‘Irish Stand’ aims to be a ‘global call for justice and equality’ and will take place at The Riverside Church, 490 Riverside Drive, Manhattan, 7:30PM. An iconic venue, where leaders such as Martin Luther King Jr. and Nelson Mandela once gave famous addresses, TRC is steeped in a rich social justice legacy and seats 2500. Proceeds will give aid to the New York Civil Liberties Union.
Irish Stand, inspired by Irish Senator, Aodhán Ó Ríordáin, and in collaboration with community groups such as Waking the Feminist, I Am a Muslim Too, NYCLU, Women’s March NYC, including multicultural artists and activists, is a global call for inclusivity: “All are welcome: native born and immigrant; exiles and refugees.”
The event will feature contributions from New York based Irish author and National Book Award recipient Colum McCann and comedian and host of the ‘Maeve in America’ podcast Maeve Higgins. Master of Ceremonies for the evening’s presentation is playwright and Waking the Feminist activist, Lisa-Tierney-Keogh.
Speakers include: Jenan Matari, Palestinian-Latina American and Co-Founder/Editor at Miss Muslim; Imam Shamsi Ali, Muslim Scholar and Director of Jamaica Muslim Center in Queens; Dr. Debbie Almontaser, Board President of the Muslim Community Network, author and educator; writer and activist Shaun King; West Wing actor Richard Schiff, Human Rights Watch UN’s Aisling Reidy; Irish American author, Yvonne Cassidy; The Riverside Church pastor, Rev. Dr. Amy Butler; Assemblyman, 69th District, Daniel O’Donnell; Emmy-winning video producer and Filipino American Marissa Aroy; and NYCLU representative Terry McGovern. Performances curated by Artist without Walls and include Argentine bandoneonist JP Jofre, Afro-Peruvian musicians Yuri Juarez and Sofia Tosello, South Korean violinist Ji in Yang, Irish born singer, Niamh Hyland, and Performance Poet, Itiola Jones. Ireland-based folk singers, Niall Connolly, and Anthony Mulcahy will lend their talent as well as Freddie White. Special efforts were made to evidence inclusivity, the essence of Irish Stand.
Senator Aodhán Ó Ríordáin, whose Senate speech about President Trump went viral internationally with over 40 million views, said he feels it has never been more important to make a stand and speak out:
“Many of the struggles that Martin Luther King campaigned on are sadly the same struggles people face today. We are witnessing attacks on workers, on the environment and on vulnerable communities, especially migrants and immigrants. It is so important that we don’t sit back in silence. I’m glad to say the support we’re receiving is overwhelming. Our hope is to send a clear message out that Irish people stand in unity with people of different races in calling for justice and equality in the US, Ireland and around the world.”