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Art. Music, Social Action & Passion

Upcoming SOL Festival is an important and powerful community development event

By Sonya Schwartz
Published on LatinoLA: June 11, 2003


Art. Music, Social Action & Passion


The 6th Annual SOL Festival on Saturday, June 21 from 10am to 7pm, will be held at historic MacArthur Park, Wilshire & Alvarado, Los Angeles. A growing and unprecedented coalition of over sixty peace, labor and social just organizations, along with artists, community leaders, service providers, and vendors will make this celebration an important and powerful community development event.

SOL Festival is an inclusive human rights celebration, bringing together, unifying, and cultivating the awareness and power of all people through art, music, social action and passion. SOL Festival is a catalyst for the creation of a world in which all individuals, families, and communities are valued and live in a society where freedom, justice, respect, dignity, peace and sustainable ways of living are its guiding principles. SOL Festival supports local Human Rights movements and re-affirms our solidarity with the peoples of the world.

The diverse program features over forty live music groups headlined by Dezbocado, Visionaries, Odara, Medusa & Feline Science, and Go Betty Go; DJ Charles Feelgood, John Kelley of Moontribe, DJ Icy Ice and What of World Famous Beat Junkies, KKBT & Divine Forces Radio DJs, KPFK. A film festival; an Arts Festival Village with workshops and an art sale; as well as theater and poetry readings . Speakers include Dolores Huerta, Co-founder of United Farm Workers, Assembly member Jackie Goldberg, Luis Rodriguez, author of Always Running, Tyrone Freeman, President of SEIU Local 434-B, and Ernie Zavaleta, CISPES.

The gathering in MacArthur Park, which will celebrate the enriching contributions of immigrants, workers, community leaders, and youth to our community, includes over a hundred vendors/tablers, organizations providing community resources and information, free health services, voter registration, a community resource survey, and tens of thousands of participants. Local community organizations invited and welcomed the SOL Festival Planning Committee to participate in the revitalization of one of the most densely populated and poorest working immigrant communities in the country.

Sponsors include City Council members Ed P. Reyes & Eric Garcetti, LA Cultural Affairs Youth Arts Program, SEIU Local 434-B Homecare Workers Union, American Apparel, Brownpride.com, Cal State LA EOP, The Chrysalis Project, International ANSWER, KPFA SF, KPFK LA, La Banda Elastica magazine, Mextech.net, Planned Parenthood Advocacy Project, Whump! Sound, and Rock City News. SEIU Local 434b, LA Greens, and Rock the Vote will organize voter registration. SOL Festival also brings together over a hundred community organizations dedicated to families, community activism, access to resources and a better society.

The Cosponsors include Action LA, AFL-CIO Immigrant Workers Freedom Ride, Africa Alive, American Friends Service Committee, Anti-Racist Action, Arts In Action, BAYAN International/People's CORE, California Peace Action, Campaign for Social Justice, Casa Del Pueblo Co-operative, CHIRLA, CISPES, Clinica para las Americas, Clinica Romero, Coalition for Educational Justice, Coalition for World Peace, CODEPINK, Eastside Caf?, El Puente, Elev8, Fellowship of Reconciliation LA, FilAm ARTS, Food Not Bombs, Institute for Urban Research & Development, Interfaith Communities United for Justice and Peace, International ANSWER, KmB Pro-people Youth, Korean Resource Center, LA Coalition for Solidarity with Cuba, LA Greens, LA Indigenous People's Alliance, LA Leadership Academy, LA Palestine Solidarity Committee, Latin Sounds Initiative, Libros Revolucion, Mindullae, Moontribe/Gathering of the Tribes, Muslim Public Affairs Council, Neighbors for Peace & Justice Echo Park, Next Aid, Not In Our Name, October 22nd Coalition, Office of the Americas, Outward Bound Adventures, Physicians for Social Responsibility, Puerto Rican Alliance, Salvadorian American National Association, Side Street Projects, Stages of the Arts, Streetlights, Watts Century Latino Organizations, Whittier Area Peace & Justice Coalition, Youth & Student Network of October 22nd Coalition, Whittier Area Peace & Justice Coalition, Wise Up!, Xicano Records & Film, 33 1/3 Books & Gallery, and the 5th Battalion.






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