On July 9th, Rage Against the Machine performed together again for the first time in 11 years at a show in East Troy, Wisconsin, and they used the opportunity to show their support for the abortion rights movement through various means.
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Rage Against the Machine, in their first concert in 11 years, took a stand against the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade.
The band’s anti-establishment stance and politically charged music have been hallmarks since its formation in early 1990s Los Angeles. Starting at Alpine Valley Music Theatre in Wisconsin on July 9, Rage Against the Machine began their reunion tour. RATM used a massive screen to display a montage of political messages behind them as they performed.
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reporter Piet Levy caught lead singer Zach de la Rocha yelling “Freedom” several times while the video screen flashed messages about abortion rights, Black maternal mortality, and gun violence.
A statistic from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is displayed on the screen at one point: “Forced birth in a country where Black birth-givers experience maternal mortality two to three times that of white birth-givers.” Forced birth in a country where gun violence is the leading cause of death for children and teenagers appears on the screen a few seconds later.
Applause erupted from the crowd as the final words, “ABORT THE SUPREME COURT,” were spoken.
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