In solidarity with immigrants living in Washington Heights and other neighborhoods of northern Manhattan, the Columbia Music Department and Broadway Presbyterian Church are hosting a benefit concert for the Northern Manhattan Coalition for Immigrant Rights. According to their mission statement, the NMCIR is "is a non-profit organization, founded in 1982 to educate, defend and protect the rights of immigrants. Recognized by the Board of Immigration Appeals, NMCIR is committed to expanding access to legal immigration services, participating in policy making and community organizing." Please visit their website for more information (nmcir.org).
Several graduate students from Columbia University have volunteered to perform, and the program will consist of a variety of musical numbers, ranging from Renaissance choral music to fiddle tunes and original compositions. The concert will also include a presentation by Angela Fernandez, Executive Director of the NMCIR, in which she will historicize the Trump administration's recent changes to immigration laws and discuss the implications of these changes for America's present and future.
Seating will be on a first-come, first-served basis, and the doors will open at 7:00 PM. The suggested donation is $20.