In the band's first concert in over 11 years, in the midst of a political storm, the Los Angeles rock band appeared in the Wisconsin's Alpine Music Theater on Saturday as part of their “Public Service Announcement” tour that was originally postponed due to the COVID-19 epidemic.
Alongside the triggering images that included the sight of an El Paso police vehicle on fire, Border Police officers hunting one person, refugees on a boat being spotted by a helicopter, and also an Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officer dummy getting beaten, the group also addressed an issue with abortion after the Supreme Court decision to overturn Roe v. Wade.
In the course of performing “Freedom,” their final single from their self-titled album, the band projected an image on the screen that read:
A forced birth in a nation without universal healthcare, and in which the cost of having a baby is between $4,000 and $15,000.
This was followed with another one decrying the alleged economic difficulties faced by families in America:
Forced birth in a country that is the sole wealthy country on earth without any guarantee of paid parental leave in the country.
The caption next focused on the supposed racial consequences of restrictions on abortion:
Forced birth in a country in which Black birth-givers suffer maternal mortality that is two to three times greater than white birth-givers.
The next one mentioned the use of guns, allegedly linking the right to abortion with the risk of a child becoming a victim of violence:
A country in which gun violence has become the leading reason for death for teenagers and children.
The message that was sent to the court said “ABORT THE SUPREME COURT.”
The group declared that they were “disgusted” by Roe being annulled, and committed to donating $475,000 to organizations that advocate for abortion located in Wisconsin and Illinois.
The alternative rock group is famous for its vocalization of their political stance in its music as well as off the stage.
In 2018, RATM musician Tom Morello proposed the formation of an “Children's Liberation Army,” composed of “disgruntled vets” to take off the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency.
Before, Morello urged people to “stand up against” Donald Trump in a tweet, referring to Trump as a “frat house rapist” and war-mongering racist.
The bassist of the band, Tim Commerford, claimed anyone who has voted for the presidency of Trump is just as intolerant as the president himself.
“Anyone who supported him was racist, he's racist. If you're a racist and support a racist candidate, you've got the chance to rectify the mistake and acknowledge that you've made the wrong choice,” he said.
Commerford himself, who self-describes as a “conspiracy theorist,” had previously stated to Rolling Stone magazine he does not believe that “ISIS is real” and NASA did not ever land on the moon.