Kindie Says No to Kids in Cages

Jun 21

I prepared the following statement with input from Lucky Diaz, Dan Zanes, Laurie Berkner, and others.  Following it is a list of people who have emailed me (show at sparetherock dot com) and requested to be added as signatories.

As performers and other members of the family music community, we jointly and strongly condemn the separation of children from their parents at the border. This inhumane treatment of families is counter to what we do to bring families together, and what we believe the United States should stand for. The “Zero Tolerance” directive that has led to the division of families—and to the caging of innocent children apart from their families—is cruel; it is immoral; it is counter-productive; it is un-American. We call for its end, and we hope our fans and listeners will do the same.

We recognize that as a musical community there is much we can be doing to understand and oppose all forms of oppression. We commit to educating ourselves and finding ways to be more useful and active in doing so.


  • Bill Childs, Spare the Rock, Spoil the Child Radio and Spare the Rock Records
  • Lucky Diaz & Alisha Gaddis, Lucky Diaz & the Family Jam Band
  • Dan Zanes
  • Laurie Berkner
  • Stephanie Mayers, Mayers Consulting
  • Lloyd Miller, The Deedle Deedle Dees
  • Mindy Thomas, Sirius/XM Kids Place Live, Tinkercast
  • Elizabeth Mitchell and You Are My Flower
  • Molly Ledford, Lunch Money
  • Aaron Canwell, Ryan Chouinard; Micah and Me
  • Frances England
  • Ratboy Jr.
  • Grandfather Paul Stark, Musical Merry-Go-Round Family Radioshow
  • Virginia Ralph and Robert Matthews, Mömandpöp
  • Matt Lynch
  • Brian Smith, Señor Fancypants
  • Mo Phillips
  • Jeffrey Cohen, GeekDad Contributing Writer
  • Joanie Calem
  • Marsha Goodman-Wood
  • Steve Denyes, Hullabaloo
  • Todd McHatton
  • The Not-Its!
  • Chris “Boom” Wiser & Rob “Dr Rock” Martin, Sugar Free Allstars
  • Patricia Kjolhede, Tunes ‘n’ Tales
  • Claudia Robin Gunn, Little Wild Music
  • Vivi Melody & Family
  • Lucy Kalantari
  • Ann Torralba, Little Miss Ann
  • Dana Boulé, Dana & the Petit Punks
  • Michael Romero, the Mr. Michael Group
  • Suzi Shelton
  • Dave Loftin, Saturday Morning Cereal Bowl radio
  • Steven Erdman, Lard Dog and the Band of Shy
  • Margot Bevington
  • Andy Furgeson, Red Yarn
  • Paul Butler, Kids Crossroads radio
  • Jay Mankita
  • Patricia Shih
  • Heather Hirshfield and Eddie RosenBerg III, The Green Orbs
  • Josh Lovelace, NEEDTOBREATHE and solo
  • Danny Weinkauf, The Red Pants Band and They Might Be Giants
  • Sagan Thacker, Radio Active Kids, Asheville, North Carolina
  • Bob Anthony and Mark Maziarz, BARK
  • Andrew A. Hunt (Cowboy Andy), The Salamanders
  • Ben Lee
  • Joanie Leeds
  • Deep Fried Pickle Project
  • Mista Cookie Jar
  • Jumpin’ Jamie
  • The Oot ‘n’ Oots
  • Dan Elliott, The Pointed Man Band
  • Kat Brotherton, Ms. Kat’s Music, Texas Community Music Festival
  • Mariana Iranzi
  • Noam Brown
  • Bear and Lion, Bears & Lions
  • Pam Donkin
  • Milo, Eliot, Emmet, Krisdee and Adam Donmoyer, Rockaroni & Cheese
  • Jack Forman, artist and Sirius XM Kids Place Live
  • Recess Monkey
  • Brook Packard, Sleepytime Club
  • Liz Gumbinner, Cool Mom Picks
  • Kari Thomas Kovick
  • Spring Bees
  • Elizabeth Waldman Frasier, Waldmania PR
  • Laura Doherty
  • Lisa Mathews, WTMD’s Young at Heart
  • Milkshake
  • Jennifer Paskow
  • Renee & Jeremy
  • Ben Rudnick
  • Vanessa Trien, Vanessa Trien & the Jumping Monkeys
  • Lou Gallo
  • Rolie Polie Guacamole
  • Like Father Like Son
  • Ben Gundersheimer & Katherine Jamieson, Mister G and Missus G
  • Matt Baron, Future Hits
  • Andrew Barkan and Polly Hall, Andrew & Polly
  • Steve Elci, Steve Elci & Friends
  • David Ladon and Seth Adams, Animal Farm
  • Alison Faith Levy
  • Alex Mitnick, Alex and The Kaleidoscope
  • Karen K & the Jitterbugs
  • Beth Blenz-Clucas, Sugar Mountain PR
  • Mike Messer, The Dirty Sock Funtime Band
  • Stephen Jacobs, The Dirty Sock Funtime Band
  • Adam Jacobs, The Dirty Sock Funtime Band
  • Annie Elmer, The Dirty Sock Funtime Band
  • Nick Deysher, In the Nick of Time
  • Sukey Molloy
  • Johnny Clay and Dave Gulick, Ants Ants Ants
  • Ralph Covert, Ralph’s World
  • Keeth Apgar, The Harmonica Pocket
  • Marc Bazerman, Baze & His Silly Friends
  • Gunnar Madsen
  • Ezra Idlet, Trout Fishing in America
  • The Bazillions
  • Cathy Fink & Marcy Marxer
  • Brady Rymer
  • Lisa Loeb
  • Katherine Dines
  • Stacey Peasley
  • Dana Cohenour
  • Dave Hamilton
  • Christina Hamilton
  • Evan and Vanessa
  • Mr. Singer and the Sharp Cookies
  • Nina Stone, Miss Nina
  • Justin Roberts
  • Joanie Whittaker
  • Katie Stone, The Children’s Hour Radio Show
  • Randy Kaplan
  • Jon Samson
  • Sara Lovell

If you’d like your name to be on this list, please email me (again: show at sparetherock dot com).  Please be patient if it takes a little to get your name added.

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  1. I stand with you. Let me know what I can do to help.
    Much love. Steven

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