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Last weekend was a successful whirlwind of youth events. One of the major events being the Emma’s Revolution concert which attracted nearly 200 people to help the youth raise funds to travel to Phoenix, Arizona for the annual UUA General Assembly, focused on Justice this year. We reached our goal fundraising goal and made a whopping $1800.00 on the night of the concert in ticket and refreshment sales.
In fact the concert was so successful, it made into the Virginia Connection Newspapers in their article titled, Activist Folk Duo Performs Benefit Concert! Below are some snippets from the article mentioning Youth Group advisor Joy Cobb and the Youth Group.
"Sandy O and Humphries are Unitarian Universalists themselves, and have attended several General Assembly gatherings. This is how one of the youth advisers for UUCA's youth groups, Joy Cobb, met them eight years ago. "I met them at the General Assembly when I was in Texas," Cobb said, "and I heard them perform and just fell in love with them and then had them come and do fundraisers at some other locations." Friday's concert centered on the bullying of undocumented people in the community, an issue the youth group has focused its efforts on for the past year and one Cobb said fits the focus the General Assembly will have on immigration. Cobb also said that the subject of bullying initially arose because of suicides by GLBT youth. As lesbians, Sandy O and Humphries have had to get married in a number of states."
"According to Cobb, this year's General Assembly will have more of a focus on work within the community. The youth group will help register voters and make meals for people who are standing witness or doing work the youth may not be allowed to participate in because of their age. The General Assembly is in Phoenix, Ariz., June 20-24."
I want to thank the advisors involved in planning this GA youth trip, Joy Cobb, Maggie Clayton and Jacomina De Regt in helping pull off a fantastic event and reaching our fundraising goal. Also, I want to thank all the UUCA Youth and Young Adults who helped pull this event together!!!!!!!!!!!!
We additionally collected money for the Katie Tyson Fund at the end of the concert, as a tribute to the young adult who died on her way back from the Salt Lake City General Assembly in 2009. The Katie Tyson fund helps young adults and youth attend GA and provides other UU opportunities. Thanks to Rev. Linda for tying this important tribute into the concert.