TDC Board Member; Host, Laura Flanders Show
The Times They Ain’t a-Changing
Laura Flanders, Senior Fellow at The Democracy Collaborative, writes in CounterPunch about the tax code and impact of private copyrights when held by democratic Community Boards and organizations dedicated to re-circulating royalties into Black artists and activists. She writes, “Since 1966, the commercial rights to the song “We Shall Overcome” have been held by a fund at the Highlander movement training school in Tennessee. Highlander has played a role in every times-changing movement from Rosa Parks to Stacy Abrams.
Anyone can sing the song, but the song’s commercial use is overseen by a community board, and whatever you think about private copyrights, the royalties have funded decades of grants to Black artists/activists selected democratically.”
Marjorie Kelley, Executive Vice President and Senior Fellow of The Democracy Collaborative is quoted highlighting the impact of decisions on how wealth is distributed. “Every economy is defined by who owns and controls assets,” Marjorie says.