Solidarity Rally

Vocal Resistance performed at the Solidarity Rally on Friday, November 17 at Genoa Park in Columbus, OH. The event was hosted by Stop Trump: Columbus. Despite the chilly weather, the crowd was warm and friendly.

Brian accompanied the choir singing “I’m Gonna Walk It With You.” The small ensemble included Hannah, Denise, Donna, Connie, and Jessa.

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Song Circle – Thursday, Nov. 16

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Song Circle for Sharing the Songs of the Resistance

Thursday, November 16, 2017

7-8:45P

North Unitarian Universalist Congregation

1574 Franklin St., Lewis Center, OH

Join us for a friendly evening of song and community. Sing, laugh, recharge, resist.

Vocal Resistance meet regularly to prepare for events and to share the songs that move us and fill us with hope. Copies of music will be available. Bring $2 if you would like to buy the sheet music for “Imagine.”

All are welcome.

Choir Rehearsal for Vocal Resistance

Thursday, October 26
7:00-8:45P
1574 Franklin St., Lewis Center, OH
North Unitarian Universalist Congregation
Vocal Resistance
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Add your voice to a growing movement of musical activism. Beyond shouting and waving signs, we SING. Vocal Resistance is a local all-volunteer choir that is changing the optics of nonviolent protest.
We gather monthly to practice songs that resonate with the issues of today: immigration, Black Lives Matter, gender equality, peace, solidarity, environmental justice, and more. Our goal is to always be able to muster a polished “standing army” of singers for protests, marches, community events, flash mobs, or wherever a little music is needed.
Everyone is welcome to choir practice- all ages, all genders, all religious (or non-religious) affiliations, all political affiliations. Join us because you love music and want to sing with a group; join us because you want to make a difference. Bring $2 to buy the sheet music for “Imagine.” All other music is provided at no cost.

Health Care Rally 9/25 – Singers Needed!

Monday, September 25

5:30P

Ohio Union on the OSU Campus

Hosted by Indivisible, the following is from the Facebook invite for the event:

The Senate’s latest iteration of tRumpcare is equally as bad as prior bills and is gaining steam. The RepubliCons may be close to the 50 votes needed on Graham-Cassidy, but Portman has yet to weigh in.

If Portman’s a yes, millions may lose their coverage and Ohio will lose billion$ in health care funding. Even Governor Kasich–*no* moderate–is against this bill!

We must kill Trumpcare NOW because the unethical legislative vehicle that Republicans were trying to use to push through tRumpcare expires on September 30. That means they can’t do anything to alter the Affordable Care Act without Democrats from this point forward!

Please show up and bring a friend at this high-visibility location on High Street outside the Ohio Union at OSU.

Zombie attire optional. Signs and banners and noisemakers encouraged!

#KillTheBill

Vocal Resistance needs at least 10 singers. We are close but need a few more firm commitments. Can you sing on Monday? Please respond on the “Vocal Resistance Members” page on Facebook.

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Rehearsal 9/28

Thursday, September 28

7:00-8:45P

North Unitarian Universalist Congregation

1574 Franklin St., Lewis Center, OH

Vocal Resistance choir practice Thursday, September 28 at 7P in Lewis Center. We will rehearse the songs in our repertoire and try out some new songs too. During the break, we will discuss upcoming events and continue working on ideas for the spring concert.

New members are always welcome. No vocal experience is necessary.

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Solidarity Vigil with Edith Espinal

Vocal Resistance sang at the Solidarity Vigil with Edith Espinal on Sunday, September 17. The event was held at the Columbus Mennonite Church where Edith is living in Sanctuary while she faces deportation.

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We had just two days notice for this event but managed to assemble a group of 10 strong singers. This kind of rapid response is what makes Vocal Resistance a unique and powerful voice for change in our community.

Led by Rev. Dan Clark,¬†local organizer for Faith in Public Life, scores of supporters holding candles stood with Edith outside the church and addressed the media. Vocal Resistance then led the singing of “This Little Light of Mine” as those assembled processed into the church for a time of reflection and prayer.

During the service, Vocal Resistance sang “Meditation On Breathing,” “America the Beautiful,” and “I’m Gonna Walk It With You.” The service was beautiful and focused on the meaning of “Sanctuary.” Christian, Catholic, Muslim, and Jewish faith leaders talked about how their religion compels them to protect the vulnerable. An article in the Dispatch today says that more churches are considering becoming sanctuaries.

In a moment of levity, the choir led the assembly in the singing of “Happy Birthday” to Edith on the occasion of her 40th birthday.

We are reminded of how important music is in creating community, fostering reverence, commemorating life events, and renewing purpose.

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Edith, we wish you all the best as your fight for your family and for the country you love. Vocal Resistance is ready to lend a voice whenever you need us.

Rehearsal 9/7

Thursday, September 7

7P

North Unitarian Universalist Congregation

1574 Franklin St., Lewis Center

Sing Out with Vocal Resistance, Central Ohio’s social justice choir that welcomes people of all ages, gender identities, religions, race, and ability. We will practice the five songs in our repertoire and plan for future events. At this rehearsal, we will consider a NEW, LONG-TERM PROJECT. New members are encouraged to attend. Music is available for $2. Community, learning, endorphins, activism, and laughter are guaranteed.

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Choir Practice 8/24

Thursday, August 24

7-8:45P

1574 Franklin St., Lewis Center, OH

North Unitarian Universalist Congregation

Sing Out with Vocal Resistance, Central Ohio’s social justice choir. We welcome¬†musicians of all ages, gender identities, spiritualities, race, and ability. We will practice the five songs in our repertoire and plan for future events. New members are encouraged to attend. Music is available for $2. Community, learning, endorphins, activism, and laughter are guaranteed.

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“Not everybody has to sing the melody” -Pete Seeger

7/27 Rehearsal in Columbus

Thursday, July 27

7-8:45 PM

First Unitarian Universalist Church

93 W. Weisheimer, Columbus

Everyone is welcome at this rehearsal for Vocal Resistance singers. We will be working on the five pieces in our repertoire: “America, the Beautiful,” “Meditation On Breathing,” “Imagine,” “Quiet,” and “I’m Gonna Walk It With You.” We will also have a short discussion about adding new songs and continuing to crystalize our mission. The rehearsal will be led by Karen Buchanan with help from Charles Miles.

 

7/13 Rehearsal for VR Choir in Lewis Center

Thursday, July 13

7-8:45p

1574 Franklin St., Lewis Center, OH

North Unitarian Universalist Congregation

All current and new Vocal Resistance members are encouraged to enjoy this uplifting evening of music and activism. We will continue to refine parts and work on memorization for upcoming performances. Copies of the sheet music for “Imagine” will be available for purchase for $2.