Support us in our musical march from Philadelphia to New York City in celebration of the 100th birthday of Woody Guthrie and the finale of the National Gathering of Occupy.
We would love you to support us in any way possible, be it by marching, by coming to meet us on our march, writing or talking about our action, or by donating here.
$15 supports one marcher for a day. $100 will support a marcher for the whole journey! We are providing basic food, support vehicles and infrastructure, overnight grounds, and sanitation.
We march July 5th from Philadelphia, through New Jersey, and arrive in New York City on July 11th, for the return of Occupy to Wall Street. Along the way we play songs from the Guthrie catalog, as well as social justice favorites such as “We Shall Not Be Moved,” “Which Side Are You On?” and “El Pueblo Unido.”
We are a large group of peacefully marching musicians and social justice organizers. In each community we pass, we will stop to teach and learn songs, discuss issues facing local residents, and perform with local musicians.
We welcome musicians, marchers, teachers, union members, community music groups, summer camps, marching bands, rock bands, hip hop crews, and any other musical or social justice groups to join us on our daily walks and our daily stops.
Along the way we hope to raise awareness of the importance of music as part of our civic culture, and discuss the negative impact of the erosion of public arts education funding in the last decades. Each mile that we march we ask to have sponsored by supporters through a walk-a-thon for the K-12 school instrument donation group Mr.
Holland's Opus Foundation.
We will also be collecting stories of local musicians, teachers, students, parents, and everyday folks about the role of public school music programming in their lives, about current and past budget cuts to music programs, and about feasible local, regional, and national solutions for these problems.
The Occupy Guitarmy is a leaderless brigade of instrumentalists and singers who first organized for the New York City actions of May Day. Numbering in the hundreds, assembled with guitars, ukeleles, cellos, violins, basses, noisemakers, and voices, they marched to Union Square to play on stage with progressive activist-musician Tom
Morello. The guitarmy maintains an online instructional guide of chords, lyrics MP3s, and videos so that everyone can learn their set list, and encourages progressive groups and local Occupies to start their own guitarmy by downloading a specially prepared “kit” that includes music, graphics, notes on organizing, and other resources.
Once the Occupy Guitarmy begins its journey, we will feature live streaming, daily blogging, and tweeting (@99MileMarch), and actively invite media and everyday folks to share and discuss our action. For more information and details on how to get involved, visit 99milemarch.org and @99MileMarch
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