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.
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.”
Announcing the SLC "We're All Staying Home" fund drive
UPDATE: We have reached our goal of $15,000!! Thank you everyone! We will continue to release songs during this time of sorrow and hope. They will be posted on our music page.
We are the musical voice of labor in Seattle- a chorus of about 40 singers from all walks of life who serve the labor community in song. We appear at rallies, protests, union meetings and on stages around the Seattle area to inspire and educate in four-part harmony. Come out and hear us sing! You can also request a performance for your union or join us in rehearsal. Click on "contact" for several ways to reach us. Also, visit us on Facebook.
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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 annual singalong and silent auction, previously scheduled for June 6. And we cannot hold this year’s raffle for a 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.
Announcing our New Director - Miriam Anderson
We are so happy to announce that Miriam Anderson has accepted the position of Director of the Seattle Labor Chorus! We are so thrilled to have her and can't wait to gather again in song. Until then, we will continue to sing into our computers and compile harmony in bytes that will be posted both on Facebook and on our web site on the Music tab.
Miriam will help us continue to give labor a voice in the streets and in concert halls. She is an accomplished conductor, and she has a passion for singing songs of social significance. She has been involved in music her whole life and began singing in choirs and playing percussion at a young age. In 2011 she received her BA in music and peace and conflict studies from UC Berkeley, and in 2017 received her MM in choral conducting from the University of Washington. Outside of the Seattle Labor Chorus, Miriam works with a number of local ensembles including the Seattle Girls Choir Piccolini ensemble, Skyline Chorale, Foundation House Sound of Music Chorus, the Northminster Presbyterian Church Choir, Choir of the Sound, and the Seattle Youth Opera Project.
No rehearsals for the rest of the 2019/2020 Season
Please check back at the end of August for updates, all questions can be emailed to email@example.com. Thank you. Our decision to refrain from gathering comes as a response to King County Public Health, the Mayor, the Governor and common sense.