I first learned about the Freedom Concert concept on the Facebook page of advertising guru Valerie Graves, whose newly published memoir, "Pressure Makes Diamonds" has nearly sold out on Amazon (I ordered my copy from its publisher, Akashic Books). Ms. Graves, in turn, mentioned that she learned it from another person.
A day or two later, Berkeley and formerly Harvard professor as well as political commentator Robert Reich, who served in the administrations of Presidents Gerald Ford and Jimmy Carter, and was Secretary of Labor under President Clinton, blew the idea up on Facebook.
Here it is: The Trump people are upset that the only musicians willing to perform at the Trump inauguration are Kid Rock and Ted Nugent. Someone just suggested to me a televised "freedom concert" to air at the same time as the inauguration -- with huge celebrities like Beyoncé and Jay Z, Madonna, Katy Perry, Justin Timberlake, Lady Gaga, Bruce Springsteen, and so on. Alec Baldwin MC’s the event, playing Trump as he does on SNL.Presto. The Trump inauguration loses all the TV ratings. Basically, no one watches it. Even better, the proceeds of the freedom concert go to the ACLU, Planned Parenthood, Lambda Legal, NAACP, Common Cause, CAIR, IRAP, SPLC, Environmental Defense Fund, Human Rights Campaign Fund, MoveOn, Economic Policy Institute, Inequality Media, and GLAAD. What do you think?A majority of Americans (as well as countries around the world) dread/abhor/deplore the thought of Trump's presidential inauguration on January 20 (aka Biggest Mistake Ever).
Nobody knows yet whether the FREEDOM CONCERT – to coincide and compete with the inauguration for ratings - will materialize. This unprecedented, to-be-legendary event, to take place in Miami on January 20, would feature superstars like Jay Z, Madonna, Katy Perry, Justin Timberlake, Lady Gaga, and Bruce Springsteen, with Alec Baldwin (who beyond irks Trump by aping him on TV's Saturday Night Live) as the master of ceremonies. Look for it on YouTube.
I’d like to mention that the Women's March on Washington is scheduled and hopefully, will draw over a million women to a peaceful protest in Washington, D.C. on January 21. God watch over them, please. An article,"Women's March on Washington: a guide to the post-inaugural social justice event", appeared in the Guardian.
But will it happen? A Snopes-denied poster of the concert started circulating this week. It looks like it’s gaining momentum. But in an article in the Miami New Times “Is an Anti-Trump Inauguration Day Concert coming to Miami?", columnist Ciara Lavelle summed up that what with the logistics of organizing the concert, finding a venue, selling tickets, security, and more, it’s hard to be optimistic. For me, the word is hopeful.