESSAGE TO THE DJs
If you are a DJ spinning Reggae or Dancehall music on the radio/internet or if you are deejaying in a club be aware of the social impact you can have on your listeners. You don't have to accept homosexuality to sign this petition, but you must be against the hatered and violence incited in the anti-gay songs available in the retail market. Sometimes written in Jamaican patoi, the lyrics may not always be easy to understand, but you are willing to make a consious effort to withdraw songs that call for hatered and violence. If you agree with the values express in the Reggae Compassionate Act, please sign the following petition:
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As a DJ promoting Reggae and Dancehall on the radio, on the internet or in clubs, OR as a club owner having a Reggae or Dancehall evening, OR as a concert promoter OR as a manager, I have read and I agree with the Reggae Compassionate Act (text available HERE). As express in the Reggae Compassionate Act, I respect and uphold the rights of all individuals to live without fear of hatred and violence due to their religion, sexual orientation, race, ethnicity or gender. With the music I will be playing/promoting to my audience, I will not encourage nor minister to HATE but rather uphold a philosophy of LOVE, RESPECT and UNDERSTANDING towards all human beings as the cornerstone of reggae music.

Fill the form bellow and forward it to me by email (
irieites72 (at) yahoo (dot) ca) and I will post the signatures on this page. I will enventually try to bring an electronic petition that can be sent trought emails.
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NAME:
PROFESSION IN THE
REGGAE/DANCEHALL BUSINESS:
CITY:
RADIO SHOW or INTERNET SHOW or CLUB:
URL (when available):
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This petition was launched on August 30th, 2007. Send this link to your friends and ask them to make it circulate.

http://www.soulrebels.org/dancehall/r_manifesto.htm
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Signatory 1

Name of the evening: Dubcafe
City: Hamburg, Germany
Club: Rote Flora
Description: Profession in the Reggae/Dancehall Business: once a week (Tuesday 19:00 - 23:00) we make a nice, little reggae cafe with music from the turntables and often many singjays and not to forget, there are a lot of partys that we organize in the "Rote Flora" and other locations.
Link: Dubcafe
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Who will be the next to sign the petition?
Don't be shy to codemn violence and to make a stand!

If I had more free time, I would definitively promote this petition
and I'm positive I would get a lot of signatories
Signatory 2

Name of the radio program: Justice, or Just Us?
DJ Host: Jarret Lovell
City: Irvine, California (USA)
Radio Station: KUCI 88.9FM
Description: "Justice, or Just Us?" is a weekly radio program featuring interviews with academics, activist and artists who promote peace and social justice.Broadcasting from Irvine, California.
Link: KUCI 88.9FM
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