Grammy-winning singer-songwriter Alanis Morissette will perform at a rally in support of 33rd Congressional District candidate Marianne Williamson Monday night at the Saban Theater in Beverly Hills.
Morissette's set will include "Today," which she wrote as the official campaign song for Williamson's campaign in the Westside-South Bay-San Fernando Valley district.
Morissette sang when Williamson announced her candidacy on Oct. 20, before Rep. Henry Waxman, D-Beverly Hills, gave any inkling he would retire from the office he has held since 1975.
Morissette was speaking in support of Williamson when she was asked if she would write a song for her campaign and agreed without hesitation.
The song emphasizes the need for change and includes such phrases as "systems are failing," "start a revolution" and "revive this constitution." It can be heard at marianneforcongress.com/alanis.
"I was attempting to capture the passion, mission, activism, deep humanity and tenderness of Marianne, the new political sensibility she represents and the consciousness that produced it," Morissette said.
The rally is set to begin at 7:30 p.m.
Williamson, an author and entrepreneur who will not have a party preference listed beside her name on the June 3 primary ballot, said she is running because "I feel in my heart that the political status quo today, instead of protecting the American people from encroachment by an unholy alliance of money and power, has become too often the handmaiden and advocate for that alliance."
"At a time like this, there's only one thing to protect us -- ourselves," Williamson said. "It's time for a new American Spring, a pro- democracy movement here in our own country, by which we rid the U.S. government of the undue influence of money, probably through a constitutional amendment forbidding it."
Williamson promised in February not to accept contributions from political action committees and lobbyists.
"I believe the effects of PAC and lobbyist money on our political process has prevented meaningful solutions on the central issues facing our country, from child poverty to climate change, to income inequality, our mass incarceration rate, energy independence and more," Williamson said.
--City News Service