WATCH & LISTEN: Debut of New Song on Julian Assange, Chelsea Manning & Aaron Swartz

The song and video is a tribute to the imprisoned WikiLeaks publisher, the WikiLeaks source who spent 7 years in prison, and the activist who was hounded by the law and committed suicide at the age of 26.

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Julian Assange, WikiLeaks publisher, has been imprisoned in Belmarsh Prison in London for 33 months awaiting a decision on his extradition to the United States where he is wanted for publishing evidence of U.S. state crimes. Chelsea Manning was a U.S. Army intelligence analyst who was courtmartialed and imprisoned for seven years for leaking evidence of U.S. war crimes to WikiLeaks. Aaron Swartz, was a child prodigy computer programmer, and the brains behind Reddit, the RSS feed and Creative Commons. When he sought to make academic papers behind a paywall free to the public he was pursued by the government, leading to his suicide in 2013.  

Music, lyrics, arrangement and performance: Cathy Vogan, executive producer of CN Live!


24 comments for “WATCH & LISTEN: Debut of New Song on Julian Assange, Chelsea Manning & Aaron Swartz

  1. January 17, 2022 at 12:21

    Thanks for your warm response.
    We lost Aaron Swartz. We almost lost Chelsea. We must save Assange.

  2. Lily
    January 17, 2022 at 03:14

    Beautiful song praising the three most importang humans of our time. Thank you. Makes me cry.

    May this song go round the world and introduce these heros to everybody!

    When i first read about Aaron Swartz and saw his foto i thought that is what Jesus might have looked like.

  3. January 16, 2022 at 19:42

    Thank you so much. god bless you all.

  4. January 15, 2022 at 20:27

    Beautiful song with so much meaning This is the first I have heard of Aaron The media kept him a secret from me and who knows how many others Time for revolution

  5. Jérémie Z.
    January 15, 2022 at 15:51

    Splendid tune. Congratulations! I wish it is gonna be used, reused, mixed, remixed in all directions! It deserves it!! <3

  6. Elyse Gilbert
    January 15, 2022 at 14:25

    Beautifully written and sung! Sharing to get one person at a time, hopefully more, to wake up and heed this call of action immediately because now is the time! thank you!

  7. Michael Lloyd
    January 15, 2022 at 12:48

    Thank you for this song. I hope that it inspires other poets and musicians to fire up their creative engines and add their voices to the growing crowd that is surging against the criminal Cabal, and their puppets. The sixties and seventies produced the best music of a generation because the artists were united in a common cause (to stop the war). We have a cause now that is even more urgent than that was, but where is the voice of the people who are trying to fight for Truth? God bless Cathy Vogan!

  8. January 15, 2022 at 11:05

    Thanks to Consortiumnews for sharing this.
    The video is re-posted to my Public Facebook page and to the January 13 article in my personal Blog.

  9. Jim Thomas
    January 15, 2022 at 07:32

    Thank you for this beautifully delivered tribute and message.

  10. Aaron
    January 15, 2022 at 07:00

    Beautiful song, well done!

  11. Rex Williams
    January 15, 2022 at 01:05

    Nice melody, Cathy, excellent harmony. But…….

    I love your optimism, that it is TIME. Right now the ones who can change things, could make a difference, don’t really give a damn, protected as they are in Washington, so far from the likely battlegrounds of Europe and the Pacific.
    Remember, the PNAC neocons didn’t die off. They are older but still alive and planning yet another war in the halls of power.
    Remember also when war got a lot closer to mainland USA…the 1962 Cuban Missile crisis? Yes, it was a long time ago. If you are 80 years old though, you don’t forget.
    But decisions were made promptly in those days because that was real and Cuba was very close to the USA. Just across the water from Florida.
    Not today though. The American people are safe from actions against the USA. They are not surrounded by US and NATO bases like they are in Russia.
    I’m sorry!
    I completely forgot nuclear powered (and armed) submarines and all the other sophisticated weapons in 2022. Think on that one, Biden and Blinken and while you are at it, please don’t ignore ‘mad dog’ Israel, bristling with hundreds of nuclear warheads and targets all around the globe such as Iran, Syria, Saudi, Lebanon, Egypt and on…..and on.

    Please don’t lose heart. We will still look forward to the next melody, Cathy. But……please,…..make it soon.

  12. Sky Torigoe
    January 14, 2022 at 21:42

    I’m sharing! Too moving to sit on. Thanks CN and Cathy

    • January 15, 2022 at 10:46

      thank yiu, Cathy! very, very touching. now we must somehow make sure this gets out everywhere around the world and let the world know that we arent being represented!

  13. Lori
    January 14, 2022 at 21:02

    wonderful and powerfull!

  14. forceOfHabit
    January 14, 2022 at 19:54

    Awesome! Can I buy it somewhere?

  15. scanalyse
    January 14, 2022 at 18:49

    “This live event is no longer available.”
    If only Lady Justice could move so fast…

      January 15, 2022 at 20:04

      Inexplicably, only some viewers got that messages and others after your comment were able to access the video. In any case, a new link was created and it works for all now.

      • scanalyse
        January 15, 2022 at 21:35

        It works now.
        Excellent performance Cathy and all.
        BTW, situation room photo montage is hilarious.

  16. Carol
    January 14, 2022 at 18:08

    Remarkable words, Beautiful music–THANK YOU!

  17. Lorain McElligott
    January 14, 2022 at 17:40

    Beautiful!!! thank you!

  18. val
    January 14, 2022 at 17:16

    really cool, tks

  19. January 14, 2022 at 15:58

    LOVE IT!

  20. Bob Martin
    January 14, 2022 at 15:53


  21. Patricia Hick
    January 14, 2022 at 15:29

    Fantastic – brought tears to my eyes!

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