Tom Morello Receives Hillman Award for Supporting Madison, Occupy Protests By Jacob Wheeler | April 25, 2012 LikeTweet EmailPrint More More on Labor/Unions Subscribe to Labor/Unions Click Photo to Watch Tom Morello Pump Up Demonstrators at the Wisconsin State Capitol Last Year Click Photo to Watch Tom Morello Pump Up Demonstrators at the Wisconsin State Capitol Last YearRage Against the Machine musician and activist Tom Morello, who played for and inspired demonstrators in front of the Wisconsin State Capitol during the workers’ rights uprising last year, will receive a special public service award at the annual 2012 Hillman Prizes ceremony on May 1 in New York City. Previous awards have gone to such figures as Eleanor Roosevelt, Senator Edward M. Kennedy, Martin Luther King Jr. and Harry Belafonte. Last year, Morello also performed at Occupy Wall Street protests in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle and Vancouver. He donated the proceeds from his Justice Tour concerts in Madison, Flint, Mich., and Cleveland to the Nation Institute. “Tom Morello’s work in pursuing social and economic justice — and in telling the stories of working men and women — is exemplary and inspiring,” said Bruce Raynor, president of the Sidney Hillman Foundation. “Tom’s music, energy and leadership brings attention to causes that matter and inspires others to become more active on the public commons. In the words of another American songwriter, there’s a battle outside and it’s ragin’ — and almost any time we look, there’s Tom Morello right out in front.” More video: GRITtv’s Laura Flanders interviews Morello in Madison last February Support this story and all the stories from The Uptake. Donate.