Direct Action Highlight: National Occupy Guitarmy 99 Mile March
Posted On June 27th, 2012 by Ella
The Occupy Guitarmy is spearheading a #99MileMarch from Philadelphia to New York City from July 5 to July 11, 2012 in honor of Woody Guthrie’s 100th birthday on July 14, 2012 and in celebration of the National Gathering of the Occupy movement.
They are actively seeking: daily, overnight, and long haul marchers, daily location event organizers, street medics, guitar techs, kitchen staff, live-streamers, caravan vehicles, oral historians, and general volunteers. If you are interested in marching, volunteering, or supporting please visit www.99milemarch.org to coordinate with them in advance.
The Occupy Guitarmy is calling for a National Guitarmy to convene in Philadelphia for a July 4 show of solidarity in performing “This Land Is Your Land” at Independence Mall. The next day, we will embark on a 99 mile journey of song and community as we march back to New York City singing songs from the Guthrie catalog, as well as social justice favorites such as “We Shall Not Be Moved,” “Which Side Are You On?” and “El Pueblo Unido.” All songs, chords, and lyrics can be found on our website (www.occupyguitarmy.tumblr/com and 99milemarch.com)
Along the seven day journey, the Occupy Guitarmy will stop in local communities to teach and learn songs, discuss issues facing local residents, and perform with local musicians. We welcome musicians, marchers, teachers, union members, community music groups, summer camps, marching bands, rock bands, hip hop crews, and any other musical or social justice groups to join us on our daily walks and our daily stops.
We hope to raise awareness of the importance of music as part of our civic culture, and discuss the negative impact of the erosion of public arts education funding in the last decades. Each mile that we march we ask to have sponsored by supporters through a walk-a-thon for the K-12 school instrument donation group Mr.Holland’s Opus Foundation.
We will also be collecting stories of local musicians, teachers, students, parents, and everyday folks about the role of public school music programming in their lives, about current and past budget cuts to music programs, and about feasible local, regional, and national solutions for these problems.
Once the Occupy Guitarmy begins its journey, we will feature live streaming, daily blogging, and tweeting, and actively invite media and everyday folks to share and discuss our action. For more information and details on how to get involved, visit 99milemarch.org and @99MileMarch