Earlier this month, Salon ran a brief but interesting piece noting the minor role music has played at the Occupy protests—in contrast to the protest song-heavy civil rights struggle—and asking if any great folk singers would emerge from the Occupy protests. --- That question remains unanswered, but here in Portland at least we know that some of our highest-profile artists are working (heh) in concert with the protests.
Here's the full press release from Pink Martini, which explains the reasoning for tomorrow's show.
Please join me, Storm Large, Pink Martini & members of the Oregon Symphony tomorrow, Friday, October 28 at 12noon in Pioneer Courthouse Square in downtown Portland for "This Land Is Our Land"âa free concert/super rally & community sing-a-long in solidarity with Occupy Wall Street & Occupy Portland.
The rally will be a fun and festive gathering which articulates support for Occupy Wall Street/Occupy Portland and inspires people to get involved in a peaceful movement for social and economic justice.
The rally will open with a set of songs performed by Storm Large and Pink Martini and members of the Oregon Symphony, followed by a community sing-a-long with songs like "This Land is Your Land" and "Home on the Range". Interspersed throughout will be short and inspiring speeches by political, labor and religious leaders, including:
* Rabbi Emanuel Rose, Rabbi Emeritus Congregation Temple Beth Israel
* Carrie Medina, Occupy Portland
* Imam Mikal Shabazz, Oregon Islamic Chaplains Organization
* The Reverend Lynne Smouse LÃ³pez, Ainsworth United Church of Christ
* Tom Chamberlain, President of Oregon AFL-CIO
* The Reverend Bill Sinkford, The First Unitarian Church
* The Very Reverend Bill Lupfer, Trinity Episcopal Cathedral
* Congressman Peter DeFazio
* Congressman Earl Blumenauer
* Kathleen Saadat, Community activist and author
This is the biggest social and economic justice movement of our times. When the 400 wealthiest Americans have a greater combined net worth than the bottom 150 million Americans, somethingâs wrong. When the top 1% of Americans possesses more wealth than the entire bottom 90%, somethingâs wrong. Through this concert and rally, we hope to bring intelligent and thoughtful dialogue to the table and in the process, gather wider and broader support for this movement.
We will use this opportunity to explore and express ideas and formulate goals that, if articulated, championed and insisted upon, will make life better for 99% of the population. We support and want to gain attention for Occupy Portland, get people out of their offices to sing and dance and hopefully talk with one another about what this movement might mean for all of us.
We hope you will join us,