The Vermont Workers’ Center (VWC) is bringing legendary singer-songwriter-organizer Si Kahn to join them on a series of events across the state celebrating the eleventh anniversary of their work. The VWC is working to grow a grassroots network of working and low-income Vermonters for workers’ rights and social justice. This tour builds on the momentum and energy of over a thousand participants who converged on the Statehouse in Montpelier on May 1, 2009, to celebrate our historic "Health Care is a Human Right" rally.
Si Kahn, the founder and director of Grassroots Leadership, a civil rights organization based in North Carolina, has worked for over 40 years as a civil rights, labor and community organizer. His songs of family, community, work and freedom have been recorded by many artists. The tour will benefit both the VWC and Grassroots Leadership, a national organization currently focused on ending immigrant family detention centers.
"We are very excited to be bringing Si to Vermont, especially right now, when the need for grassroots organizing has never been greater and there is a tremendous amount of opportunity for winning positive change for social and economic justice," said Dawn Stanger, President of the Vermont Workers’ Center. "Si’s music is uplifting and inspiring, and we are glad to help bring attention to the important immigrant rights work they're doing."
With the Healthcare Is A Human Right campaign, the VWC is building a statewide grassroots movement to change what is politically possible for healthcare reform by developing a network of organizing committees in each county working to hold elected officials accountable to the will of the people. During the tour, the VWC will also announce a new leadership development program for youth, working and low-income Vermonters called "Organize For Change: Education for Movement-Building." This comprehensive organizing training program will include full-day organizing trainings, workshops in social justice movement history and the launching of a new Vermont Anti-Racism Training Institute.
Another goal of the tour is to bring Vermont musicians and artists together to work with grassroots organizations to create social change. Kahn will lead group discussions with Vermont musicians about the role musicians have played in past social justice movements and explore ideas about how to work to support local grassroots organizing efforts. For the Barre and Brattleboro performances, Kahn will be joined by Scott Ainslie, the world-renowned blues guitarist based in Brattleboro.
THURSDAY JUNE 4, 7:30pm, Si Kahn Benefit Concert
Flynn Space, 147 Main Street, Burlington
Legendary singer-songwriter Si Kahn will perform a benefit concert to raise money for the "Healthcare Is A Human Right Campaign" of the Vermont Workers' Center and other local and national grassroots organizing projects. Tickets are $25 and are available through the FlynnTix Regional Box Office: in person at 153 Main Street, Burlington; over the phone at (802) 86-FLYNN or online at www.flynntix.org.
FRIDAY JUNE 5, 7pm, Vermont Artists United
Vermont Workers' Center, 294 North Winooski Avenue, Burlington
Si Kahn will lead the founding meeting to explore how Vermont musicians and artists can help build a grassroots movement for social change. After the meeting, at a local recording studio artists will record an album of social justice themed songs.
SATURDAY JUNE 6, 5-8:30pm, Si Kahn & Scott Ainslie Benefit Concert
Old Labor Hall, 46 Granite Street, Barre
Benefit concert to raise money for the "Healthcare Is A Human Right Campaign" of the Vermont Workers' Center and other local and national grassroots organizing projects. The Vermont Workers' Center 11th Anniversary Celebration Dinner precedes the performance and is being catered by Sugarsnap. Tickets, which include the dinner and the concert, are $25 and are available at http://cattailmusic.com/concert-for-change/
SUNDAY JUNE 7, 7:00 p.m. "Concert for Change" with Si Kahn & Scott Ainslie
West Village Meeting House/All Souls Church (Unitarian Universalist)
20 South Street, Brattleboro, 802-254-9377
Tickets are $15 and are available online at: http://cattailmusic.com/concert-for-change/