Dialogue is important. Every great movement, law, and revolution throughout history started with a conversation. After all, you can't change the world without getting on the same page.
That's part of the philosophy behind this weekend's All Access Miami, a concert centered on the topic of abortion.
It's part of a nationwide network of events and concerts brought to you by the All Access Coalition, an organization that, according to its website, aims to unite "people of all ages, racial and gender identities to expand our access to abortion and celebrate our collective power."
That will be this weekend's goal, but don't expect some stuffy lecture. This, after all, is still a party. And no party is complete without some music.
Luckily, Afrobeta, Jahfe, the Delou Africa Drum and Dance Emsemble, Nik Rye, Terese "Chunky" Hill, and more have stepped up to the plate to provide a soundtrack.
“The reaction that I got from the artists was pure joy. They're just excited to be a part of it," Angelica Ramirez, coordinator of the Miami event, told us in an interview this week. "None of them have said no because they don't agree. It’s been all positive."
Volunteers and professionals at the event will be on hand to answer any question — in Spanish, Creole, or American Sign Language — a person might have about abortion in South Florida. And, of course, admission to the event is free as long as you sign up with you email address at allaccess2016.com (click the black box at the top of the site that says "free tickets").
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