On Sunday, November 5, 2017 a “founding meeting” for the Choral Majority will be held from 3 to 5 pm in Loper Chapel at First Church Berkeley, spearheaded by musician and activist Betsy Rose and First Church Director of Music Derek Tam.
Come gather for a time to sing (with Betsy, Derek, Bonnie Lockhart and Marci Valdivieso), discuss future concrete plans for working on issues of justice and inclusion, and break bread together with simple snacks and drinks.
All members of the community interested in music and justice are invited to attend, regardless of faith tradition.
This event grows out of the groundswell of interest in using musical expression as part of the anti-white supremacy march in Berkeley on August 27, 2017. For that event, almost 100 people turned out to sing together, calling themselves the Choral Majority.
The group will figure out what issues to focus on, how frequently to meet and sing, as well as how individuals and the group can take part in structural change.
To guide discussions, a mission statement has been drafted to encompass the group’s dreams and desires:
The Choral Majority uses the power of song to energize and sustain the work of building a just society.