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Black Lives Matter Toronto has released a mixtape for all your listening pleasure and it includes a great track about the closure of the Palisades Media Arts Academy called “Bring PMAA Back”. The song chronicles the unionization struggle of workers at the San Romanoway Revitalization Association. The effort included a lengthy litigation at the Ontario Labour Relations Board which is referenced in the song. You can read about it in the Toronto Star article as well as the Ontario Labour Relations Board’s scathing decision below.

A music video for Bring PMAA Back is in the works, so stay tuned.

Music: Bring PMAA Back by The Real Sun, Malik Al Nisar , Beny Esguerra , Lightnin’ Rod

Listen to BLMTO’s mix here (with background): Toronto Black City Mixtape

Story: Jane-Finch Palisades music program closes amid union battle

OLRB Decision: Canadian Union of Public Employees v. San Romanoway Revitalization Association

In the music scene south of the border, there is an interesting read on the intersection of Hip Hop and the Black Lives Matter movement Alexander Billet wrote for In these Times. And, Bernie Sanders got to introduce Run the Jewels at Coachella. Sanders owed Killer Mike the favour because Killer Mike has been introducing Sanders by giving rousing speeches all through his campaign.

Article: The New Anthems of Resistance: Hip-Hop and Black Lives Matter

Article: Coachella 2016: Run the Jewels Introduced By Bernie Sanders, Bring Out Nas and Gary Clark Jr., Perform New Song

Video: Killer Mike Introduces Bernie Sanders in Atlanta