(Special thanks to Dawn Xiana Moon for her help putting together this post)
After a very contentious presidential election, many Chicago residents are pledging to actively resist Donald Trump's agenda. Because of his focus on dismantling many of the programs that impact social change and civil liberties, there will be many ways to protest on Inauguration Day 2017. However, you are invited to attend the Artists Against Hate fundraiser at the Uptown Underground theater on January 20th (Inauguration Day 2017) at 8:00 pm.
It's a collection of a dozen of Chicago's finest circus performers, musicians, dancers, magicians, visual artists, and fire spinners join forces to fight Trump with art, entertainment, and most importantly, asserting the values that the incoming Trump administration wishes to deny. Donald Trump's behavior during the election - rhetoric vilifying a variety of groups, including women, people of color, immigrants, members of the LGBTQ+ community, Muslims, and people with disabilities - demonstrates a hateful, negative attitude. Artists Against Hate is looking to provide a healthy, positive alternative, as well as an open resistance to Trump's attitude and policies. Performers include
- Dawn Xiana Moon, director of Raks Geek
- Thom Britton, emcee/fire-eater
- Kamrah, bellydancer
- Keri Kazz, magician
- Greta and Skye, aerialists
- Michi Trota, fire spinner
- Keith Burman, rock/pop musician
- Christina King, bellydancer
- Michele Thomas, jazz vocalist
In addition, there will be an art auction with items donated by Raks Geek, Terry Gant of Third Coast Comics, and Carlye Frank.
Proceeds from the fundraiser will benefit the American Civil Liberties Union, an organization whose mission focuses on "...protecting the liberties guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution, the state Constitution, and state/federal human rights laws. The ACLU accomplishes its goals through litigating, lobbying and educating the public on a broad array of civil liberties issues." (Click here for a more thorough exploration of the ACLU's focus and activities)
Finally, Artists Against Hate is an event for those over 21 years of age, and sign language interpretation is available for those who require it. Tickets are available via this site, and you can get 15% off the ticket price if you use the code RESISTANCE by January 12th.
For those who wonder why we're highlighting this event, it's simple: everyone shares the same basic rights under our Constitution. The incoming administration has made their divisive agenda, which does not respect those rights, very clear. On Inauguration Day 2017, you have an opportunity to take a stand against such an agenda by supporting a great, noble organization that works to ensure the rights of everyone. And...have a fun time while doing it.
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