Open Media Boston's June 1st Fundraiser Features Unique Talents
In his song “A Brief History of the Orange Line” David Rovics tells the story of how activists prevented state and federal transportation officials from building an eight lane highway through Boston’s Roxbury and Jamaica Plain neighborhoods. It was 1972 when then Governor Francis Sargent finally cancelled plans for the construction.
But the idea that people from varied backgrounds and with limited resources can unite and win a social and political battle is timeless. Even as current issues seem intractable, it’s this spirit of remembering and honoring past accomplishments that informs much of Rovics’ music.
Just back from a trip to Europe, the musician and activist will bring his “songs of social significance” to Spontaneous Celebrations in Jamaica Plain on Sunday June first for a show called “THE WORLD ACCORDING TO David Rovics, Jimmy Tingle and the Afro D All Starz.” In a musical and comedic event that features multiple headliners, Rovics will be joined by stand-up comedian and political humorist Jimmy Tingle and the hip-hop, jazz and soul blending, “socially-conscious, community-minded” sounds of the Afro D All Stars.
The show is a fundraiser benefitting Open Media Boston, the non-profit, metropolitan progressive news outlet. The six year old digital publication features “news from the ground up,” and covers stories about community and labor organizing, free speech and human rights, economic democracy, arts and technology. The organization co-hosts the annual Digital Media Conference bringing “…together progressive technologists and activists to talk about cutting edge developments in media and technology from the perspective of grassroots movements for social justice.”
Benefit Fundraiser Details:
For tickets and donations: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/662250
Sunday June, 1 2014
3-5:30pm (doors at 2:15)
45 Danforth Street
Jamaica Plain, MA
http://tinyurl.com/k6ma8j7 (Google map)
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