Irish Stand – A Global Call for Justice and Equality

We can’t be in New York City to attend this event, but we’ll be there in spirit.  Thank you Senator Aodhán Ó Ríordáin.

Happy St. Patrick’s Day ~ Sláinte!

We invite you to join us in an Irish Stand, a call for inclusivity, diversity, and human rights for our global citizenry.  Irish Stand will be an evening of multi-cultural prose, speech, song, and wit.

Irish Stand has been organized to coincide with Ireland’s National Holiday, St. Patrick’s Day. The story of the Irish, both home and abroad, is one of immigration, sectarianism, and oppression. We understand and echo the concerns of those communities who face fear and uncertainty. We are, therefore, compelled to raise our voices in the spirit of the late and great, Dr. King, and make a compassionate stand for unity.

Irish Stand will feature contributions from New York based Irish author and National Book Award recipient Colum McCann and comedian Maeve Higgins. Master of Ceremonies for the evening’s presentation is playwright and Waking the Feminist activist, Lisa-Tierney-Keogh. Speakers include: Margarette Purvis, President, Food Bank for New York City; Jenan Matari, Palestinian-Latina American and Co-Founder/Editor at Miss Muslim; Imam Shamsi Ali, Muslim Scholar and Director of Jamaica Muslim Center in Queens; Dr. Debbie Almontaser, Board President of the Muslim Community Network, author and educator; writer and activist Shaun King; West Wing actor Richard Schiff, Human Rights Watch UN’s Aisling Reidy; Irish American author, Yvonne Cassidy; The Riverside Church pastor, Rev. Dr. Amy K. Butler; Assemblyman, 69th District, Daniel O’Donnell; Emmy-winning video producer and Filipino American Marissa Aroy; and NYCLU representative Terry McGovern. Performances curated by Artist without Walls and include Argentine bandoneonist JP Jofre, Afro-Peruvian musicians Yuri Juarez and Sofia Tosello, South Korean violinist Ji in Yang, Irish born singer, Niamh Hyland, and Performance Poet, Itiola Jones. Irish born singer-songwriters Niall Connolly, Anthony Mulcahy,  and Freddie White will lend their talent as well. Special efforts were made to evidence inclusivity, the essence of Irish Stand.

Let us remind this new administration, many of whom are Irish-American descendants of immigrants themselves, that the international community rejects the politics of division and fear. By working together, we can lead by example and make a difference in America and across the world.

Irish Stand
The Riverside Church in New York City, NY
Friday, March 17, 2017  7:30 to 10:00 pm
Proceeds to benefit ACLU

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