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ACLU Awareness Concert Rallies Support

 The College Democrats recently hosted a concert of student performers called “Songs of the Struggle: A Concert of Solidarity” in an effort to raise awareness for the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU).

Benjamin Brownell ’17, a member of the College Democrats who spearheaded the event, says that in addition to raising awareness of the ACLU, “we wanted to create another avenue in which students could express their feelings about the current social and political environment.” He says the group is working to bring an ACLU chapter to HWS.

The concert, which raised money for the ACLU and brought together dozens of students, featured music and poetry readings in the theme of “human respect, understanding, solidarity and struggle.” The night began with a performance by the social justice theatre company Mosaic NY, with other performances by Brownell, Colby Chase ’20, Jason Filipe ’19, Kathleen Fowkes ’18, Jordan Loretz ’17 (pictured above), Jens Olavson ’17 and Joshua Owens ’18.

“In light of the recent election, the concert featured students performing songs of peace, unity, and protest,” Brownell says.

The local chapter of the ACLU is being organized by Brownell, Jackie Fisher ’18 and Owen Beal ’17 and meets on Mondays at 7 p.m. in Stern 203. If you are interested in the College Democrats Club and want to be involved, please send an email to