Arcade Fire, Mavis Staples Support American Civil Liberties Union

Arcade Fire have released the new protest song "I Give You Power" to support the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU).

The Canadian indie rock band's song prominently features gospel-soul singer and civil rights activist Mavis Staples joining the band to belt out alternating lines "I give you power/I can take it away."

That message of taking power away was a not-so-subtle jab at now-U.S. President Donald Trump. The song was very pointedly released Thursday, Jan. 19, the evening before Trump was set to assume power of the United States.

"It's never been more important that we stick together and take care of each other," said the band in a message on its social media channels, before adding "Love, Mavis Staples and Arcade Fire" and that all proceeds from the song were going towards the ACLU.

The ACLU's mission is "to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties guaranteed to every person in this country by the Constitution and laws of the United States," including First Amendment right in America like freedom of speech, association and assembly, freedom of the press, and freedom of religion.





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