Los Angeles Times: Stop the War on Raves
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Los Angeles Times: Stop the War on Raves

    1. Petition by

      Electronic Music Alliance

Electronic dance music scene has been growing and evolving for over 20 years, both locally and worldwide, into a vibrant culture. Our culture has always fostered unity and collaboration and advocated for peace, respect, and compassion amongst not just our members but in the larger society. It is unfortunate that the Los Angeles Times made the decision to focus on the few negative incidents which unfortunately happen in almost any large concert, festival, or sporting event setting.  The incidents cited were not put into context with any other large event or musical genre. 

Coverage that fails to make accurate and fair comparisons incites fear and perpetuates intolerance.  It also ignores our culture's contributions of art, charity, joy, and kindness.  We are asking the Los Angeles Times, after their most recent articles, to do a fair report and investigate the many societal (and not just economic) benefits electronic dance music culture provides.


Here are some of the articles:




About Electronic Music Alliance:: www.ema-global.org

Recent signatures


    1. Magnetic Magazine Covers EMA for Delivering the Petition to LA Times

      The Electronic Music Alliance-Fighting For EDM Culture

      EDM News: On February 2nd of this year, The LA Times published an article detailing the drug-related deaths of 14 people who attended dance music events. They had reported that the deaths, which occurred during or shortly after concerts produced by Los Angeles-based Insomniac Events and Go Ventures since 2006, were the product of ecstasy overdose.

    2. Reached 1,500 signatures
    3. Electronic Music Alliance (EMA) delivers petition to the Los Angeles Times

      Thank you all for your incredible support in petitioning a major news outlet! By joining this petition you allowed us to provide a unified voice for our culture. We hope that the LA Times will come to us in the future for information and resources if they are having a hard time finding the research they need to report fairly.

      Turning in the petition was significant as it sends a message that we, as an Alliance of (global) members, will not silently and allow the defamation of our culture to go without rebuttal or action.

      Please check out our press release below. Have a lovely day!


      **We did not walk in with these signs (or sunglasses) -they were just for this fun shot for you! For many of us this culture is our life and this culture is about the values of PLUR, hence our signs. The petition was delivered on tree-free banana paper :)

      Electronic Music Alliance (EMA) delivers petition to the Los Angeles Times - electronic music alliance,electronic music,electronic dance music

      Los Angeles,California,United States of America: Latest breaking news - EMA hand delivers a petition containing over 2500 signatures from community members across globe requesting FAIR MEDIA COVERAGE for electronic dance music (edm) cultural events from the LA Times.

    4. Over 400 new signatures from Beyond Wonderland!

      Last weekend April Oden led a group of EMA volunteers at Beyond Wonderland and got another 400+ signatures! Thank you to everyone who signed and assisted in this endeavor!

      We also have a new website up that you can direct people to easily for the petition sign up:: www.joinEMA.org

      Electronic Music Alliance

      Sign on and tell the LA Times to stop the war on dance music!

    5. Reached 1,000 signatures
    6. LA Times writers perceives raves to be more dangerous than other events

      Hi everyone thank you so much for signing our petition. Our culture has long suffered from the argument that raves are not good for society as they are a haven for drugs, particularly ecstasy.

      The LA Times held a live chat in regards to the series of articles published online against electronic dance music culture which they simply dub "raves".

      The Times writers continue to back their stance that raves are more dangerous than other types of events and cites the research they did in their "full investigation": http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-coliseum-rave-deaths-20130203,0,5564847.story?page=1

      Electronic Music Alliance does not see the comparisons in their report that would back up and validate their claims. We encourage everyone to watch this chat and spread the word about the petition. We need a unified voice in telling the Times and our larger society that their perceptions of our culture are misguided.

      Join Los Angeles Times for live chat on rave story at 2:30 p.m.

      Join the Los Angeles Times for a live video chat at 2:30 p.m. PST to discuss Sunday's rave story. Please tune in on our Spreecast channel if the above video is over capacity.

    7. Reached 500 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • bailey howes BROOMFIELD, CO
      • 5 months ago

      edm saved me

    • Steven Sours LAKE HAVASU CITY, AZ
      • 6 months ago

      EDM is love.

    • Angelina Mendez OLD BRIDGE, NJ
      • 10 months ago

      Because I love the music and the invigorating excitement of EDM festivals. The visual effects are breathtaking, the sound production physically takes you over. You don't need drugs because the vibrant and fantastical features itself causes a euphoric atmosphere.

    • Miikey Lovee HUNTINGTON BEACH, CA
      • 11 months ago

      People need to know the truth. The whole story! Everyone needs to realize that the whole genre is fueled by one focus. P.L.U.R.R. A simple acronym describing a way of life. The acronym mean Peace. Love. Unity. Respect. & Responsibility. So I must stress that it's not only wrong but not fair to everyone that lives by p.l.u.r.r and is a listener of EDM. It's just the fact that the people that don't understand what "raves" and "edm" are simply hating on something tphat their not familiar with which in reality it scares them. Cuz its only different and not considered "normal" Simple as that! So I speak for all of us "raves" and fellow "edm" listeners we ask please before judging us or our genre do your own research about the articles you read in the paper instead of believing the lies fueled by hate from people that just don't want to take a minute to know the real side of the story. Remember there's always two sides to a story! I want to finish by saying... Our scene is driven by plurr. Nothing but good vibes and positive energy although all the hate and negative bashing hurts we'll all Together As One get thru this and be on top. Cuz all we want to do is dance freely and live our lives the p.l.u.r.r. way all day everyday happy, motivated, positive vibes, and some good EDM! YEEEEEE

      From all us ravers out here!


      Miikey Tuason aka! Skittlez<3

    • Eliana Salomon EL CENTRO, CA
      • about 1 year ago

      I've been on my own seance I was 18 and have always had a potion from music seance I could walk and can afford things like this. This would mean the world to me. I just want at lease on chances to do something so epic like right here. Please and thank you<3


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