hiphop and the policy department

I've come across several inspiring hiphop links recently, especially through Ethan Zuckerman's blog where he features the street kids from Recife and their downloadable Ciudad de Rima” (City of Rhyme) CD, and the Palestine Lyrical Front who are featured in the Slingshot documentary (see also this online playlist ). slingshot-rappersslingshot-rappers I've had a listen to both and I recommend them.
There's also the UK-based Life MC who's tracks you can listen to on Zebra Traffic's audio page . Life MC works with Sabatikal who are trying to take the human rights message to the youth via music, graphics and gaming. And some MC's are prepared to back their lyrics with action, such as the Finnish anarchist MC Henrik "Iso H" Rosenberg who was jailed in March for refusing military service.
I'd really like to see a human rights organisation expand in to hiphop, especially as it's music that's thriving in parts of the world where human rights work is really urgent. Of course, as David from Sabatikal says, established organisations would needs to find a way to deal with the rawness of hiphop lyrics, which certainly wouldn't pass the filter of the policy department. But isn't that the point? They're expressing the gut feelings that brought us all to human rights work, as well as the consciousness of a situation that needs changing. The impact of human rights work is much cultural as it is legal, so there's a danger in focussing too much on UN lobbying and neglecting the cultural level.