You can’t turn on your TV or log into your social media these days without awful, glaring headlines advertising a new world trauma. It’s inescapable, and it’s sad. The Jersey City Anti-Violence Coalition Movement held candlelight vigils for Mike Brown and Eric Garner. They filled over 2,000 donated purses with basic hygiene products, which were then distributed among the homeless by their ‘Woman To Woman’ program. They’ve donated 1,000 cases of water to Flint, Michigan…they’re nowhere near done, and thank god for that.
Well, god, and young punks Crazy & The Brains, who are stepping in to help raise funds for such an amazing, important cause.
Party For Peace, September 9 at Monty Hall, is a way for C&TB, along with their (your!) community, to thank the JCACM by raising funds for them to keep doing what they do…but will also serve as a night of remembrance for those tragically lost to gun violence in Baton Rouge, Minnesota, Dallas, and Orlando.
JCACM executive director Pamela Johnson will speak about the movement and how to join the mission, as will former governor Jim McGreevey about the country’s violence and racism issues and what we can do to help bring about positive change. Punk rockers (and operates of Jersey City venue Funhouse) Crazy & The Brains will perform with hip-hop duo OWL, also from Jersey City, and local shoegaze band Overlake. A diverse group of artists from Hoboken, Newark, Brooklyn, East Orange, Queens, and New Brunswick will have their work available for purchase with all sales being donated to the JCACM. Food will be available for the first two hours of the event, courtesy of chef Ryan Patrick Ahern of Union Republic.
Doors are at 7 PM at Monty Hall (WFMU 90.1FM, at 43 Montgomery Street in Jersey City), and the $10 you pay at the door goes directly to the Jersey City Anti-Violence Coalition Movement. This is a BYOB event but uh, keep it classy. If you can’t attend but would still like to become involved, visit the JCACM website to learn how at jcacm.org.