Social Justice Rock, Talk, and Hip Hop

September 30, 2016

A cadre of our Creative Change alumni are hitting the stage, flocking to musical festivals, and leading rallies for social justice from the Chattahoochee Hills of Georgia to the streets of Boston. Read on to hear what the music is all about.

Hector Flores, Leah Gallegos, and David Flores (CC ’16) of the L.A.-based band Las Cafeteras have announced their fall national tour schedule with shows in cities across the United States and Canada. The tour, named "The People's Party,” celebrates the struggle for peace and justice by highlighting local work in the name of this mission. In addition, Las Cafeteras is collaborating with PICO Network to highlight immigrant rights work in six cities across the country and to Get Out the Vote. The activists will also be organizing a National Day of Action with Detention Watch Network in Washington D.C. to bring awareness to the human rights abuses of private detention centers and to end incarceration of migrant families. Learn more about Las Cafeteras

Many Rivers to CrossLas Cafeteras will play alongside Jasiri X (CC ’12, ’13, ‘16) at the Many Rivers to Cross Festival Oct. 1-2, put on by Sankofa.org. Designed as a “Party with a Purpose” the festival unites musicians and their fans around issues of social justice and human rights. Douglas Miles (CC ’16) will be showcasing his artwork as part of the festival’s Mural City, a mural stretching over 100 yards depicting the history of the struggle for human rights. The festival will be held in the Chattahoochee Hills of Atlanta, GA.

In an effort to affirm accurate portrayals of Black men and boys in the mainstream media, the Campaign for Black Male Achievement, in partnership with the Perception Institute, will host a special gathering titled "Black Male Re-Imagined III" at The John F. Kennedy Center for Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. Confirmed performers and panelists include Haile Gerima, Arthur Jafa, Shawn Peters, Samora Pinderhughes, Aja Monet, Paul Coates, and Darnell Moore (CC ’16) among others.

Independent pop musician Mirah (CC ’12) will be performing and protesting twice next month. On Oct. 1 she will be playing at Huichica East, a small festival in Pine Plains, NY featuring Phospherescent, Bill Callahan, Vetiver, and Wood. A week later, on Oct. 7, Mirah will sing at Rock Against the TTP, a concert/rally protesting the Trans-Pacific Partnership in Boston.

Creative Changer and musician Si Kahn (CC ‘09) is launching the world premier of his new musical, Hope, illuminating America’s immigrant experience using storytelling, poignant lyrics, and haunting melodies.

Kate Brick (CC ’12), Associate Director of State and Local Initiatives at Partnership for a New American Economy, has led the organization in launching a new campaign Reason for Reform. The campaign combines economic research with personal stories and testimonials from around the country, urging Congress to pass comprehensive immigration reform. Alongside the campaign launch, the World Health Organization released reports for all 50 states + DC on the concrete economic contributions that immigrants make to each state. Kate invites the Creative Change community to contribute to this project by recording a video that answers the question “What’s your reason for immigration reform?” To participate, record your 30 second video here.