(From our friend Michèle Voilleque in Berkeley)
Dear Singers and Friends,
I’m hosting a special post-election #MeetupAmerica gathering this Friday, December 2, at St. Alban’s Episcopal Church, on Washington at Curtis, in Albany, Calif.
The idea behind #MeetupAmerica is, “No matter how you feel about the election outcome, we can all agree that democracy works best when we don’t just post online but come together face-to-face… Don’t underestimate the power of community.”
The Berkeley-Sing-in-Harmony Meetup Group has been meeting as a how-to class since 2010. Rather than teaching a workshop, though, this Friday we’ll have a Bring it Up and Sing it Out. Yes, I just invented that.
Come with a list of your fears, hopes and present joys. We’ll share our lists and sing, at the very least, “This Little Light of Mine.”
Children are absolutely welcome. We’ll start at 7 p.m. and end the structured part of the evening before 8 p.m. The sanctuary is ours until 8:30 p.m., and Solano Ave. is a block away.
Please let me know if you’re planning to attend by clicking here. It would be great to see you!
How can we keep from singing?? We didn’t!
30 strong peaceful voices rang out in Montgomery BART station, and Singing for Us All was born!
In response to the election results and ongoing turmoil, Ocupella and other singers are creating a public musical gathering for those who want to act in a positive and powerful way in response to the new era in our country. The long and noble tradition of song fueling social movements lives on, and will live on. We hope you will want to be part of it.
Our next “Singing For Us All” will be Wednesday evening, November 30, 4:45-6 PM at Ashby BART. ALL VOICES ARE WELCOME! Lyrics provided.
SIGNAGE: Our preference is to focus on what we stand for, what sustains us, enduring values and human capacities.We prefer not to have ANY mention of Donald Trump,in signs or songs. He has had more than enough air time already.
Our December Singing For Us All dates are:
Fridays, Dec 9, 16, 4:45-6 PM Locations TBA
This announcement came by way of Betsy Rose and the SF Labor Chorus.
We’ll sing on December 4, 2016, from 2-4 p.m. We’ll have copies of Rise Up Singing available. If you want to bring seasonal or other music not in Rise Up Singing, please bring about a dozen copies with lyrics and chords.