Bob Dylan, The Clash, Springsteen and loads of artists over the years have showed how music can put words and melodies to work in challenging the world around us - especially when the world around us isn't right.
Then Nelson Mandela, that great agitator, called upon artists and bands to use their platforms to fight injustice. Back then, it was to challenge apartheid in South Africa. More recently, Mandela has led the fight against the injustice of extreme poverty. And this week, as the world prays and gives thanks for him, one quote in particular stands out from 2005 ...
"Like slavery and apartheid, poverty is not natural. It is manmade and it can be overcome. Millions of people are trapped in the prison of poverty. It is time to set them free. Sometimes it falls upon a generation to be great. You can be that great generation." Nelson Mandela
The number of people living in extreme poverty has been slashed in half in the last twenty years. It can pretty much get to zero by 2030 - if the pressure is kept up for more of what works and less of what doesn't.
G8 world leaders are meeting this weekend in Northern Ireland and protest songs provide a soundtrack, that can inspire - but we need YOU to sign up please at one.org to keep that pressure building.
It's REALLY simple - click www.one.org and sign the petition to end World Poverty by 2030 - they need your name, email and post/zip code.
Paolo took part in Agit8 yesterday at The Tate Modern on the banks of the Thames in London and said afterwards "so many people here give a shit - lets hope it spreads"