Written by Phil Cook and Justin Vernon, and featuring contributions from Phil Cook, Jenny Lewis, Jenn Wasner, and more, the new song is accompanied by a video created by frequent collaborators Aaron Anderson and Eric Timothy Carlson, and filmed in New York, with dance and movement from Randall Riley.
Alongside the song, Bon Iver have detailed a number of organisations and initiatives to encourage fans to take action. Read the full statement below:
Each and every person on earth deserves to live fully with dignity, equity, justice, and joy. Instead, our capitalistic societies have created a world that is most supportive of the wealthy and the elite, and the predatory corporations and policies that drive their disproportionate success.
The average person is cast aside and unheard; marginalised communities are further oppressed due to race, economic status, gender, sexual orientation, creed, criminal record, housing stability, education, ability, documentation status, and more. The pandemic further magnifies these grave inequities and this unchecked greed.
We must continue the fight to topple capitalism as we know it, and recognise our collective participation in its dominant institutions. Bon Iver acknowledges our own position within and use of capitalistic practices. It is with recognition of our privilege that we are fully committed to using our unique platform to challenge and change capitalism within our industry, and far beyond.
We must empower and embrace our vulnerable neighbours. We must fight racism and sexism and classism to build a stronger foundation for the home we all deserve. We must support the leaders and organisations working to change our world for the better. From providing safe and stable housing, to empowering women, to liberating incarcerated people, to celebrating art and music, to fighting climate change, these organisations work tirelessly to foster a world that celebrates our humanity on a local, national, and global level. Please explore, support, and take action:
GLOBAL 350.org (join movement; participate in “Raise Your Voice for a #JustRecovery” campaign)
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