Whilst we’re more online than in person, I’ve been putting together the occasional campaigning video to virtually bring together many voices for change. Many of these have been with members of Protest in Harmony and the Campaign Choirs Network. I’ll collate them here as they appear.
Written for the 16 days of activism against gender based violence in 2011. Recorded in 2021. Thanks to the many many voices, hands and hearts shared for this video.
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This solidarity video was made in collaboration with the community of Putaendo in Chile, who are resisting a Canadian mine. You can read more about the resistance of Putaendo here: https://miningwatch.ca/blog/2021/7/15/putaendo-wont-surrender
The song ‘Somos Todes’ was written by a group of singers from Chile, Canada, Scotland, the USA & England. This video was made in support of Putaendo to uplift the voices of this community in the run up to COP26 (https://cop26coalition.org/)
A love letter to Gaza, a song that San Ghanny Choir have been singing for many years now. We recorded this video remotely immediately following the bombardment of Gaza during May 2021.
This song was written by members of the Maryhill Integration Network’s Joyous Choir to celebrate the solidarity shown in Kenmure Street on May 13th 2021. The chant that inspired this song was “These are our neighbours, let them go.” Many thanks to all who contributed.
Women of Scotland
Kathy Galloway’s beautiful Women of Scotland words, made into a video for International Women’s Day 2021. What an amazing bunch of women!
Here we are celebrating the entry into force of the UN Treaty for the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons on January 22nd 2021, singing and dancing our anti-nuclear version of the Can-Can. Learn more about the Treaty: www.icanw.org/
O Come All Ye Faithful (Palestine)
iCAN Ban That Bomb!
The Nuclear Ban Treaty got it’s 50th ratified signatory on October 25th 2020, and came into force on January 22nd 2021. This is a wee video of some Edinburgh celebrations following the announcement! Learn more about the Treaty: www.icanw.org/
If you want to sing this song, you can find the lyrics and score here:
Sisters Not Strangers
#SistersNotStrangers is a campaign led by refugee and asylum-seeking women to build solidarity for women who have come to the UK to seek safety but have instead been made destitute. You can find more information about the campaign here. This song is in support of this campaign – please sing it, share it, and use it to urge people to support this campaign. If anyone wants to sing this song, the score and parts are here:
Huge thanks to all who shared a picture for the Sisters Not Strangers video – please do share far and wide – and please share the link to this page, where you can find a draft letter to send to your MP: https://www.sistersnotstrangers.com/actnow
This video was put together in support of real climate action, and to remind us that we are many. Quote from Margaret Mead, music written by Polly Bolton.
Made for the 75th anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima. ‘Hiroshima Song’ was written by a survivor of the bombing of Hiroshima. It translates as “It is important that we tell the children what happened at Hiroshima and Nagasaki so that it never happens again.”
“We remember the victims of the dawn of the nuclear weapons age in Hiroshima and Nagasaki, and we honour the survivors who seek the sunset of that age by pledging to join them in their fight to ban and eliminate nuclear weapons.” Add your voice to this pledge and help us pressure governments to sign up to the global ban on nuclear weapons here: https://rise.icanw.org/