As we mourn the losses of life and livelihood in Las Vegas and Puerto Rico, we affirm that every person is deserving of dignity, health, and human rights. Oregon PSR shares this value with the Portland Gay Men's Chorus, whose music aims to "affirm the worth of all people." In these trying times, music and community can help us to heal and build strength for the movement of health and justice.
That's why we're so excited to team up with the Portland Gay Men's Chorus for their October 15th concert, "What Unites Us," featuring music to uplift the work of 10 nonprofits including Oregon Physicians for Social Responsibility. Other groups being honored include the NAACP of Portland, Ceasefire Oregon, and the Virginia Garcia Medical Foundation.
The show will feature "soloists and ensembles performing music that serves as the soundtrack for a revolution," including the West Coast premiere of Seven Last Words of the Unarmed, a vital new work by composer Joel Thompson. Out of the 738 people shot dead in the US by police so far in 2017, 22.5% are black even though only 13.3% of the U.S. population is black and/or African-American. This is why this choral work is an important piece of affirming that black lives matter.
We hope you will join us and our organizational partners for the Portland Gay Men's Chorus concert, "What Unites Us," on Sunday, October 15th at 3:00pm in the Kaul Auditorium at Reed College. Click here to buy tickets.