Among the numerous important organizations put in danger by the current administration and Congress, Planned Parenthood stands as one that the far right has taken particular aim at; demonizing and defunding relentlessly, with no regard for the consequences. As the debate continues to rage on, and PP continues to lose battles with right-wing lawmakers, it’s becoming more and more important for ordinary people to play a part in keeping the nonprofit alive.
With that in mind, a group of artists dubbing themselves “The 7-inches Collective” have announced the winkingly titled 7-inches for Planned Parenthood box set. It features a collection of exclusive music, comedy and spoken word from an impressive list of contributors, including Foo Fighters, Margaret Atwood, Björk, Sarah Silverman, Bon Iver, Margaret Cho and Mary J. Blige. The singles will be released digitally in multiple batches, while info on pre-sale for the full vinyl box set will be available soon. All proceeds from the collection will go to Planned Parenthood, obviously.
Below you can watch a video for the project in which Galifianakis helps John Legend and St. Vincent perfect their cover of Minnie Riperton’s “Lovin’ You” with some helpful tips. You can also find more info on the collection, including a full list of artistic contributors and notes from The 7-inches Collective and Planned Parenthood president Cecile Richards, plus Paste Cloud audio from a 1995 Foo Fighters show. If you want to get more involved and are interested in other ways to help out Planned Parenthood, head to IStandWithPP.org.
7-inches for Planned Parenthood Contributors:
CHVRCHES (with film clip directed by Kristen Stewart)
Dr. Willie Parker
Mary J Blige
Sharon Van Etten
Hisham Akira Bharoocha
Note From The 7-Inch Collective:
Lawmakers with extreme views are working hard to shut down Planned Parenthood. If they succeed, millions of Americans will lose access to basic health services, including STD testing and treatment, birth control, and life-saving cancer screenings.
7-inches for Planned Parenthood is a response to this threat. This curated series of 7-inch vinyl records is being made by a group of people who believe that access to health care is a public good that should be fiercely protected. Do we know there’s a joke in the name? We do. We hope the title evokes the rich history of 7-inch vinyl records as a medium for protest music and resistance.
Planned Parenthood will receive 100% of the proceeds from the sale of this 7-inch box set and streaming listens. We see this initiative as the start of something bigger, and hope it will inspire both contributors and listeners to continue to seek out ways to stand with Planned Parenthood and other institutions that are so vital to us all.
Note From Cecile Richards:
We’re incredibly grateful to have the support of so many artists and entertainers, many of them who have themselves relied on us for health care. Planned Parenthood has been around for 100 years, and one in five women in America have turned to us for care. Planned Parenthood has stood defiantly in the face of opposition for a century, and we’re not backing down now.