This is Why René Pérez of Calle 13 Won a Nobel Peace Summit Award

So, Residente of Calle 13 just received a Nobel Peace Summit Award, which is awarded to personalities in entertainment and culture who stand up bring awareness to social issues. How did that happen you ask? Residente, a.k.a. René Pérez, has been a very loud and progressive voice for several causes throughout his time with Calle 13. He’s supported everything from LGBT rights to the eradication of human trafficking, all while making pulse-pounding music. Here are just some of the things René Pérez did to deserve the Nobel Peace Summit Award.

Dude supports LGBT rights globally and has not been shy about saying so.

Residente was one of the first people to congratulate and stand behind Puerto Rican boxer Orlando “El Fenomeno” Cruz when he came out as gay.

“Pero la verdad es que no tiene nada de malo, es normal,” René said about being gay. René’s uncle was gay and died of AIDS, which encouraged the rapper to support the rights of other in the LGBT community. He has even used his experience of losing a loved one to AIDS to educate youth.

Calle 13 teamed up with MTV and UNICEF to make a movie called Invisible Slaves which tackled human trafficking.

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The film, which was directed by Pérez, highlighted the problems and conditions many children and young girls find themselves after they forced into sex work.

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The Calle 13 frontman sat down with WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange to write “Multi_Viral,” a song addressing government censorship.

“We support Assange because he is a victim of media manipulation. He is accused of releasing information to which we should have had access, because we deserve to be well informed,” René said in a statement. “He brought out in the open a lot of people and he’s being blamed for that, when it is not Assange who is killing people.”

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In Calle 13’s “Adentro” music video, René destroys his Maserati in a protest against consumerism.

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“When I started using the car, it made me feel uncomfortable owning it … because I realized that the car stood for everything that is wrong with society,” René told DailyMail. “Material goods aren’t what makes life worthwhile.”

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Residente has taken part in marches against police brutality in the U.S., standing in solidarity with his African-American peers.

On April 14, 2015, René joined a crowd protesting the nation’s increasing violence against unarmed civilians. The protest included a speech by Cornel West (pictured above with Residente) and a march across the Brooklyn Bridge and shutting down traffic to bring more attention to the issues gripping the African-American community.

René has used his fame in the Latino community to bring awareness to the 43 missing Ayotzinapa students in Mexico.

During the 2014 Latin GRAMMYs, Calle 13 used their time on stage to bring attention the plight of the families of the missing 43 students from Ayotzinapa, Mexico. Pérez wore a shirt that read “Ayotzinapa – Faltan 43.” At the end of their performance, René Pérez said, “Ayotzinapo somos todos.”

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He has been fighting against the political imprisonment of Oscar López Rivera.

Hoy en la parada Boricua en NY dedicada a Julia de Burgos marchando por Oscar Lopez

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Oscar López Rivera was part of FALN (Fuerzas Armadas de Liberación Nacional) which is fighting for Puerto Rico’s independence. He was among 16 Puerto Rican nationals that were arrested for seditious conspiracy against the United States in the early 1980s. René has been a vocal and visible ally to Rivera, calling for him to be released after serving 33 years of his original 75-year sentence.

The Nobel Prize was also awarded, in part, to the use of his lyrics to promote social causes like…

Immigration with “Pa’l Norte”

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?En tu sonrisa yo veo una guerrilla, una aventura, un movimiento tu lenguaje, tu acento. Yo quiero descubrir lo que ya estaba descubierto.?

Consumerism and Violence with “Adentro”

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?Mi honestidad es color transparente, me puedes ver por dentro con solo mirarme de frente.?

Censorship with “Multi_Viral”

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?Y no nos paran porque un mensaje contundente. Convierte a cualquier teniente en un tiburón sin dientes.?

Death of Filiberto Queda with “Querido FBI”

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?Ahora voy a explotar con estilo en el nombre de Filiberto Ojeda Ríos. Me tumbaron el pulmón derecho pero todavía respiro. Me voy a los tiros, pero todavía respiro.?

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