Singalong May 15th, 2021 5PM PDT
Announcing Our Musical Guests!
Seattle Songsters BEN HUNTER and JOE SEAMONS
ELISE BRYANT founder of the DC Labor Chorus
Our Own JANET STECHER
ALEXANDRA "AL" BRADBURY singer and wordsmith
Singer/songwriter HOLLY NEAR
and troubadour BILLY BRAGG
as well as members of the SEATTLE LABOR CHORUS
Guests will LEAD community singing of great songs of labor, peace, and justice, and some golden oldies.
Bob Barnes and Martha Cohen will emcee this event LIVE at:
Words are available in a downloadable PDF file. All musical performances are prerecorded specifically for this SLC Singalong. The event will be viewable until May 31st, 2021.
Rehearsals for 2020-21 Season
Times being what they are, we are still meeting for rehearsals over Zoom. We meet at 7pm PST most Tuesdays. If you are interested in joining us, please email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information!
Black Lives Matter
The Seattle Labor Chorus joins labor leaders in deploring racism, America's long history of enforced White supremacy, and the devastating consequences for Black Americans. We will do everything in our power as members and supporters of the anti-racism movement to reverse those consequences, compensate racism's victims, and bring about a nation in which all people are assured of legal, economic, and social justice.
Bellevue College Association of Higher Education – "Our working conditions are our students’ learning conditions. Systemic racism and anti-Blackness are embedded in the fabric of our educational system, impacting educators and students alike. As a union of educators, we must work to create equity in public education for both our members and our students.”
OPEIU 8 – “Too many disparities exist today – in housing, in healthcare, in education, in job opportunities and in public safety. Black, Indigenous and other people of color suffer these disparities the most. Institutional racism must be recognized and ended. Genuine police reform must be non-negotiable.”
AFL-CIO – “Racism plays an insidious role in the daily lives of all working people of color. This is a labor issue because it is a workplace issue. It is a community issue, and unions are the community. We must and will continue to fight for reforms in policing and to address issues of racial and economic inequality.”
UFCW 21 -- “When communities of color are being repeatedly traumatized, when we see racist acts of hate and violence on full display played out online and splashed across televisions and newspapers, we remember that labor’s power comes from our ability to act collectively. Fear undermines our collective power. Racism undermines our collective power. Racism is the enemy of the working class. Racism is the enemy of organized labor.”
International Association of Machinists – “We face a clear choice: Do we join in solidarity with each other, in accordance with our values—and do the hard and difficult work of building a racially just society—or do we allow misinformation, fear and suspicion to continue to divide us? We must stand in solidarity with one another.”
You can support us
We are all fighting a dangerous virus by keeping our distance from each other. Even so, the SEATTLE LABOR CHORUS is not deterred from our mission. We continue giving voice in song to the concerns and goals of people who struggle for economic, social, and racial justice. Enjoy and take heart from our latest virtual performance found on our music page.
However, the pandemic has prevented two essential chorus activities. We have canceled our 2020 singalong and silent auction, and we cannot hold a raffle for our gorgeous quilt. We counted on singalong and raffle ticket sales for half the funds we need to rent rehearsal space and compensate our superb new director, Miriam Anderson.
As arts organizations go, we are small and low budget, but our dedication to serving as a resource for labor and social justice communities makes us uniquely valuable. Even before the pandemic, our services on picket lines, rallies, union meetings, schools, and community organizations were in rising demand because labor strikes, organizing efforts, attacks on immigrants, and perils of climate change are on the increase.
We turn now for support to friends, fans, and others who share our conviction that music and art are vital to the movement for a just society where working people have the right to organize for fair pay, a life free of discrimination, and a safe environment.
HOW TO DONATE
Send checks to:
Seattle Labor Chorus
P.O. Box 17961
Seattle, WA 98127-1954
OR use the donate button above for credit card donations.
Any donation amount is welcome.
$500 pays half our director’s monthly compensation.
$250 covers a month of rehearsal space rent (paid to Keystone Church, a stalwart advocate of social justice and labor rights).
$75 rents our post office box for 6 months.
$25 covers our postage for a year.
THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT!
The Seattle Labor Chorus is a 501(c)(3) organization, IRS ID #91-1839904.
All donations are tax-deductible charitable contributions.