Rise Up and Sing

Hope + change through song

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Justice for All - Brooklyn

Buy tickets/books: 
Adult $20 ticket
$20.00 ea
Student / low income ticket
$10.00 ea
Child-youth tickets (under 18) a
$5.00 ea
Supporter $30
$30.00 ea
Patron $50 ticket
$50.00 ea
Copies of Rise Again (7 1/2 x 10 spiral) to pick up at concert
$20.00 ea
Copies of Rise Again (9 x 12 spiral) to pick up at concert
$25.00 ea
Total Cost$0.00

Come join us as we sing together to strengthen our hope, resilience, and commitment to struggle in these challenging times. We will celebrate and shine a light on organizations leading the fight for justice for immigrants, People of Color, women, the LGBTQ community, and all those whose rights and safety are threatened today.

The concert is a benefit for the Brooklyn Defense Committee, a community-based group working to address the violence of deportations affecting immigrants and refugees in Brooklyn. Building on legacy of the Sanctuary Movement, BDC is creating an emergency response network for deportable people facing home raids, a modern-day underground railroad of relocation and support services in response to raids by ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement). article on their sanctuary space

Download flyer: You can click on a link for a downloadable pdf flyer for this event in the bottom left corner of this page. 

Artists / songleaders:

Lea Gilmore is a blues, gospel, and jazz-singing activist who has lent her voice, literally and figuratively, to advocacy for the underserved of the world for many years. Essence Magazine named her one of the "25 Women Shaping the World" in 2005. She has worked tirelessly to advance racial justice and bridge divides in her native Baltimore, particularly since the death of Freddie Gray in 2015. www.leagilmore.com

Annie Patteson & Peter Blood are the creators of the best-selling songbooks Rise Up Singing and their 2015 sequel Rise Again. Their lives have been devoted to spurring change through group singing. Activist and author Studs Terkel called Rise Up Singing a "play-work-fight-freedom hymnal!" 

Brooklyn Women's Chorus will join us for this event! The chorus, led by Park Slope resident Bev Grant, sings songs on themes of freedom and justice, peace, resistance, and women’s labor history. They are celebrating their 20th anniversary in a concert on May 12th! www.brooklynwomenschorus.com/

We will be accompanied by the outstanding blues pianist David Keyes. David has a long history of playing rockin' blues including accompanying Odetta. www.davekeyes.com

Copies of Rise Again songbooks will be available to buy or borrow at this concert. 

You can purchase tickets on this event page or at the door. (Online tickets are handled by a "will call" list. No paper tickets are mailed out.)

At the door admission is for a suggested donation of $20 for adults, $10 students/low income and $5 for those under 18 ("Be generous, be affordable!")  No one will be turned away for lack of funds. If you can give more, you'll help support others to attend who have less means.

Copies of the songbook Rise Again will be available to borrow or buy at the concert. Bring a copy of Rise Up Singing or Rise Again if you have one.

Let justice roll down like a mighty stream!