Tru Ruts artists featured on ‘Papers’ documentary compilation

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Tru Ruts artists e.g. bailey, Sha Cage, Guante, Quilombolas and See More Perspective are featured on the My America music compilation created to benefit the making and distribution of Papers, a full-length film documentary by and about undocumented youth.

The compilation, produced by Wyoming-based arts collective, CHiTT Productions, is an independent music compilation which features the work of emcees, spoken word artists, DJs and musicians from communities across the U.S., including the Bay Area, Denver, Albuquerque, Minneapolis and Harlem. The diverse collection of poetry and music addresses race, gender and social class issues, challenging dominant notions of immigration, democracy and citizenship. All proceeds from the compilation will go to support the Papers documentary, which will begin screening in U.S. cities in September 2009.

Papers is a story about undocumented youth and the challenges they face as they turn 18 without legal status. Currently, there are about two million undocumented children who were born outside the U.S. but raised in this country. For more information about Papers, visit

Graham Street Productions is producing the film in partnership with Film Action Oregon. They are working in collaboration with youth who want to tell their stories and community organizations around the country who are working to change immigration policy on behalf of these young people. Youth are actively involved in all aspects of the production.

Supporters can purchase the CD and make tax deductible donations on the website.  All money collected from mail orders and donations from the free download (via papers website, which allows people to contribute more than $15 if they choose) goes directly to Graham Street Productions, to support the production of the documentary. Individuals, schools, and organizations interested in co-hosting a screening of the film can also contact Graham Street Productions via the website.

Support the DREAM Act. The DREAM Act, which was reintroduced this Spring and provides an opportunity for undocumented youth to earn a path to citizenship, will likely be included in a comprehensive immigration reform bill. Click here for more on the DREAM Act.

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Midwest Broadcast Presents Flyover Land Vol. 1 (Mixtape)

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Midwest hip-hop blog Midwest Broadcast has released a compilation mixtape, Flyover Land, Vol.1, featuring exclusive and unreleased tracks from some of the most talented emcees and producers in the Midwest. It’s named Flyover Land in reference to the common notion that the Midwest is a region not known for producing proficient hip-hop artists, and can thus be overlooked. This couldn’t be further from the truth, and the mixtape seeks to put rest to that opinion. Some of the gifted artists whose tracks are featuring on Flyover Land, Vol. 1 are Heiruspecs, Muja Messiah, M.anifest, Add-2, D/Will, Big Quarters, Guante + Big Cats! and more. The mixtape features sixteen consecutive tracks of uninterrupted, high-quality hip-hop, and is sure to be an enjoyable listen to everyone who gives it a chance. The purpose of Flyover Land, Vol. 1 is to help promote the considerable pool of talented artists we have in the Midwest, but who do not always get the publicity or attention that their skills merit.

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