The spirit of resistance to government is so valuable on certain occasions that I wish it to be always kept alive ~ Thomas Jefferson
Resistance may take many forms – for the Justice Choir, it’s music that calls people of good will to share music and a commitment to a just society. The motto of the Justice Choir “Start Local, Stay Vocal” says it all.
The Justice Choir is an idea that took form, then action, in the wake of the January 2017 Women’s March. Learn more about the founders, Testa, Abbe and Ahmed here (https://www.minnpost.com/artscape/2017/06/tesfa-wondemagegnehu-and-westminster-church-are-starting-justice-choir-sculpture-ga) and about the role and support of Westminster Presbyterian Church here: https://www.minnpost.com/artscape/2017/06/tesfa-wondemagegnehu-and-westminster-church-are-starting-justice-choir-sculpture-ga
First on the Justice Choir to-do list was to create a repertoire for group singing, a Songbook, edited by Abbie, Testa and Andrea Ramsey. https://www.facebook.com/justicechoirTC/. And not the usual songbook. The editors invited the public to crowd-create a collection of “songs to sing for justice, protest songs, marching songs, freedom songs, activist anthems, and songs of inspiration and change.” Organizers encouraged “original songs, new tunes for old lyrics, new lyrics!” and advised the songs be “easy to learn, appropriate for all ages, accessible for group singing, and timely.
Submissions are now closed and the results are being readied for distribution under a Creative Commons license free of charge! A matching YouTube video resource will introduce the songs to a broad community of singers and Justice Choir audiences.
Planners have also put out a call for sheet music, a growing resource of contemporary choral sheet music on themes related to social justice. (http://www.justicechoir.org/database.html)
Lest you think there is just one Justice Choir, performing in a single place of worship, know that the Justice Choir is not a single unit but a concept, a “living, breathing embodiment of the Songbook” as well as other music for social and ecojustice.” The vision is of a movement of singing for change, programming and messaging focused on local issues, a nimble movement equipped to respond “popup” style to issues in their own communities” no matter the setting!
The energy of Justice Choir cannot be contained in one static blog post. To learn more, then engage, stay in touch with the Justice Choir movement – and get word of publication of The Songbook – here:
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A change is brought about because ordinary people do extraordinary things.” ― Barack Obama
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