Otep Shamaya, the powerful singer and brainchild of the group OTEP, continues to engage her fans not only with her powerful music and message, but with her fierce dedication to activism.
Shamaya has recently become involved with Carbonrally.com, a web-based activism platform offering people a fun, simple and social way to have an impact on climate change. The site was designed to empower people on a massive scale and band together in team challenges to reduce CO2. Shamaya created her Rally team, and within 48 hours, the team grew to 200 members — the largest team on the site!
Carbonrally CEO Jason Karas says, "Otep's leadership and the participation of her fans is a fantastic example of many people working together for a positive outcome. The passion of the OTEP community is clear through their actions and comments on the Carbonrally site. This team — now over 600 strong — will certainly inspire others to take action, reduce CO2, and be a positive force against climate change."
Otep Shamaya adds, "I am so proud of our supporters who have dared to care and get involved. I am honored to work with Carbonrally and am grateful to have a platform such as this. The earth belongs to all of us. What we do to Her, we do to ourselves."
Shamaya also finds time to be a vocal and committed activist for such causes as Equal Rights, Victims' Rights, Darfur, Hurricane Katrina, Myanmar, Rock The Vote, PETA, RAINN, and her own organization, All Shapes & Sizes.
All Shapes & Sizes was created to empower and educate people (all shapes and sizes) to trust and accept themselves. OTEP's song "Perfectly Flawed" (see video below) was written to celebrate the message that the organization was created for.