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Public service announcement: Int'l Clash Day observed in Tucson

The Only Band That Matters: 'Whereas, the City of Tucson adheres to the belief in the immortal words of Joe Strummer, People can change anything they want to, and that means everything in the world'

Honoring the inspiring and inclusive spirit of the ground-breaking punk band, Mayor Jonathan Rothschild has declared Tuesday to be "International Clash Day" in Tucson.

The city joined Austin, Texas, Ithaca, N.Y., Kent, Ohio, San Francisco, Seattle, Vancouver B.C., Bridgwater (UK), Washington D.C. and the State of Washington in taking part in the fifth annual commemoration, organized by the Joe Strummer Foundation.

Community radio station KXCI (91.3 FM) will join dozens of radio stations around the country in cranking up some Clash and Joe Strummer songs.

Tucson proclamation

WHEREAS, legendary U.K. band The Clash formed in 1976, establishing their unique sound combining punk with reggae, dub, funk, ska, and socially-conscious lyrics; and

WHEREAS, the band played the Tucson Convention Center in 1983, inspiring many Tucson musicians, including a young Howe Gelb, who formed Giant Sand that same year; and

WHEREAS, throughout their career, The Clash used the power of music to share messages of peace, unity, anti-imperialism, anti-racism, poverty awareness, and freedom of expression; and

WHEREAS, the City of Tucson encourages all citizens to take inspiration from these messages as we work together to create an inclusive, welcoming city; and

WHEREAS, the City of Tucson and the Mayor’s Office affirm that this city is a Hate Free Zone, committed to values of inclusivity, tolerance, diversity and hope; and

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WHEREAS, Tucson takes great pride in its growing music community and the cultural contributions of its many musicians across a wide range of genres; and

WHEREAS, the civically-and globally-minded City of Tucson wishes to join with other like-minded cities across the globe in celebrating International Clash Day; and

WHEREAS, the City of Tucson adheres to the belief in the immortal words of Joe Strummer, “People can change anything they want to, and that means everything in the world;”

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Jonathan Rothschild, Mayor of the City of Tucson, Arizona due hereby proclaim February 7, 2017 to be

INTERNATIONAL CLASH DAY

in this community, and encourage all of our citizens to Rock the Casbah.

What's your favorite Clash song? Let us know!

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