A reproductive justice benefit concert to support SPARK Reproductive Justice will be held at 7:30 p.m. June 17 in the Distler Performance Hall, Granoff Music Center at Tufts University, 20 Talbot Ave., Medford.
The concert aims to bring varied Boston-area musicians and concert goers together to bring awareness to the reproductive justice movement as a critical response to the state of reproductive politics in the U.S.
The concert is organized in direct response to the laws passed in Alabama, Louisiana, Missouri, Georgia, Ohio, Utah, Mississippi, Kentucky and Arkansas and to the threat to reproductive justice that increases day by day, particularly in southern states.
SPARK defines Reproductive Justice as “a social justice movement rooted in the belief that individuals and communities should have the resources and power to make sustainable and liberatory decisions about their bodies, genders, sexualities, and lives.”
Their expert focus areas include:
• Centering black women, women of color and QTYPOC in the Reproductive Justice movement
• Queering Reproductive Justice
• Leadership development of black women and queer and trans people of color
• Reproductive Justice and Public Health practice
• Training and facilitation in Reproductive Justice and Queering Reproductive Justice
• Radical shifting of culture and language
The lineup of musicians will include raga and jazz pianist Utsav Lal, vocalist and composer Claire Dickson, classical quartet the Craft Ensemble, saxophone and guitar duo Umbrella Pine, folk duo Sophie et Adam joined by accordionist and Tufts faculty Michael McLaughlin, vocalist and composer Melissa Weikart, guitarist duo Lautaro Mantilla and Chris Cretella, pianist Ran Blake and gospel vocalist Nedelka Prescod.
There is a suggested concert donation of $10. All proceeds will benefit SPARK.
For information, visit http://sparkrj.org.