NATIONAL RESOURCES

Organizations whose work Erin supports. Click to get involved!

Black Girls Code
i believe it is RADICAL to teach people how to build technology infrastructures themselves. these girls are incredible!

Berkman Klein Center For Internet And Society At Harvard University
i spent the 2011-12 academic year here as a fellow, focusing on the intersection of activism, policy, and music. berkman klein is an amazing community of lawyers, developers, activists, social scientists and creators organized around how the internet affects us daily. they also run a tremendous program of events and activities open to the public.

Border Angels
working primarily along the US/Mexico border near San Diego/Tijuana, Border Angels offers community support, legal advice, and life-saving water drops for migrants in the desert.

Emancipated Stories
run by my collaborator quiara, incarcerated people send a page of their own writing, which is then posted publicly for anyone to read, relate, reflect, or respond.

MADRE
working in community with women to fight gendered violence, advance climate justice, and provide legal resources to separated families.

MAESTRA
an organization for female identifying artists working in musical theater, including music directors, orchestrators, composers, and musicians. they run a wonderful directory to help connect you with new collaborators in any of these roles.

MediaJustice
i believe that how we use media and technology is key to breaking down systemic inequalities. MediaJustice has several ongoing national campaigns that directly address this, as well as providing a detailed list of local organizations you can get involved in.

Music Policy Forum
connecting musicians, policy makers, and places in order to create sustainable arts ecosystems. they also run one of my favorite conferences.

WESTERN MASSACHUSETTS RESOURCES

Berkshire Immigrant Center
assisting individuals and families in making the economic, psychological and cultural adjustment to a new land, not only by meeting basic needs, but also by helping them to become active participants in our community.

Center For New Americans
a community-based, non-profit adult education center that provides the under-served immigrant, refugee and migrant communities of Massachusetts' Pioneer Valley with education and resources to learn English, become involved community members and obtain tools necessary to maintain economic independence. and stability.

Institute For The Musical Arts
summer programs in the art of rock’n’roll in rural western massachusetts, for girls age 8-24. i have taught here for 15+ years. they also run wonderful programs for everyone throughout the year.

ACTIONS

DO IT YOURSELF: HOW TO PLAY “THE QUEER GOSPEL”

ESSAY: Why I Am Playing In North Carolina This Week

PODCAST: Conversation on Charleston, Activism, & Internal Homophobia w/ The Ally Coalition

VIDEO: Take Down Your Flag

REMIX & LYRIC VIDEO: “The Jailer: Part 2” for Immigration Reform

VIDEO: Anti-SOPA/PIPA

VIDEO: Net-Neutrality Super Tweet

VIDEO: Kristin Thomson and Erin McKeown on Making it as a Musician in an Increasingly Networked World

PODCAST: The Community Supported Musician w/ Nancy Baym, Zoe Keating, Kristin Hersh, & Erin McKeown

INTERVIEW: Why Music And Activism

OP-ED: A Perspective On The Complexities Of Copyright And Creativity From A Victim Of Infringement

OP-ED: The Sweet Music Of Broadband For All

HOW-TO: NCMR2011 The Lobby Game- Kicking Butt In The Halls Of Power