David Rovics brings his songs of justice In an effort to bring light to the grim realities of American injustice, David Rovics brings his ideas of peace and a need for action to Indianapolis. His Anti-Tyranny Tonic benefit concerts will start on April 8 at the Old Centrum building on 12th Street and Central at 8 p.m., and on April 10 at DePauw University at 6 p.m. With blatantly sarcastic songs like “What Would Jesus Bomb,” David Rovics “Globalization Is Good For You” and “After We Torture Our Prisoners,” Rovics sparks both energy and interest in his audience, no matter what the point of view. The issues Rovics brings on stage aren’t so much a whirlwind of criticism about government as they are stepping stones for change.
Throughout the ’90s, Rovics spent most of his time touring the country and listening to what other activists had to say before he became one himself. Fueled by personal loss and the desire to inspire difference, Rovics tours the country in hopes that his words will bring to light real awareness.
Both concerts are accepting contributions for their causes; DePauw University benefits the Ecuador Peace Brigade, which is trying to prevent ongoing violence between mining corporations and communities, while the Old Centrum concert is an effort to support the Justice for Janitors campaign here in Indianapolis. Justice for Janitors is a division of Service Employees International Union (SEIU). The SEIU campaign is trying to bring dignity and equality to over-looked work forces like the janitorial industry and long-term care givers. Currently the average wage for the 1,300 custodial workers in Indianapolis is between $5.50 and $7 per hour. Most custodians have to work two or three jobs to make ends meet, and most of them receive no health benefits. Their job is critical to the appearance and sanitation of downtown Indianapolis, yet these workers walk past businessmen and -women around the Circle Monument every day and go unnoticed.
Rovics chooses to come in and inform the rest of the community to wake up and smell the window cleaner. The Anti-Tyranny Tonic benefit concerts will be a burst of fresh air to those holding their breath for more liberated opinion. For information on the Old Centrum concert, e-mail email@example.com; for information on the DePauw University concert, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.