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Michael Franti & Spearhead appeared at the “End Gun Violence Together Rally” at TOMS shoes HQ in Los Angeles on January 16, 2019 and played a new song they had written about gun violence, titled “Flower.” The song features Victoria Canal on vocals and is dedicated to victims and survivors of gun violence across the country who have channeled their grief into a positive force for change.
“We can be the healing, we can be the flower of the gun,” Franti sings with Canal. The video for the song features victims and survivors of several mass shootings, including from mass shootings including Marjory Stoneman Douglas H.S. in Parkland, Pulse Nightclub in Orlando, and the Route 91 Harvest Festival in Las Vegas. “Flower” will appear on the upcoming Michael Franti & Spearhead album Stay Human Vol. II, which will be released on January 25.
Franti appeared on “Morning Joe” on MSNBC to talk about the song and the intent behind it. Franti recalled when a stray bullet went through multiple walls in his home, including his son’s bedroom. Miraculously, it harmed no one. “I believe that every single American has a role to play in the healing that is necessary to end gun violence,” he told hosts Joe Scarborough & Mika Brzezinski. “Get into your schools, get into your families, and start to have a conversation about [gun violence and how to prevent it].”
Please contact Michael Franti through one of the channels below and give him the following message, personalized to your liking:
Michael, thank you so much for your moving new song for gun violence prevention, “Flower.” I am so happy you undertook this project with your band and Victoria Canal, and appreciative that you included so many actual victims and survivors of gun violence in the video for “Flower.” I salute you for challenging every American to play a role in ending our epidemic of gun violence by starting tough conversations insides schools, families. Please keep speaking out on this issue and honoring people who have lost so much. You have won a fan for life in me. Gun violence is indeed the true crisis facing our country and I will keep working tirelessly with you and others to save lives.
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