The Braided Janes are releasing their song, “I Can’t Breathe,” in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement. The video was a community collaborative and depicts protest footage captured shortly after Mr. George Floyd’s death, while visually taking the viewer from the past to the present, emphasizing the atrocities, or these modern day lynchings, that continue to happen.
The song honors the memory of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and the many lives senselessly lost due to police brutality, systemic inequity and a broken, apathetic justice system. The song and video were created with the hope to help make change through art. 100% of the music sales will be donated to Black Lives Matter through 2021 so that they may continue their advocacy work.
The Braided Janes lead singer, Jessica Rodriguez, is a gun violence survivor and has first-hand knowledge of this country’s broken judicial system – her mother, Maria Josefina Rodriguez, was murdered and the case was never solved.
Among the nation’s largest cities, Chicago stands out for both its high murder rate and for the number of murders that go unsolved. In recent years, Chicago police have been solving only about 4 of every 10 murders in the city, but police data show the rate is even worse when the victim is African American.
A Washington Post investigation finds that Chicago leads the nation among large cities with unsolved murders, particularly when the victim is a person of color. Similarly, a study by the Chicago National Public Radio affiliate WBEZ, also underscored inequities in solving murder cases indicating that, “when the victim was white, 47% of the cases were solved, for Hispanics, the rate was about 33% and when the victim was African American, it was less than 22%.”
About The Braided Janes
Lead vocalist, Jessica Rodriguez, grew up in the Little Village Community of Chicago and is a fierce advocate for common sense gun reform and immigration reform, LGBTQ issues and social equity. Her wife, Juny Alverez, the band’s drummer, emigrated from Ecuador and faced the hurdles of the immigration system firsthand. Andrew Doyle, on bass, has decades of experience in the industry and together they create great synergy via The Braided Janes.
The Braided Janes were selected by NPR World Café among the top songs released in 2019. The song “Fuego” which translates to Fire, is included in The Braided Janes’ recent debut album ¡DESPIERTA! (Wake up!), addressing key issues including gun violence, femicide and the ongoing battle against immigrants