Washington, DC (TFC) – Evey Hammond is the founder and director of Ninety-Nine (www.TheNinetyNine.net). It’s a website that showcases music and art by activists and conscious individuals who use their talent to raise awareness. It offers limitless genres and features activists from all over the world. Her love of the arts growing up, in particular music, would prove to be the root of her inspiration for Ninety-Nine.
Studying music diligently through out her school years she participated in all subjects and programs of the arts including music theory, instrumental music, vocal performance and theater arts. After being accepted into MENC and ACDA State and National choirs in high school, she was later awarded a scholarship to Berklee College of Music in 2001 with a major in Vocal Performance and minor in Songwriting. In years to follow she would make several demos and began assisting with vocal referencing and songwriting at Bad Boy Entertainment between 2004 and 2007.
She lived a fairly normal American life, until 2010 when she became acquainted with the Peruvian culture. The inspiration influenced her interest in other topics as well and she started to do more research in these areas, which branched out into the discovery of many different atrocities, including the vast government corruption that is ruining the country and the rest of the world.
After meeting other activists within the community that had the same concerns, she became involved in local protests, and started to attend more events, conferences and meetings. In early 2015 she began writing articles and doing video documentations, covering events and protests for alternative media outlets such as The Anti-Media, The Free Thought Project, The Fifth Column, The Conscious Resistence Network and Organics.Org.
In early October, Evey discovered a way to combine her love of the arts with activism, and began working on Ninety-Nine. She diligently starting working on building a website, creating graphic designs and establishing social media forums for the project.
In mid November she launched Ninety-Nine and it has been very well received. The website is growing as the artist and musician submissions continue to flow in. Because of the many tasks and overwhelming amount of duties involved in keeping up with such a project, she sought assistance in several areas for which Danielle Williams, Lavonne Mireles, Claire Bernish, Natalia Panetta and Evee Katayama joined in to help with operations and facilitation. The social media pages have attracted some amazing fans who love the material and the message they have to offer.
Ultimately, Evey believes that presenting activism related issues through the expression of music and art will help to expand conscious thinking among the 99% – she believes Ninety-Nine will help to make that happen.
1. When did you realize the world isn’t as it’s presented by corporate media?
At the earlier stages of my exploratory research on 9/11, I became aware of the profound loop holes and inconsistencies surrounding the event, none of which was presented to the country through any mainstream media stations. In fact, quite the contrary, as they seemed to aid in propagating half truths and whole lies on much of what was reported. After further research, it was apparent to me that they played a significant role in misinforming Americans on many angles of the incident that occurred that fateful day. I realized if mainstream media was capable of dishonesty to that extent in regard to such a catastrophic event, they must be doing it regularly, including less substantial stories as well.
2. When and with what organizations did you start getting involved in activism?
About 2 years I began to get involved with activism through social media. Initially, I started following the Anonymous ideology and became active doing charitable events as well as protests. It was during this time that I also started corresponding with two different inmates in federal prison, both incarcerated for exposing the depth of illegal surveillance conducted by the CIA.
Shortly thereafter, I was introduced to PINAC and even spent some time visiting the PINAC team in Miami, FL. A couple months later I attended the Free Your Mind conference in Philadelphia and befriended several different individuals from various media outlets and organizations.
After the conference, I started writing for The Anti-Media covering different activism related events I had attended. After a few months, I also started writing for other alternative media outlets as well, such as The Free Thought Project, The Fifth Column and The Conscious Resistance Network.
3. What do you see as the most pressing issues of our day?
I could very easily give you an onslaught of concerning issues, but I don’t believe some issues are more pressing than others. I think all matters of corruption, inequality and injustice are equally pertinent. To be frank, what I find most pressing is the alarming amount of people who are oblivious to government corruption and completely disinterested in geo-political issues. To me, that is the most pressing issue of our day as it continues to stunt our growth and has proven to be the biggest setback from achieving victory over our government oppressors.
4. How do we combat sectarianism and build solidarity?
It would be extremely helpful if the masses developed an interest and concern for politics in the first place, as there is an overwhelming amount of corruption that surrounds it and they should obviously be privy to this information, not only because it is important but because it is their right. Sadly, most people don’t know what their rights are and thus they don’t even realize they are constantly being violated, and they’ll never find out if they don’t give it some attention and put in the effort to learn. They would benefit significantly from exploring alternative media outlets as opposed to accepting every propagated lie presented to them by mainstream media. Ultimately, achieving solidarity is not an impossibility by any means, however, I don’t particularly know what it is going to take to wake the masses in its entirety, which is what will need to happen in order for solidarity to have any effective growth among the people. It could take several years before such a thing can be achieved. That’s precisely why so many activists are working overtime to spread awareness right now.
5. do you believe feminism is more about equality within our current system or liberation from the system of patriarchal domination entirely?
I believe feminism is about both, however, one of those issues has improved more than the other. There has been significant progress in regard to equality, and we’ve certainly come to a point where women are starting to have the same opportunities as their male counterparts. Sadly, the issue of patriarchal domination pales in comparison and does not have the same improvement rate, as most aspects of life continue to be male dominated, especially when it comes to positions of authority. My hope is that more evolutionary progressive will help to even this out.
6. What are you r thoughts on Temporary autonomous zones, places like Catalonia, and Christiania, and groups like the EZLN or YPG/J or PKK.
Temporary autonomous zones have potential if they are driven by moral influence and handled responsibly by like-minded individuals. Christiania is a fine example of this. It’s not surprising that Catalonia didn’t have the same success because of the time in which it happened and the circumstances surrounding it. PKK and other groups of this nature may have had good intent when they started out, but they were formed in an unstable environment leaving them vulnerable to the possibility of being taken over by new leadership with a completely different agenda.
7. How does art translate into social change?
Art is inspirational and it influences the soul. Most of the social change we seek can be expressed through art and music. They go hand in hand.
8. What can we do about the grief perpetuated by neoliberal capitalism and near term mass die off, of human and animal life?
Neoliberism protects the private interests of a select few and the agenda includes plenty of scare tactics and distractions. Grief typically manifests through fear, which are normal reactions under these circumstances. We just have to maintain a tough stance and not let it break us.
9 Tell us about some of the prison work you do.
I wrote a piece back in October highlighting the negligent treatment of inmates at a federal prison facility. Someone I care for is currently incarcerated and I was deeply motivated to write the article about him. He is in prison because he discovered illegal operations executed by the CIA and exposed it to the world. To me, he is a hero. I’ve also corresponded with his friend, who is incarcerated because of his involvement in the incident as well.
10. Any other shout out s you’d like to make?
Yes of course. I would like to say thank you to the 5 incredible women that have helped me with my Ninety-Nine project: Claire Bernish, Danielle Williams, Evee Katayama, Lavonne Mireles and Natalia Panetta. Also, big shout to Justin King for making this awesome interview possible. John you’re incredible and I kindly thank you for all your hard work during the interview process. It’s been an absolute pleasure.