SAN FRANCISCO, CA (Sept. 16, 2016)—A coalition of gun violence prevention (GVP) activists in San Francisco announced today it will join more than 300 other U.S. events in staging a free concert on Sunday, September 25 as part “The Concert Across America to End Gun Violence,” a massive grassroots movement that coincides with the country’s National Day of Remembrance for Murder Victims.
FREE FESTIVAL FOR ALL AGES
Lior Ben-Hur & Sol Tevél
Hitsville Soul Sisters
Dinero & Bazooka Joe
The United Playaz Kids
The San Francisco event, in association with the San Francisco-based youth violence prevention and youth development organization United Playaz and the San Francisco Parks and Recreation Department, will be held from noon to 4 p.m. at Victoria Manalo Draves Park(Harrison and Sherman Streets).
Headlining the entertainment will be Rick Stevens, the original lead singer of Tower of Power, Oakland rapper and platinum songwriter and record producer Mistah F.A.B., legendary 1970s Latin rock band Dakila, Israel-born Lior Ben-Hur and his reggae and world music band Sol Tevél, local high-powered Motown act Hitsville Soul Sisters, along with special guests and speakers. The emcees who will open the concert are Lady Ray, On-Air Personality and Community Engagement Director at 106 KMEL FM and Big Rich who is a Rap Artist, Businessmen, Community Leader and Founder of Project Level.
Nationally spearheaded by Massachusetts-based Stop Handgun Violence (SHV), Faiths United to Prevent Gun Violence and dozens of other organizations committed to reducing gun violence, The Concert Across America to End Gun Violence will be historic and has now grown to more than 300 concerts and events scheduled for September 25 in cities including New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Boston, Washington, D.C., Nashville, Minneapolis, Austin, Seattle, Portland, Ore. and Santa Barbara.
Among artists confirmed at various venues are Jackson Browne, Rosanne Cash, Marc Cohn, Don Felder (formerly of the Eagles), Jeffrey Gaines, Alternate Routes, Vy Higginsen’s Gospel Choir of Harlem, Eddie Vedder, Peter Yarrow and The Gay Men’s Chorus of Los Angeles.
There will be a formal press conference for the San Francisco event on the steps of the San Francisco City Hall on Sept. 22 at 11:00 a.m. Speakers include cohost of the concert Rudy Corpuz Jr., founder of the violence-prevention and mentorship organization United Playaz, as well as Mattie Scott, Executive Director, Healing 4 Our Families & Our Nation, SF Mothers In Charge Chapter Leader and San Francisco Brady Campaign President.
Besides the free concert at Victoria Manalo Draves Park in San Francisco, other Bay Area communities staging September 25 concerts include Albany, Redwood City, Walnut Creek and San Francisco Mercy High School and St. Aidan’s Episcopal Church in San Francisco. For a full list of cities and venues, visit ConcertAcrossAmerica.org.
“The Concert Across America is a chance for our nation to come together to save lives and take action to end America’s gun violence epidemic,” said California Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom. “It is our responsibility to not only remember the countless, and too often forgotten, victims of gun violence, but to demand change.”
Among the historic 300-plus events being hosted by cities, large and small, there will be 150 faith-based events at regularly scheduled services that include songs of remembrances.
THE SAN FRANCISCO CONCERT ACROSS AMERICA
In 2007, Congress designated Sept. 25 as the National Day of Remembrance for Murder Victims. The 100,000 Americans killed or injured by firearms each year and their families will be honored through this non-partisan nationwide event. As well as national and local musicians, San Francisco’s free family festival will include city and state dignitaries, community leaders, food vendors and more.
“Our San Francisco event aims to unite the Bay Area, register people to vote, and to raise awareness,” said Rudy Corpuz Jr., cohost of the concert. “The power of music has fueled many major movements in recent decides and we believe this nationwide effort will also greatly impact this vital issue.”
“We also want to emphasize that there is hope and there are programs and laws that are working. California laws and downward trending statistics are far better than elsewhere,” said Myah Evers, founder of 50safe and chief organizer and cohost of the concert.
Evers cites United Playaz (http://www.unitedplayaz.org), which will benefit from sponsor contributions for the concert, as a prime example of helping kids and the community reduce violence and risks of violence. The San Francisco-based nonprofit organization, which recently received charitable support from the San Francisco Bay Area Super Bowl 50 Committee’s fundraising efforts, holds two “gun buyback” events each year.
Donations from sponsors and individuals will be used for this extremely successful buyback program, as well as victim assistance, college funds and personalized prison re-entry counseling. For more information about donating funds to the San Francisco concert, visit http://concertacrossamerica.org/sf-donate/.
A coalition of Bay-area nonprofits has joined together to participate in the concert. They are: United Playaz, 50safe, 1,000 Mothers to Prevent Gun Violence, 50safe, Bill Small Portraits, GLIDE Memorial United Methodist Church, Global Exchange, GunXGun, Healing 4 Our Families & Our Nation, Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence, Love International SF, Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, Mothers in Charge San Francisco Chapter, Pax Christi Northern California, Project Level, Rabbis Against Gun Violence, Race.School.Community, Resilient Wellness, San Francisco Chapter Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, San Francisco Suicide Prevention, Safety for All and Sojourner Truth Foster Family Service. To learn more about the nonprofits, go toConcertAcrossAmerica.org/sf/#sfpartners and click on their logos.
About the Concert Across America
The Concert Across America will take place on September 25, the date designated by Congress in 2007 as a Day of Remembrance for Murder Victims. This nationwide event will bring together a network of organizations, activists and artists with the dual goals of keeping guns out of dangerous hands and making the issue of illegal guns top of mind for members of Congress, the presidential candidates and the American people as they go to the polls in November 2016. Boston was the first city to announce, spearheaded by Stop Handgun Violence at stophandgunviolence.org. For more information visitconcertacrossamerica.org.
About United Playaz
United Playaz is a violence prevention and youth development organization in the heart of San Francisco’s SoMa district. Our dedicated team shares similar backgrounds with the youth we serve, and we work with the key insight that communities prosper from within. We provide our kids with a safe and positive environment in which they can grow. Our goal is to maintain a consistent “home” that most of our kids lack in other facets of their daily lives. Our kids feel liberated when given a personal sense of security from those they can trust. Youth have the opportunity to grow from our foundation of love and support. The youth that gather at UP are very diverse; Samoan, African-American, Latino, Asian, White and multiracial youth are encouraged to break barriers, recognize their similarities and form friendships. To find out more about our programs and organization, go to unitedplayaz.com.