Fear, uncertainty, and insecurity; these are the range of emotions people all over San Jose are feeling in the wake of the November election. People of Color, Muslims, Immigrants, and the LGBTQ community in particular have already been the targets of hate incidents across and the nation and unfortunately right here in San Jose.
On Monday, January 16th The Multicultural Arts Leadership Institute (MALI), a network of over 100 local arts professionals invites you to make art and take a stand against hatred and bigotry in San Jose.
In the spirit Dr. Martin Luther King's concept of "Beloved Community" we will gather make art ,perform, and publicly declare solidarity with the most vulnerable residents in our city. The day will begin with music, dance, and and art-making workshops for people of all ages.The emphasis will be on creating visual and performing art the reinforces the valus of inclusoin, diversity, and tolerance. The lunch hour will be highlighted by poetry, music, and storytelling from a diverse groups of multicultural artists. STAND! will conclude with a public declaration of solidarity and the establishment of "Solidarity Spaces" where bigotry and hatred will not be tolerated.