Resist! A Benefit to Fight Unnatural Disasters
Despite Hurricane Maria being nine months past, the people of Puerto Rico are still experiencing a deep humanitarian crisis. In an effort to raise awareness and financial support, six Asheville acts will be performing at the Salvage Station on July 7, in partnership with Pop Ed, a local social justice activists collective. Proceeds from the event will go to Federación de Maestros de Puerto Rico (Puerto Rico Teachers Federation), an educators union in Puerto Rico that has been a driving force in rebuilding devastated communities since the hurricane hit.
The lineup for the evening includes emcees SIYAH, PR Heavy, and Mook!, soul singer-songwriter Jonathan Santos, DJ Dr Hotron Beats, and NPR-featured hip-hop ensemble Natural Born Leaders. Music starts at7:00 PM, though doors will be open as early 6:00 PM, with children’s activities, education booths, and representatives of several community partners, including Hood Huggers International and Atlantic Coast Pipeline Resistance present.
While the main agenda for the evening is to crowdsource for hurricane relief, event co-organizer JaNesha Slaughter notes that the problem transcends beyond the impact of natural disasters. Says Slaughter:
“Natural disasters happen. Unnatural disasters shouldn't. Floods have lasting impacts, halting access to food, water, electricity, and healthcare. While we can't change the path of a hurricane or halt rising waters, we can fight man made mistakes that make disasters worse. Together, we have to resist so we make this call to end all unnatural disasters.”
Natural Born Leaders, SIYAH, MOOK the BTSG, Victor Garcia AKA PR HEAVY, Jonathan Santos, & Dr. Ho-Tron Beats.
Natural Born Leaders: www.naturalbornleadersband.com/
PR Heavy: www.facebook.com/PRHEAVY/
Jonathan Santos: http://www.jonathansantosmusic.com/
Dr Hotron Beats: https://www.reverbnation.com/DrHoTron
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