Local housing activists aim to organize a show by incendiary hip hop collective The Coup
Sunday, December 2, 2012. Woodruff's, Ypsilanti, Michigan.
WHY WE NEED YOUR HELP
Washtenaw Eviction and Foreclosure Defense (WEFD) is an all-volunteer, unpaid community activist group fighting for housing justice in Ypsilanti, Michigan and surrounding communities. We're also huge fans of . . .
The Coup is a radical hip hop collective from Oakland, California, whose work is entirely danceable, political, and notorious. Their new album, Sorry to Bother You (ANTI- Records, Oct. 2012), has been steadily racking up positive reviews, from Pitchfork to the New York Times. The Chicago Tribune says: "A presidential election. The national debate over the widening economic gulf between rich and poor. Political rebellions across the world. Yes, the timing’s just about perfect for another studio album from Oakland agit-rappers The Coup." On top of it all, members of The Coup are involved in foreclosure defense and other modes of activism in their own hometown.
WEFD has been offered the (extremely rare) opportunity to host a show by The Coup in the progressive little Midwest oasis of Ypsilanti, on December 2. If we pull it off, it'll mean a dance party the likes of which Washtenaw County has never seen—curated, organized, and made possible by unpaid community members. Read on, comrades!
WHERE THE MONEY GOES
Not only has The Coup generously agreed to make Ypsilanti a stop on their national tour, they've also agreed to play for a reduced fee in an intimate space. Woodruff's is donating its stage as the show's venue. Our funding goal of $2,000 will cover all the night's expenses. Volunteer labor will take care of the rest.
WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR?
Bring on The Coup! Be a part of this extraordinary experience. Only 180 tickets will be available for this show.
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The organizers who've been dreaming up this experience have done enough work already that the challenges, by the time you read this, have already been tackled and bested. Once funded, the only risk is the realization that all good things in life require action and community. "We can begin by doing small things at the local level." —Grace Lee Boggs
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