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11/19: Standing with Ferguson – A Benefit for Young Activists with Joan Baez


On Wednesday, November 19, the Church of Stop Shopping Choir, Middle Church Gospel Choir and the Lower Eastside Girls Club Choir will perform a concert to raise funds for activists in Ferguson, MO. Joan Baez will make a special appearance. She accompanied Dr. King in Selma and Birmingham and sang at the 1963 March on Washington. Baez arrives in New York after seven sold-out shows in Paris.

The money raised will support ThisIsTheMovement – community organizers standing for justice each day in Ferguson. Reverend Billy and the Stop Shopping Choir will present a check to the activists in Ferguson on Black Friday.

  • Location: Middle Collegiate Church, 112 Second Ave (at E. 7th St.), NYC
  • Date: Wednesday, November 19
  • Time: Doors Open at 6:30pm / Concert starts at 7:00pm
  • Tickets (family friendly): $25, $50 and $125



Joan Baez was singing justice songs when her legend began at the Newport Folk Festival in the 60’s.  Even with the demands of her world diva status, Ms. Baez comes to us after six sold-out shows at the 2200 seat L’Olympia in Paris. Joan Baez understands activism on the ground.  She was with Dr. King in Selma and Birmingham and sang at the 1963 March on Washington.  Recently she performed in Foley Square as a part of Occupy Wall Street, on the invitation of Veterans for Peace.


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About Reverend Billy and the Stop Shopping Choir 

Reverend Billy was originally a sidewalk preacher in Times Square, holding forth in front of the Disney Store.  The crowd that gathered on the sidewalk eventually moved inside the store and the tradition of “necessary interruption” and “performative trespass” began.  The Rev and a dozen of the singer-activists of the Stop Shopping Choir have been jailed more than 50 times, at Wal-marts, Macy’s, Starbucks, JP Morgan Chase and super malls in Europe and the United States.  Both the activist and concert performances are directed by Savitri D.  Nehemiah Luckett is musical director.

 The Lower Eastside Girls Club 

Since 1996 The Lower Eastside Girls Club (LESGC) has been providing innovative, community-based holistic programs and services for girls and young women. The mission of LESGC is to break the cycle of local poverty by training the next generation of ethical, entrepreneurial and environmental leaders. The LESGC provides a place where girls and young women 8-23 can grow, learn, have fun, and develop confidence in themselves and their ability to make a difference in the world. In 2013 the LESGC moved into a permanent Center for Community on Avenue D – 30,000 square feet of new state-of-the-art program space dedicated to the advancement of girls, and the neighborhood at large.

Middle Collegiate Church 

Middle Collegiate Church is a celebrating, culturally diverse, inclusive and growing community of faith where all persons are welcomed just as they are as they come through the door. Rooted in Christian tradition as the oldest continuous Protestant Church in North America, Middle Church is called by God to boldly do a new thing on the earth. As a teaching congregation that celebrates the arts, our ministries include rich and meaningful worship, care, and education that nurture the mind, body, and spirit, social action which embraces the global community, and participation in interfaith dialogue for the purpose of justice and reconciliation.