Watch Patti Smith, Michael Stipe, Joan Baez, & More Perform “People Have The Power”

Patti Smith, Michael Stipe, Joan Baez, and many more have come together to perform Smith’s “People Have The Power” for a new video in support of Pathway To Paris, the climate change organization co-founded by Smith’s daughter. The video doubles as an encouragement to get out and vote.

“This is the simple notion of the video: ‘VOTE.’ A call for Americans to vote in November, and for everyone in the world to vote in their own local elections, whenever they may be,” the organization wrote in an Instagram post. “Vote often and everywhere; in your country, in your state, in your city, in your neighborhood, in your school. Vote to choose something, vote to reject something. The notion to ‘vote’ is the plea to exercise your right to ‘use your voice.'”

In addition to Smith, Stipe, and Baez, the video features contributions from Cyndi Lauper, Angélique Kidjo, Nick Zinner, Nikolai Fraiture, Ben Harper, Tony Hawk, Stella McCartney, Rain Phoenix, and many more. Check it out below.

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On their 6 year anniversary, during Climate Week NYC, Pathway to Paris has released a new video featuring individuals from around the world singing the song ‘People Have the Power,’ written by Patti Smith and the late Fred Sonic Smith. Along with Patti Smith and Founders of PTP, Jesse Paris Smith and Rebecca Foon, the video includes participants from 24 countries, 38 cities, and 6 continents. Fred Sonic Smith envisioned this song to be an anthem for the world, to serve as a unifying aid and amplifier for protest movements, political campaigns, and more. It has been claimed globally by individuals and groups, sung by choirs, children, chanted during marches and protests, its lyrics adorning handmade signs, sung during political campaigns, gatherings for environmental and humanitarian causes, and often serving as a finale song for fundraisers and concerts, as it has for all PTP events since 2014. This is the simple notion of the video: ‘VOTE.’ A call for Americans to vote in November, and for everyone in the world to vote in their own local elections, whenever they may be. Vote often and everywhere; in your country, in your state, in your city, in your neighborhood, in your school. Vote to choose something, vote to reject something. The notion to 'vote' is the plea to exercise your right to ‘use your voice’. Identifying your own platforms, abilities, and resources, and using them to your advantage – in the voting polls, writing letters, signing petitions, calling local government officials, organizing concerts, speaking to your family, friends, and neighbors. Have the difficult discussions, have the hopeful discussions, and ‘vote like your life depends on it, because it does.’ This coming election serves as an enormous opportunity to help move the Paris Agreement into action. Pathway to Paris brings together what seems to be both our finale song for the current era, and an opening song for the next. Let’s not allow 2020 to be the finale for the end of the world, but a transition into something new, as we join together like never before in human history, to start a new chapter of true unity – a new era for each other, for our children, and future generations.

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