Name: CJ Pierce
What is your job?
I am the Guitarist/Vocalist for Drowning Pool, Brothers Pierce, I also write songs and produce.
What social causes are most important to you?
Right now cleaning up the Gulf of Mexico (which is still a mess) is very important to me. I grew up in New Orleans and know many people whose whole life was based on fishing/shrimping in the Gulf. Now their livelihoods are completely ruined by things like oil, nuclear waste and harmful chemicals. These things should be handled with the utmost care and the laws around these issues are way to lenient! If these companies keep F'n up we won't be able to drink water, eat food and thus ending up "Dead" with a useless planet. It's our responsibility to force these companies to have the highest safety standards as possible. There can be no mistakes! No accidents! No excuses! Also we need to be more green. Time to recycle people!
What charities do you support - and how?
I support the USO, Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA), Wounded Warriors Project, Toys for Tots, the Humane Society and BBB, which lists all the charities to help clean up the gulf.
Do you have a passion for one in particular, is there a personal tie?
I'm passionate about all of them. The USO has brought us over to Iraq and many other bases across the world to perform in front of not just the US troops but all the UN troops as well. The greatest thing about doing a show for the troops is that it gives them a mental break from being at war. It helps them get away from that mind frame and brings them back home for a bit to a rock show.
With the IAVA we were able to help the passing of the Lane Evans Bill, which helps our troops get better mental health care when they return home from their tour of duty. We donated one dollar of each ticket sold at our shows and got over 50,000 people to sign a petition that helped with getting the bill passed.
We recently joined forces with the Wounded Warriors Project, which helps our troops who have unfortunately been physically as well as mentally wounded while serving our country. The WWP helps families get the funds the need to just be able to survive.
For the past couple of years in Dec we've been doing a show in Dallas for the Toys for Tots. You bring a toy in for a child you get into the show for free. This helps the unfortunate kids get something for Christmas.
Yes I am a pet owner. Pets are not toys! They are living breathing creatures just like ourselves and should be respected as the same. My wife I donate to the Humane Society on a regular basis. It's unbelievable how some animals get treated.
Is there a particular way you would want to encourage readers to be involved?
Can you please just take one minute of your time and log on to any one of these charities and get some info to get involved? I'm sure you have a family member or a friend somewhere that could really use your help.
Have you done a song about this topic, or dedicated a song to a charity?
We wrote a song called "Soldiers" after our first visit to Iraq. It's simply about thanking the men and woman who put their life on the line to try to make a better peaceful world for us to live in. We offered the song as a free download on line for any and all troops. We also did the same with our new single "Feel Like I Do" as well on our new CD Drowning Pool.
How would you define social responsibility?
I would say if you have 10 fingers and 10 toes and you can take care of yourself and your family and you have a pretty decent lifestyle, it's all of our responsibility to give something back. Whether or not it's a dollar or 5 minutes of your time, do something you ungrateful MF's!
One thing that burns me the most are these CEOs making millions/billions getting bonuses and don't lift a finger to help anyone. Really? Using, better yet "wasting" their millions to pay off congressman to not raise taxes on the super rich instead of being a real humans and help the unfortunate out! It's the 21st century we are all people of this Earth and it's totally insane that we still haven't worked out a way to help each other out.
Do you have any tattoos that relate to your social/charitable beliefs/work?
I have some in the works. I want something that represents our troops and our country.
Quick list of tattoos and artists:
Most of my tattoos have been done by my buddy Chet Duvenci at the Mercy Seat in Kansas City. If you pass through KC you should definitely check his place out. Also I have a back piece I need to finish that has been done by Dean at Elm Street Tattoo's in Dallas, TX.