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  • “Stand Up Against Intolerance and Hatred in Our Community”

    news release

     “Stand Up Against Intolerance and Hatred in Our Community”

    Solidarity Celebration at BSP in Kingston

    – April 23 event features music, speakers and networking for positive action –

    KINGSTON, NY (April 10, 2017) – Soon after the 2017 U.S. Presidential inauguration, a Woodstock area family suffered several anti-Semitic bias incidents. This family’s story is by no means an isolated incident here in Ulster County, and it is increasingly typical of life for Black, Latino, LGBT, Jewish and Muslim communities who are vulnerable to abuse and attack in our new political reality. Recognizing that this local incident is part of a virulent trend of racist, misogynist and xenophobic behavior in the United States, several regional musicians and other New York State artists decided to take a stand.

    On Sunday, April 23 from 2-4 p.m. at BSP, 323 Wall Street, in Uptown Kingston, a newly formed local coalition of artists and community members will hold an event to express solidarity with all communities at risk.

    “We want to show that we are going to stand up against intolerance and hatred,” said guitarist and composer, Marc Ribot, a friend of local residents and one of several artists slated to perform at the event. “We intend this to be a celebration of strength and diversity and to show our unified resistance to bias and the conditions that cause and allow it.”

    Local organizers will use the creative and positive power of the arts to open up conversations among community members. The group plans to build a locally based, visible and ongoing network of faith-based, cultural and community groups, and individuals who are willing to stand up against hate. Ribot will speak briefly about Artists Unite Against Hate, a downstate NY group endorsing the event.

    Musicians scheduled to perform on April 23 at BSP include Ceramic Dog (Marc Ribot, Ches Smith and Shahzad Ismailly); Nfamara Badjie; The Paul Green Rock Academy; Bill Brovold and Friends; and the Jamie Saft Trio with Brad Jones & Ben Perowsky plus special guests. Additional speakers and endorsing organizations will be announced at a later date.

    The event is free to the public. Contributions will be accepted and any proceeds will be donated to local organizations working on these issues here in the Hudson Valley.

    Organizations that wish to display materials or participate as speakers, and anyone who wants to assist with future events or join the mailing list, should visit the Facebook page for the event for further information: https://www.facebook.com/events/1011025145708989/.

    Contact: Rennie Scott-Childress 845.616.3687 (rscottchildress@gmail.com)