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Late Beastie Boys Member Adam Yauch to Be Honored With ‘MCA Day’ in New York

Adam 'MCA' Yauch
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The death of Beastie Boys emcee Adam Yauch hit a lot of people hard, but there were some fans who immediately rallied to make sure that the man also known as MCA would get his day in his hometown of New York.

On May 11, both a Twitter and Facebook page went live with plans for an “MCA Day,” and organizer Michael Kearney is happy to announce that it will become a reality at New York’s Union Square this Saturday (May 19). Kearney posted a photo via Facebook of a subway train and stated, “Picture an NYC Subway car full of all types and walks of life … singing Beastie Boys songs in unison. That’s my vision for MCA DAY NYC. I’m going to build that. Thanks for the support. That train’s a coming.”

MCA Day will kick off at 11:00AM ET in New York’s Union Square this Saturday, and everyone attending is encouraged to bring songs, memories, and anything else they feel will pay tribute to Yauch’s life.

Meanwhile, New York State Senator Daniel Squadron also made sure that Yauch was recognized on the legislative floor. He drafted a resolution that was heard and adopted by his fellow politicians. Resolution J4637-2011 recognizes Yauch’s many contributions to the state of New York, and while it stops short of declaring an official MCA Day in New York, it did allow the politicians a chance to take a break from their proceedings and honor his memory with the reading of the resolution.

In the resolution, it reads, “The music and message of the Beastie Boys evolved over the years, but they can’t, they don’t, they won’t stop changing the face of hip-hop, of music, and of our culture; and whereas, the Beastie Boys exemplified New York through a period in which grassroots creativity and a community of iconoclastic artists helped redefine and rejuvenate a city on the ropes, with iconic imagery from Brooklyn to Ludlow Street.”

The resolution also addresses Yauch’s work outside the band with the charitable organization Milarepa, as the founder of the film distribution company Oscilloscope Laboratories, and his life as a family man and activist. The full resolution was transmitted to Yauch’s family. The full text may be read via the New York Senate’s Open Access database.

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