Recent events in Charlottesville have left many community members feeling disoriented as undercurrents of racism and white supremacy bubbled to the surface in many communities, including Vancouver. The words and actions of some of the members of these groups have shocked some community members, while people of minority status and certain religions have to deal with it daily. Now is the time to come together and share hope, and build community.
Amy Lubik, Rodney Stehr, and Helen Daniels are inviting community members to join them at Gallery Bistro on August 24th, doors open at 6:30, open mic starting at 7. The event is to give the community a place to come together and share stories, songs, poems, or thoughts. All are welcome. Organizers hope a diverse crowd will attend Thursday’s event for equality, diversity and community. The evening will begin with songs from local artists, including local duet Amy Lubik and MLA Rick Glumac.
When: Thursday, August 24th, 2017, 6:30pm Doors, stage at 7pm
Where: Gallery Bistro, 2411 Clarke St, Port Moody
Who: All community members welcome.
Why: Racist groups are becoming more vocal in the US and Canada. It is important that we come together as a community, to share a united space and to show that we are a community united against racism and hatred.
As Rodney Stehr expressed, "It is important to create space, however small, for individuals to gather after events like Charlottesville. Above all, I think it is an important time to create space for listening and learning for those for whom racism (or the threat thereof) is not something we have to live with daily. It may not be something we have navigate in our daily lives and can be hard for us to see, and thus hard for us to believe. I think events like these are important for us to begin to start to understand that there is no universal Canadian experience."
Amy Lubik: 604 767 0914