Dropkick Murphys have released an advance stream of their new song “Take ‘Em Down” in support of the thousands of Wisconsin union workers who are protesting the governor’s budget plan. The song is available here: http://www.dropkickmurphys.com/2011/02/22/take-em-down-the-dropkick-murphys-stand-with-wisconsin/ and http://www.seiu.org/2011/02/the-dropkick-murphys.php.
In addition, as part of their way of showing solidarity with this movement, Dropkick Murphys are working with the AFL-CIO, SEIU (Service Employees International Union) and AFSCME (American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees) and have made the song available to be played at solidarity rallies across the country.
The band has also created a limited edition “Take ‘Em Down” t-shirt which will be available for sale at www.dropkickmurphys.com/merch/#takeemdown. Proceeds from the “Take ‘Em Down” t-shirt sales will benefit Workers’ Rights Emergency Response Fund (https://afl.salsalabs.com/o/4002/wi-response). Messages of support can also be sent to those fighting for their rights in Wisconsin via this link: http://action.seiu.org/page/s/wisconsin?via=ta-home.
The band, which has a long history of supporting workers rights and union causes, has released the following statement: “Dropkick Murphys would like to take a moment to acknowledge the struggles of the working people of Wisconsin and to pledge our support and solidarity by releasing the song ‘Take Em Down’ from our upcoming album. We think it’s appropriate at the moment and hope you like it…We’ll see you in Wisconsin in a few days! The Dropkick Murphys Stand With Wisconsin!!!!!”
Dropkick Murphys will release their new CD Going Out In Style–which includes “Take ‘Em Down”–March 1 on their own Born & Bred Records (ILG).