Moogfest's New "Protest Stage" Resists the Muslim BanArticle by: Emily Ward|@_drawylime
Mon February 06, 2017 | 15:30 PM
In 2016, Moogfest made waves by denouncing North Carolina's House Bill 2, The Public Facilities Privacy & Security Act, which eliminated anti-discrimination protections for LGBTQ people. The law also barred transgender people from using the bathroom of their choice, instead forcing them to use the bathroom that matched the sex on their birth certificate. Moogfest spoke out against that law (which ultimately failed to be repealed), and now, in 2017, the Durham, North Carolina festival is standing against Trump's recent ban on Muslim immigrants from seven countries entering the United States with a dedicated place for resistance via a "Protest Stage."
According to Moogfest producers, the May 8-11 festival's Protest Stage "will be brought to life through workshops, installations, conversations, and masterclasses. We will stand in full accord with artists from various communities to collectively celebrate inclusivity and elevate the fight against discrimination here in North Carolina and across the world."
Here is part of Moogfest's statement, which was released today:
Now, as we prepare for the 2017 festival, we are faced with new and mounting concerns. Lawmakers in Texas and Kansas have taken steps toward enacting laws similar to HB2. And in his first few days in office, the 45th president has taken actions, such as the travel ban, that threaten our foundational beliefs and intimidate members of our diverse global network of thinkers and makers. But we are not afraid. We are not hateful. We are alive in our mission to bring the dream of a more equal society to all humans. We seek out facts, respect evidence-based science, and welcome a wide-open worldview. We believe this base of knowledge powers creativity, imagination, and innovation.
We stand with the millions who marched on January 21st in cities around the world for the rights of women. We fiercely support the march’s mission of standing “together, recognizing that defending the most marginalized among us is defending all of us.” We also stand with those who have been continuing to protest over the last few weeks. The intersectionality of those participating in these protests makes it clear that we cannot turn inwards, and we cannot exist solely for the individual. As said by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. while behind bars for protesting in Birmingham, AL, “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly.”
We are inspired by this movement and the spirit of those that came before it. The fight against inequality echoes our own mission to design radical instruments for change and reflects the legacy of Bob Moog, the inspiration behind Moogfest who believed that true innovation comes through collaboration, not exclusion. Moogfest is transformed, by the urgency of our times, and we invite you to keep marching with us into the future.
- Write to North Carolina politicians to share your love for the people of our state and your strong opposition to HB2 and other discriminatory laws. You can write your own or use this form from Equality NC or this form from Democracy.io
- Support the work of our allies at the ACLU of North Carolina and in other states around the country.
- Join us at Moogfest 2017 and attend the Protest Stage, a dedicated space for resistance. As one of our key themes this year, Protest will also be brought to life through workshops, installations, conversations, and masterclasses. We will stand in full accord with artists from various communities to collectively celebrate inclusivity and elevate the fight against discrimination here in North Carolina and across the world.
- Your friends at Moogfest
It's festivals like Moogfest that provide opportunities for us to make our voices heard amidst today's political turmoil. Speaking up and speaking out – and not being worried about your bottom line despite risks – have become more important than ever, and a platform to push for change will be a welcome sight this festival season.