When Moogfest started to realize the fallout from the North Carolina Legislature’s bigoted and short-sighted bill HB2, they knew a simple petition wasn’t going to suffice. After all, star acts from Bruce Springsteen to Pearl Jam were cancelling their North Carolina appearances.
Moogfest wanted to put their money behind the resistance. They also wanted to make sure the money was directed locally, rather than to national organizations. And they have. They bought a new PA for the LGBTQ Center of Durham. They sponsored a t-shirt, “Synthesize Love” from which all proceeds will be donated to Southerners On New Ground (SONG), a regional Queer Liberation organization. They are also supporting the Southern Vision Alliance and Q.O.R.D.S. (Queer Oriented Radical Days of Summer). Q.O.R.D.S. is an overnight camp for queer and gender non-conforming youth or youth of lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, queer, questioning, intersex, or asexual families, with special focus on youth in the South.
If you want to weigh-in or share your thoughts, throughout Moogfest there will an open mic in the plaza in front of the Carolina Theatre, adjacent to the Durham Convention Center.
We are hoping, not only to hear from festival attendees on the mic, but also, Moogfest leadership, artists, panelists, and area residents who happen by the excitement.
Full disclosure, our Jess Dilday was instrumental in organizing these efforts on behalf of Moogfest and all freedom loving residents of our community.
Want to lend your financial support? Check out #WeAreThis, a rapid response fund created to support community mobilizations and projects that advance Queer and Trans liberation.