Written by Lauren Rosier
The online event is scheduled to take place on Monday, May 18, 2020, at 7 PM ET/4 PM PT on JusticeAid’s YouTube page. The event is hosted by NYC’s WFUV Program Director Rita Houston. The event plans to shed light on voter suppression issues and also serve as a way to uplift the world by providing music during these unprecedented times.
Performing artists include Paula Cole, David Shaw and Zack Feinberg of The Revivalists, David Hildago of Los Lobos, Leyla McCalla, Kandace Springs, and Paine The Poet will headline the event.
Every year, JusticeAid organizes concerts and public forums “to educate the public about key civil rights challenges, while raising vital funds to support grassroots organizations addressing these issues.” This year is about voter engagement and voter suppression.
“As our country responds to the pandemic, one of the fundamental pillars of our Democracy is deeply affected: the right to vote,” shares JusticeAid Co-Founder Steve Milliken. “We’re motivated to get the necessary resources to individuals nationwide, including local and state officials, so they can adapt to the new changes brought on by COVID-19. The JusticeAid virtual concert, Voices To Protect The Vote, shares inspiring music and poetry to move us all to fight voter suppression. JusticeAid is raising money so that every person who wants to vote will be able to – easily and safely.”
While the Voices To Protect The Vote is a free event, the JusticeAid board will match every dollar that is contributed up to $100,000. This will help Grassroot efforts “to remove barriers to voting and ensure safe and fair access to the voting process.”
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