We feel strongly that it is a crucial time to stand as a community united for peace and justice, committed to welcoming and protecting people of all colors, genders, religions and sexual orientations. We are also strongly committed to protecting the earth for our children and their children’s children. More action plans are underway. We are proud of our work as a community so far.
From March through May we hosted Activist Coffee Hour at Hootenanny. Activist Coffee Hour was a time for everyone to come by and PARTICIPATE. There were postcards available to write, scripts for calling, petitions to sign. Depending on the issues at hand we tried to find the most accessible and valuable ways to participate. We had some incredible special guests including Justin Krebs from MoveOn and human rights Professor Conor Gearty.
On March 6th and June 4th we gathered for Activist Art Pop-Up Shops and Cocktail Parties at Hootenanny! We raised over $3000 with our great community of artists. Friends and neighbors- Meg of Love and Victory, Hootenanny Pete, The Good Riot and many more sold their t's, postcards, linocuts, cocktail glasses and more. Profits went to ACLU, 350.org and Planned Parenthood.
On January 14th we joined together for The Small but MIGHTY Hootenanny, a visionary songfest to celebrate Peace, Justice and Love. The Bell House donated their space and Pete Sinjin and his incredible band of Riley McMahon, Steve Curtis, Mike Davis, Susie Greenebaum and Matt Feik donated their time. Hannah led art for the kids and Kira led the Small but Mighty Hootenanny Dancers in their dance to "All You Fascists Are Bound To Lose!" Fletcher's BBQ, Colson Bakery, and 4&20 Blackbirds donated food. Photographer Whitney Kidder donated her time and took amazing pictures! Over $5000 was raised for the ACLU, the IRC and 350.org.
November 28th through December 2nd we held our Week of Action at Hootenanny. We hosted a range of activities and donated all the money to the ACLU, Planned Parenthood, Standing Rock and the Southern Poverty Law Center. $3500 was raised and donated to ACLU, Planned Parenthood, Standing Rock, 350.org, and the Southern Poverty Law center. We also hoped to provide a continued place to support and inspire each other with music, art, and dance! All Hootenanny teachers and parents volunteered their time! We extend our deep gratitude to Steve Curtis, Nikolai Moderbacher, Hannah Levinson, Sarah Jackson, Anath Benais, Jackie Wolff, Rana Rines, Spencer, Kerville Cosmos Jack, Norlan Jackson, Stephen Taylor and Whitney Kidder!
On Sunday November 13th, just days after the election we instinctively gathered together to sing. We collected money and raised $1400 for the ACLU, Planned Parenthood, Black Lives Matter, and Standing Rock. We supported each other and joined together in a spirit of hope and activism.