Wednesday, January 12, 2005

Progressive Sri Lanka Benefit in New York

Crossposted at SEA EAT. From Trishala, Audre Lorde Project:

The Audre Lorde Project is a co-sponsor for this event. We encourage all community members to support this event through attendance, donation, and/or spreading the word. In this time of grief and healing, we hope that our response as a community can be part of an international shift towards peace, the strengthening of progressive grassroots infrastructures, and equitable resource distribution for all who need it.


Saturday, January 15th @ 8pm

Tsunami Relief BENEFIT for Sri Lanka
EMBORA Movement and Wellness Studio
900 Fulton St., Brooklyn, NY
btwn. Washington St. & Waverly Pl.
Take the C Train to Clinton-Washington

Support and raise awareness of innovative organizations helping communities rebuild in Sri Lanka. Instead of rebuilding the status quo, help to rebuild a country free of economic exploitation, bigotry and violence.

Benefit Performance begins at 8 PM

Performers include:
Singer/songwriter Gabby Callender
Mango Tribe's Varuni Tiruchelvam and Marian Yalini Thambynayagam
Songstress Chaney Sims
Dominican and Haitian rhythms by Pa 'Lo Monte

Dance Pary 'til 2 AM
dj:ayden -- soul, b-sides, rare international grooves
DJ Rekha -- bhangra, bollywood, hip hop

Door is Sliding Scale $10 - Whatever You Can Give
All proceeds go to progressive relief efforts in Sri Lanka

Proceeds Information

We have a list of 13 groups doing progressive and/or social justice relief work in Sri Lanka who we fully encourage folks donating to. Information for all of these groups will be available during the benefit. The following are groups we have prioritized: grassroots, community-based groups, and activists in sri lanka. Many of the groups are in severely affected areas where there is less infrastructure and relief is slow to reach.

Initiative Sunrise Lanka (ISL for Ampara, Eastern Province) -- a people-centered initiative in one of the worst hit and long impoverished villages in Sri Lanka made up of Tamil, Muslim, and Singhala communities, Panama(paaa-ner-mer).
The Women's Fund for Tsunami Relief and Reconstruction, Sri Lanka
Equal Ground -- an organization doing relief work that is also committed to equitable status for all sexual orientations and gender identities.
Jeeva Jothi in Batticaloa -- the only secular orphanage in Tamil speaking areas; older girls help run the orphanage.
The Suriya Women's Development Center in Batticaloa -- in addition to general relief, this organization also takes action on issues such as women's vulnerability to sexual abuse in refugee camps; works with Tamil, Muslim, and Singhala communitites.

If your organization is interested in co-sponsoring this benefit please contact Marian at yalini13 AT yahoo DOT com.