Portugal. The Man Launches PTM Foundation To Aid Indigenous Peoples
By Eliot Hill
July 16, 2020
On Thursday (July 16), Portugal. The Man launched its PTM Foundation to shine a light on Indigenous Peoples.
In a social media post, the band explained that PTM Foundation “is focused on universal issues around human rights, community health and the environment… we're particularly fired up to help Indigenous Peoples through this work. We are so excited to share this with you.”
The foundation will use art, music, stories, education and more to build community resilience and awareness around Indigenous Peoples.
The Alaskan natives have constantly used their voices and large platforms to educate their fans and raise awareness for Indigenous Peoples as well as sharing the stage with them. Just one look at the band's Instagram page and you'll see rows of posts focusing on the plights of minorities over the promotion of the band's music.
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We are proud to announce @PTMFoundation is focused on universal issues around human rights, community health and the environment. We hope you'll join us as we use music, stories, art, education and connectivity to help the communities that matter to us, and build resilience, empathy and awareness. We're particularly fired up to help Indigenous Peoples through this work. We are so excited to share this with you. Check out what we’re up to and get involved at www.PTMFoundation.org #PTMFoundation #IndigenousRights #TeamPTM #PortugalTheMan #Advocacy #Community #IndigenousPeoples #LandAcknowledgement #Philanthropy
“Our band has been engaging the community at our shows for years around a lot of issues, and that really just started to become part of the fabric of who we are over time,” lead vocalist/guitarist John Gourley said in an interview. “It got to the point where we were doing so many different things but without any organization to it. We knew that if we focused things a little bit better, it could make a difference.”
The PTM Foundation was put together behind the scenes over the course of a few years and they have partnered with Schaghticoke First Nations, the United Confederation of Taino People, The Skatepark Project, The Ally Coalition, Oregon Community Foundation, Rasmuson Foundation, and more.
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