Music collective Hurray for the Riff Raff have started a fundraising campaign via Indiegogo to help create a video for their ballad “The Body Electric.” The band performed the song on Late Night with David Letterman earlier this summer and they want to use its message to spread awareness of violence towards women, minorities and the LGBT community.
On the fundraising page the band explains how they plan to utilize the funds:
We hope to raise $20,000 to fund the creation of “The Body Electric” video and The Body Electric Fund. $10,000 will go toward the making of the video which we will shoot this fall in New Orleans. It will shed light on violence among not only women but also minorities and the LGBT community. After this campaign, the video will be used as a vehicle to raise even more funds for The Body Electric Fund through education and awareness. After the video expenses have been met, the rest of the money raised will go to The Body Electric Fund which supports organizations working to promote peace in our communities including Third Wave and The Trayvon Martin Foundation. The Body Electric Fund is powered by RPM, a nonprofit agency that provides artists with strategy and support for their activism and philanthropy. We hope through our fundraising to support organizations that nourish the minds and cherish the futures of our youth: to give them hope and to help them prosper in a time of great uncertainty.
Third Wave Fund is a feminist, queer youth group that “supports and strengthens youth-led gender justice activism— focusing on efforts that advance the political power, well-being, and self determination of communities of color and low-income communities in the U.S.”
The Trayvon Martin Foundation is a not-for-profit that works to “create awareness of how violent crime impacts the families of the victims,” in light of the 17-year-old’s death in 2012.
Last year, the band’s front woman Alynda Lee Segarra wrote a song titled “Everyone Knows” and dedicated the track to Trayvon Martin.
To learn more about about Hurray for the Riff Raff and their history of activism, check out our past feature on the New Orleans-based group, and watch Segarra explain the Body Electric Anti-Violence Fund below: