Voices To Protect The Vote – A Benefit Concert For Election Protection

Voices To Protect The Vote

The Constitution of the United States begins with "We The People." The "We" is each of us, and we the people have the right to have our voices heard, our votes cast, and our laws and leaders decided upon.  In order to form that more perfect union, establish justice, insure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, and promote the general welfare, our voices must be heard - all of our voices, each and every citizen!

If we were to sum up this sentiment musically, perhaps there is no better song than the timeless anthem "This Land Is Your Land" by Woody Guthrie.

Woodie Guthrie
 
 

This land is your land, and this land is my land
From the California, to the New York Island
From the Redwood Forest, to the Gulf stream waters
This land was made for you and me

Woody Guthrie  //  This Land Is You Land

 
 
 
Woodie Guthrie

This land is your land, and this land is my land
From the California, to the New York Island
From the Redwood Forest, to the Gulf stream waters
This land was made for you and me

Woody Guthrie  //  This Land Is You Land

To that end, the nonprofit organization, JusticeAid, announced Voices To Protect The Vote, an at-home benefit concert in support of its 2020 beneficiary, Election Protection/888-OUR-VOTE. The virtual event, taking place on May 18th, 2020 at 7PM ET/4PM PT on JusticeAid's YouTube and hosted by NYC's WFUV Program Director Rita Houston.

This event will shine a light on issues of voter suppression and serve as a gift of uplifting music during these difficult times. Performing artists Paula Cole, David Shaw and Zack Feinberg of The Revivalists, David Hidalgo of Los Lobos, Leyla McCalla, Kandace Springs, and Paine the Poet will headline the event.

Each 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's focus is on voter engagement and voter suppression.

Steve Milliken - JusticeAid
 

"As our country responds to the pandemic, one of the fundamental pillars of our Democracy is deeply affected: the right to vote. 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."

Steve Milliken  //  On The Importance OF The JusticeAid Virtual Concert

 
 
Steve Milliken - JusticeAid

"As our country responds to the pandemic, one of the fundamental pillars of our Democracy is deeply affected: the right to vote. 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."

Steve Milliken  //  On The Importance OF The JusticeAid Virtual Concert

While Voices To Protect The Vote is a free event, the JusticeAid Board will match every dollar contributed up to $100,000 to support grassroots efforts to remove barriers to voting and ensure safe and fair access to the voting process.

If you have the financial means during these tough times, please consider donating either now or during the concert.

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Jason Herman

A 24x7 member and Photo Editor of DC Music Review. Jason has been passionate about music since his earliest days and is especially excited about the music scene around his adopted hometown, Washington DC. With over 35 Grateful Dead and 80+ Phish shows, and countless music festivals under his belt, you can find him at concerts around the country but especially in his adopted hometown of Washington, D.C. Before turning his lens to music, Jason followed professional cyclists around the U.S. Domestic Circuit to the tallest mountains in Europe.