|The Reggae Compassionate Act
We, the artists of the Reggae community, hereby present this letter as a symbol of our dedication to the guiding principles of Reggaes enduring foundation ONE LOVE. Throughout time, Reggae has been recognized as a healing remedy and an agent of positive social change.
We will continue this proud and righteous tradition.
Reggae Artists and their music have fought against injustices, inequalities, poverty and violence even while enduring some of those same circumstances themselves. Over the years, reggae music has become popularized and enjoyed by an unprecedented audience all over the world. Artists of the Reggae Community 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.
While we recognize that our artistic community comprises many different individuals who express themselves in different ways and hold a myriad of beliefs, we believe firmly that the way forward lies in tolerance. Everyone can keep his own conviction and we must receive respect for our freedom of speech as far as we respect the law, but it must be clear theres no space in the music community for hatred and prejudice, including no place for racism, violence, sexism or homophobia.
We do 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.
This Compassionate Act is hereby calling on a return to the following principles as the guiding vision for the future of a healthy Reggae music community:
Social and Civic Engagement
Democracy and Freedom
Peace and Non-Violence
Equal Rights and Justice
Tolerance and Understanding
We, as artists, are committed to a holistic and healthy existence in the world, and to respect to the utmost the human and natural world. We pledge that our music will continue to contribute positively to the world dialogue on peace, respect and justice for all.
To this end, we agree to not make statements or perform songs that incite hatred or violence against anyone from any community.
Signed: Beenie Man, Capleton, Sizzla & Buju Banton
(Behind the Reggae Compassionate Act) (article No.1) (article No.2)
(Beenie Man signature) (Sizzla signature) (Capleton signature) (Buju Banton signature)