As of today, 263 mass shootings have occurred in the first 250 days of 2016 in the United States alone. In those shootings, 1,390 people have been injured or killed. To take action against gun and domestic violence, people across the country are putting on concerts on September 25th, the National Day of Remembrance for Murder Victims, to support local organizations that work to dismantle violence in their own communities.
One such concert is happening in Fort Collins on Sunday, September 25th at the Letterpress & Publick House from from 130-5PM. The Letterpress & Public House is a nonprofit event space, print shop and a bar/cafe in Fort Collins’ River District. This particular benefit concert is being organized by the Boulder/Fort Collins duo The Darling Ravens. Inspired by the nationwide movement and fueled by their own desires for social justice, the duo has chosen Crossroads Safehouse as the beneficiary of the event. The Safehouse has been serving the Fort Collins area for 34 years, and provides a space for over 500 survivors of domestic violence annually.
“This issue of violence is so high profile after all the recent shootings,” says Clara Delfina of The Darling Ravens, “and for good reason, but I definitely think we have a ways to go, and that using music and art is by far the best way to forge our way into a less violent future.”
The event, which will have a live webstream via Concert Window, will feature an open mic for musicians, poets, performance artists, and survivors to share their stories. There will also be a silent auction featuring local artists’, musicians’, and service providers’ works. The contributors of the silent auction have the option to donate either 50% or 100% of their item’s winning bid to Crossroads. To enter your art into the silent auction, contributors can bring their item (or write-up, in the case of a service provided) to the Letterpress & Publick House between 1230-1PM day of show.
Additional information on this event can be found on The Darling Ravens’ Facebook event page. You can also contact the duo directly, at TheDarlingRavens@gmail.com
Other local event concerts for this cause are happening in Aurora, Denver, Lakewood, Littleton, and Longmont. The details for these shows are listed on the Concert Across America to End Gun Violence’s website. Check it out and show your support by coming to one of these shows!
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