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Tom Morello releases protest song for charity

Rocker Tom Morello has released a track to support the protesters in Missouri seeking justice for the the killing of unarmed teenager Michael Brown.

In August (14), race riots between locals and law enforcement officials in Ferguson erupted after Brown, an 18-year-old African-American, was shot and killed by a white police officer investigating a robbery.


While a grand jury is still meeting to decide whether the cop who killed Brown will be charged, thousands of citizens gathered in Ferguson on Friday (10Oct14) for "Ferguson October", a planned weekend of four-day protests.


The Rage Against the Machine star and outspoken activist is doing his part to support the protesters by releasing a track called Marching on Ferguson, which was inspired by the events surrounding Brown's death and its impact on the community.


While the song is available to download for free on the Ferguson October website, fans are urged to donate to the cause in order to help the protesters' legal battles.


Morello tells Rolling Stone that while he was inspired by the citizens of Ferguson to write the song, he hopes the track will in turn inspire them to continue their fight for justice.


He says, "100 per cent of the profits from Marching On Ferguson will support defending the protesters in the Ferguson area who have faced attacks, wrongful arrest, and violence from the police.


"I've witnessed countless incidents of racially motivated police brutality in my lifetime and it's time to say 'Enough!' in the name of all those wrongfully killed and abused. For all the courageous men and women raising their voices against injustice in Ferguson, and beyond, give 'em hell. This song is for you."