Hootenanny stands as a community united for peace and justice, committed to welcoming and protecting people of all colors, genders, religions and sexual orientations, and protecting the earth for our children and their children’s children. We host Hootenanny activism events from organizing to fund raising, and are available to work in collaboration with the community. Please reach out with your inspiration and ideas. We are very proud of our work as a community so far.
Join us Friday September 20th at 11:50 at Hoot to join the Global Climate Strike!
All Hands On Deck! Come on out and support our children's need for a sustainable future in the face of Climate Change.
We are joining up with 350brooklyn.org to participate in the GLOBAL CLIMATE STRIKE, this Friday September 20th.
We are meeting at 11:50am at Hootenanny (right after Pete's last morning class). We'll then proceed as a group to the subway to meet up with the good people of the 350brooklyn.org group at Columbus Park, in downtown Manhattan, where Pete will lead a sing-along to get everyone in the mood...then off to Foley Square to join the youth-led family march for Climate Justice.
To those of you who have reservations about bringing kids to the march or have never been to one, please know that we all watch out for one another, and you are obligated to stay only as long as is comfortable.
These youth marches for Climate justice will be happening all around the world, and we need to make our voices heard, and as we all well know, our kids can be pretty loud! So lets put those voices to good use! Join us for the Youth March for Climate Justice, Friday 9/20!
Martin Luther King Jr. Day Sing Along and Fund Raiser for Southern Poverty Law Center, Monday, January 21st, 11am
Hootenanny Art House, 428 15th Street
Please join us to celebrate the legacy of Dr Martin Luther King Jr.
Pete and Special Guests will lead songs of the Civil Rights Movement as well as originals and other favorites that inspire us and our children to rise up. As Dr. King taught, "The arc of the moral universe is long but it bends towards justice." Let's sing out in remembrance, celebration, and commitment to honor and see through Dr King's vision!
$20 suggested donation will go to the Southern Poverty Law Center. No RSVP needed. Our Sing Alongs can get crowded. Strollers will be left outside and we will do our best to get everyone in out of the cold!
Join us January 13th, 2019, 4:30 pm for Climate Change Discussion and Presentation at Hootenanny Art House
This year we have committed to begin to address Climate Change in different ways. There will be songs and dances and much more to come but this Sunday our good friends David White, of Right Environments and Anya Kamenetz, author, NPR blogger, have reached out with this great opportunity for adults to gather together in community to support each other in our fears and to start brainstorming what we can all do!
Daniel Pinchbeck, an acclaimed author (Breaking Open The Head, 2012) and organizer (Evolver Movement), will join us to speak about Extinction Rebellion, a movement planning a day of direct action in the city January 26.
We'll also be talking about other opportunities and choices like limiting air travel, purchasing land, installing renewable energy, disaster preparedness, investments and charitable contributions, career changes, etc. And about the emotions and internal responses this is bringing up for people--confrontations with mortality, spirituality, and childrearing questions for example.
We hope you'll join us.
OCTOBER 18th, 2018 POSTCARD WRITING!
Thursday October 18th we hosted postcards for change in November! We focused on Florida's Amendment 4 and Georgia's race for Governor!
This November 6th, the ballot in Florida will include Amendment 4 which will, if passed, restore the eligibility to vote to Floridians who have served their time and completed all terms of their sentence as ordered by a judge – including parole, probation, and restitution. The amendment specifically excludes those individuals who have committed murder or a felony sexual offense. Florida’s system for restoring a person’s eligibility to vote is broken. Amendment 4 takes important steps towards fixing it. Current law imposes a difficult process to restore an individual’s eligibility to vote which is why Amendment 4 is so important.
In Georgia, Stacey Abrams would be the first Black woman elected governor in our nation’s 241-year history. Her victory will be the quintessential manifestation of leadership that reflects an increasingly diverse populace in the South and across the country. We know that by electing strong leaders who have a vision and commitment to strengthening and investing in police departments, school systems, infrastructure projects and economic development we can change the landscape of our largest urban centers and help Black women, their families and communities thrive.
SING-ALONG TO SUPPORT YOUR FAVORITE NOVEMBER 6th CHANGE MAKERS!
October 13th we SANG and raised money to support Progressive Organizations and Candidates. Organizations included www.emilyslist.org, www.higherheightsforamerica.org, Beto O’Rourke, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. We sang some songs of Peace, Justice and Love, and threw in some Willie Nelson (‘cause Texas can do better!) for good measure! We raised just shy of $500 plus another $500 in Hoot t-shirt sales over the week.
MAY 20, 2018
A CONCERT TO SUPPORT MOMS DEMAND ACTION AT THE BELL HOUSE
On May 20th, 2018 we returned to the Bell House for a concert to support Moms Demand Action. Pete Sinjin was joined by Nikolai Moderbacher, Mary Spencer Knapp and a band of amazing musicians .Hannah led art activities and food was donated from Fletcher's BBQ, Colson and Ample Hills. We raised $2500.
Activist Coffee Hour:
From March through May 2017 we hosted Activist Coffee Hour at Hootenanny. Activist Coffee Hour was a time for everyone to come by and PARTICIPATE. There were postcards available to write, scripts for calling, petitions to sign. Depending on the issues at hand we tried to find the most accessible and valuable ways to participate. We hosted special guests including Justin Krebs from MoveOn and human rights Professor Conor Gearty.
Activist Art Pop-Up Shops and Cocktail Parties:
On March 6th and June 4th 2017 we gathered for Activist Art Pop-Up Shops and Cocktail Parties at Hootenanny! We raised over $3000 with our great community of artists. Friends and neighbors- Meg of Love and Victory, Hootenanny Pete, The Good Riot and many more sold their t's, postcards, linocuts, cocktail glasses and more. Profits went to ACLU, 350.org and Planned Parenthood.
The Small but MIGHTY Hootenanny:
On January 14th 2017 we joined together for The Small but MIGHTY Hootenanny, a visionary songfest to celebrate Peace, Justice and Love. The Bell House donated their space and Pete Sinjin and his incredible band of Riley McMahon, Steve Curtis, Mike Davis, Susie Greenebaum and Matt Feik donated their time. Hannah led art for the kids and Kira led the Small but Mighty Hootenanny Dancers in their dance to "All You Fascists Are Bound To Lose!" Fletcher's BBQ, Colson Bakery, and 4&20 Blackbirds donated food. Photographer Whitney Kidder donated her time and took amazing pictures! Over $5000 was raised for the ACLU, the IRC and 350.org.
Week of Action
November 28th through December 2nd 2016 we held our Week of Action at Hootenanny. We hosted a range of activities and donated all the money to the ACLU, Planned Parenthood, Standing Rock and the Southern Poverty Law Center. $3500 was raised and donated to ACLU, Planned Parenthood, Standing Rock, 350.org, and the Southern Poverty Law center. All Hootenanny teachers and parents volunteered their time! We extend our deep gratitude to Steve Curtis, Nikolai Moderbacher, Hannah Levinson, Sarah Jackson, Anath Benais, Jackie Wolff, Rana Rines, Spencer, Kerville Cosmos Jack, Norlan Jackson, Stephen Taylor and Whitney Kidder!
POST ELECTION SING ALONG
On Sunday November 13th 2017, just days after the election we instinctively gathered together to sing. We collected money and raised $1400 for the ACLU, Planned Parenthood, Black Lives Matter, and Standing Rock. We supported each other and joined together in a spirit of hope and activism.