WE WILL NEVER FORGET
NO JUSTICE! NO PEACE!
Initial Release Flyer (11/9/1996)
(Saturday November 9, 1996)
In a controversial move, National Record Mart ("NRM") of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, a company who operates over twenty-five record stores within Pittsburgh metro area under the names of "NRM Music" and "Waves Music" said that they will not carry the latest offering by The Ploughman's Lunch.
The Ploughman's Lunch is a Pittsburgh based Irish/Celctic Rock band who has been electrifying the Pittsburgh music scene since 1993. Ploughman's is no stranger to politics through music. Earlier tracks include "Mandela" a tribute to South Africa's first black president and "In Ireland" which is a response to the IRA's renewed bombing campaign.
The Ploughman's latest effort "The Murder of Jonny Gammage" released on Friday November 8, 1996, is a piece revolving around the brutal beating death of motorist Jonny Gammage by police after a routine traffic stop. Proceeds of the record sales will be donated by the band to groups who have promoted activism efforts relating to the case, including the Campus Coalition for Peace and Justice.
National Record Mart has offered no explanation for it's refusal to carry the benefit album which contains no profanity or strong political overtones, but only illustrates what is alleged to have happened to Jonny Gammage as evident by clincal evidence and the fact of his death.
WE CONSIDER NRM's REFUSAL TO CARRY THE ALBUM AN ACT OF CENSORSHIP. WE CONSIDER NRM's ACTIONS TO BE CLEAR, THAT IS THEY SUPPORT BRUTALITY AND THE POWER STRUCTURE INSTITUTED IN ALLEGHENY COUNTY.
WE ENCOURAGE INDIVIDUALS TO BOYCOT NRM's STORES INCLUDING "NRM MUSIC" and "WAVES MUSIC".
WE ASK THAT THE BOYCOT CONTINUE UNTIL THE END OF THE HOLIDAY SHOPPING SEASON AND BEYOND IF NECESSARY.
WE ASK THAT PEOPLE PICKET OUTSIDE NRM's STORES AND THE MALLS WHERE MANY OF THEM ARE LOCATED.
WE ENCOURAGE PEOPLE TO NOT ATTEND EVENTS SPONSORED BY NATIONAL RECORD MART.
WE ASK THAT PEOPLE HAVING INFORMATION AS TO ANY OTHER FORMS OF CENSORSHIP CARRIED ON BY NRM or OTHER ACTS CONSIDERED ILLEGAL or CONSTITUTIONALLY QUESTIONABLE CONTACT US.
it becomes necessary for citizens to take actions in response to the actions or lack
thereof taken by corporate entities, government or fellow citizens.
Often our civilization says that boycotts, looting and other extreme actions against businesses and individuals are not proper. It is instrumental in our capitalist society that businesses function properly, especially big businesses.
Whether these entities support the drastic actions perpetrated by officials in the self defined capacities or disagree with such, without any inclination as to their position and through their silence they support the oppression and as such should labeled in opposition to the common person.
Here we will address the actions being taken as a result of the Jonny Gammage related trial.
(November 16 1996)
On page 10 of the November 14-20, 1996 edition of "In Pittsburgh" appears a piece entitled "Ploughed Under?" by Karl Mullen of the Ploughman's Lunch.
In the letter Mullen addresses the actions of National Record Mart as addressed in the left column. A representative from In Pittsburgh was told concerning NRM's failure to carry the Ploughman's track that:
Tell NRM about business decisions. Boycott them for discriminating against groups who have anything thought provoking to say. At present NRM carries over 100 CDs that are more violent, crude and offensive than the new Ploughman's track.
Demand that NRM explain their "business decision". Force NRM to explain their "business decision" to their stock holders next quarterly report.