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    The Power of Song: A Choral Convergence at the 2017 Great Labor Arts Exchange

    Join us for a weekend of workshops, films, discussion groups, spoken word, jam sessions and open mike!  Bring your instrument, your voice, your beat box, your song, your poem, your story or just yourself!  Register now online!

    Or download the  2017-GLAE Brochure !

    The Choral Convergence features:  Brooklyn Women’s Chorus, Charm City Labor Chorus, DC Labor Chorus, Left Coast Labor Chorus, New York City Labor Chorus, Rockin’ Solidarity Chorus, Seattle Labor Chorus, Solidarity Singers fo the NJ Industrial Union Council, and the Twin Cities Labor Chorus.

    Our Joe Hill Award honorees this year are Janet Stecher, director of the Seattle Labor Chorus, and Bev Grant, director of the Brooklyn Women’s Chorus.

    Workshops include:”Beautiful Trouble: Strategic Creative Activism”, “Healing Solidarity in the Trump Era”, “Resist: New Songs and Chants for Today”, and”The Sung and Unsung: mutimedia presentation chronicling the history of the Canadian women”.

    Thursday June 22, 2017 at 2 pm until Saturday June 24, 2017 at 11 pm

    Saturday June 24 at 8 pm there will be a concert open to the public where Arts Exchange participants will perform.

    It all happens at the ATU Tommy Douglas Conference Center (formerly the National Labor College), 10000 New Hampshire Ave, Silver Spring, MD 20903.

    For more information, email info@laborheritage.org

    Register now for the 2017 Great Labor Arts Exchange

    Or download the  2017-GLAE Brochure !

    50th Anniversary of Freedom Summer

    Charlie King and Karen Brandow will present a Historical Performance Piece entitled Ain’t Gonna Let Nobody Turn Me ‘Round with script, music and pictures at the Friday, June 20th evening opening session of the Great Labor Arts Exchange. Charlie says the presentation features “history that made songs, and songs that changed history.”

    This year marks the 50th anniversary of Freedom Summer, one of the defining moments in the Civil Rights Movement. SNCC (Student Non-violent Coordinating Committee) organizers went to Mississippi to register black voters amid beatings, bombings and KKK raids. Goodman, Chaney and Schwerner were murdered, and the Freedom Riders went for a bus ride.

    Ain’t Gonn Let Nobody Turn Me ‘Round offers a history of the Civil Rights Movement for African Americans from 1955 to 1967, highlighting activists such as Rosa Parks, Fannie Lou Hammer and Ella Baker.
    Make your travel arrangements and plan to come early. The show starts at 7:00 and is only open to registered participants.

    People’s Music Network Winter Gathering 2014

    January 24-26, 2014   New York City


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    The People’s Music Network will hold its Winter Gathering in New York City on the weekend of January 24-26, 2014.  A Friday night get-together/potluck/sing-along will take place at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 83 Christopher St., Greenwich Village, Manhattan. Saturday and Sunday events will be at the Renaissance Charter School (an unaffiliated, unionized, not-for-profit school), 35-59 81st St., Jackson Heights, Queens. The theme for the weekend will be “Unity through Diversity”. For information, contact Diane Crowe, at pmn@peoplesmusic.org or call  (413) 548-9394.

    Peoples Music Network (PMN) uses music and culture to bring about social change.  It is a network of musicians, performers, song-writers, DJs, sound and recording engineers, music lovers, activist cultural workers, record and concert producers, promoters and archivists whose artistry is rooted in political and social activism. PMN is a welcoming place for new musicians and songwriters as well as seasoned veterans.  It is a culturally diverse group of people committed to building community, promoting social justice, ending oppression and having fun in the process. PMN has been holding gatherings in different cities each winter since 1977.

    The Winter Gathering will begin on Friday night, January 24 at St. John’s Lutheran Church. Registration opens at 6:00 pm followed by a potluck at 6:30 pm and music starting at 7:30 pm. A sing-along will be led by PMN’s 2014 Artists-in-Residence, Terry Leonino and Greg Artzner, aka ‘Magpie’, as well as other members of PMN. Bring your favorite songs that reflect our commitment to social, ecological and economic justice.

    At the Renaissance Charter School on Saturday and Sunday, there will be workshops on songwriting, musicianship, marketing one’s music, diverse musical genres, local activism and singing. Also included are song swaps of funny songs and rounds, as well as songs about labor, gender, war and peace, racial and economic justice, and environmental issues. Also on Saturday there will be a plenary on the Power of Song offered by Magpie. Sunday morning will begin with Songs of the Spirit in which the entire gathering participates and will continue with another workshop session and a Children’s Concert, open to the public.

    New this year are the three mini-concerts that will take place on Saturday. Each mini-concert will have three acts, featuring members of the New York music scene:  Alexandra Bradbury, Jorge Lugo, Caroline Doctorow, Jeremiah Birnbaum, Lords of Liechtenstein, Sonia de los Santos, Spiritchild Mental Notes, Art Start and The Peace Poets. The public is invited to attend the concerts for a small fee.

    Over 100 PMN members will be coming from out of town and will need lodging for the weekend. If you can provide a homestay for the weekend or need hospitality, email  Ellen Davidson at ellen.davidson@verizon.net.

    Register on-line at www.peoplesmusic.org or by clicking on the ‘Register Now’ button at the top of this article.

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