More than six months in the making, the producers behind "Occupy This Album," an Occupy-benefit album featuring 99 songs by 99 artists, have announced the project will be released on May 15th on the upstart imprint Music For Occupy via indie label Razor & Tie. The massive tribute mixes contributions from seminal artists such as David Crosby and Graham Nash, Ani DiFranco, Jackson Browne and even Yoko Ono with discovered-in-the-park occupiers like Matt Pless, Kanaska Carter and George Martinez's Global Block Collective. According to the site, "all proceeds above board attained through the production and distribution of [the album] ... will go directly towards the needs of sustaining this growing movement." Check out two songs from the forthcoming project below: an acoustic, album-only version of Our Lady Peace's "Fight The Good Fight" and Global Block's "Occupation Freedom." Mark your calendars and clear up some hard drive space!
Fascinating, creative initiatives around the world – from co-operative finance and crowdequity schemes to alternative currencies and reclaiming the public's control over money-creation – are emerging to strengthen the commons.