Two big events in May will end the season for the Santa Cruz Peace Chorale. Coming up this week on Thursday, May 3, the chorale will sponsor films as part of the annual Reel Work Labor Film Festival. The films are about the Occupy movement, current and historical. The chorale will sing a few songs, including an original Occupy composition sung by my brother, Bill Bortin, with back-up vocals by the chorale as “occupettes”. Home baked “occu-pies” will also be sold. The schedule is as follows:
(Fred Glass, 2011, 3 min)
The 99% take the streets for a day. Segment of longer film.
(Shabnam Hameed, 2012, 26 min)
(Extra)ordinary working people struggle to change the system that the 1% broke.
(Producer: Women’s Labor History Film Project, 1975, 45 min)
Women’s role in the 1937 Great GM Sit-down Strike.
Music: Santa Cruz Peace Chorale, directed by Aileen Vance
Speaker: Dana Frank, UCSC Professor
The second event is our annual concert on May 19th. We’ll sing our entire repertoire which again includes Bill’s Occupy song and some other wonderful pieces such as Sweet Honey in the Rock’s beautiful “On Children”. Here is the poster for the concert. I hope to see you at one of these events.