Matre – Listen (w/ Embassy Live)
Los Angeles rapper, Matre, is happy to present his latest music video entitled “Listen” today.
“Listen” was written by Matre as a response to news that L.A. Unified School District police received military weapons from the Department of Defense, via the 1033 program. Together with the Embassy Live collective and in solidarity with local youth and organizers, the song is a demand to listen to youth, rather than police them.
Momentum from the song and message inspired a group of filmmakers, artists and activists to join forces and make this video. Funded by the support of more then two hundred Kickstarter backers, the video’s shoot brought together a number of LA’s leading social justice & youth justice organizations, and community members from around the city, gathering together to help send this message.
In collaboration with the #StudentsNotSuspects campaign & the ACLU of Southern California, the video is being released as a tool to call attention to rampant profiling of youth in communities of color, and as a call to action, demanding that we listen to young people, honor both their gifts and wounds, and make a cultural shift towards restorative and transformative justice, and away from profiling and criminalization.
Direct actions and continuous programming around these issues are being organized by a number of organizations and will be posted on the website https://www.studentsnotsuspects.org/