Bands like Bruce Springsteen and Pearl Jam made the headlines for cancelling shows in North Carolina, out of protest for the state’s newly-passed HB2 “bathroom bill.” The show cancellations have been important in creating a dialogue about this discriminatory policy, though it isn’t the first time rock stars have used their platform to speak out on political issues. Rock and roll itself is a genre founded on defiance, and these protests fit snugly in the long historical discourse of music.Interestingly, an unlikely musician has also joined the fight against HB2: Itzhak Perlman. Classical musicians aren’t often thought of as political figures, which makes Perlman’s words all the stronger. In a statement, Perlman wrote that he is “a vocal advocate for treating all people equally,” and cancelled a scheduled performance with the North Carolina Symphony out of protest for the bill.You can read his statement below:As my fans know, I have spent a lifetime advocating against discrimination towards those with physical disabilities and have been a vocal advocate for treating all people equally. As such, after great consideration, I have decided to cancel my May 18th concert in North Carolina with the North Carolina Symphony as a stand against House Bill 2. As Attorney General Loretta Lynch recently stated, HB2 “is about a great deal more than just bathrooms. [It] is about the dignity and respect we accord our fellow citizens.” I couldn’t agree more and will look forward to returning to North Carolina when this discriminatory law is repealed.You can also watch Perlman talk about the decision on MSNBC.We’re with you, Itzhak.
THE eight cricket teams of Guyana’s leading youth and sports organisation, the Rose Hall Town Youth and Sports Club MS continues to assist their counterparts from other cricket clubs under their personal development programme.The latest clubs to benefit are the Enterprise Busta Sports Club of East Coast Demerara andClinton Pestano presents donation to a representative of Enterprise CC.the Skeldon Community Centre Cricket Club.Both cricket clubs received three trophies and six medals each to assist them to organise a cricket tournament for teams in their respective areas with the main aim of promoting the Say No/Say Yes message to youths.The Club Secretary/CEO Hilbert Foster stated that the RHTY&SC is quite passionate about assisting others to achieve and enjoy the same success as it does. The RHTY&SC MS, despite all of its efforts and passion, would be unable to reach youths in all of Guyana and as such needs the assistance of its sister clubs to promote the Say No/Say Yes message.Under the highly successful campaign, the eight cricket teams encourage youths to Say NO to Drugs, Suicide, Crime, Alcohol and YES to Education, Life, Sports and Religion.The RHTY&SC, Foster noted, is the only sports club in Guyana that has a programme to assist fellow clubs and for this year alone, dozens of clubs and sportsmen/women have benefited from over $4M worth of trophies, medals and other items to assist them to fulfil their respective mandates.The club in April assisted 12 cricket clubs with over $1.5M worth of cricket balls, bats and stumps while a total of 62 schools, clubs, NGOs and churches have benefited from donations of trophies, medals and prizes.Additionally 22 young sportsmen and women have received individual donation of gear, footwear, educational materials and finance under the RHTY&SC MS ‘Dare to Dream’ and ‘We Care’ Programmes.Meanwhile the RHTY&SC also donated trophies, medals, hand towels and a $18 000 bicycle to the East Bank Football Association (EBFA) for the hosting of a football tournament for females on the East Bank of Demerara, vice-president Mark Papannah, who has direct responsibilities for the RHTY&SC, saidOutreach programme stated that the club has reached out to other clubs in seven of the ten regions in Guyana and would continue to do so in the future.Papannah disclosed that the RHTY&SC would be assisting over 20 cricket clubs with sports gear, especially balls, after the hosting of the Patron’s Cup in July. Balls would be distributed to clubs as part of a widespread effort to assist them to develop the cricketing skills of youths.Among the clubs expected to benefit are Bush Lot Rising Star, Blairmont, Police, Edinburgh, Tucber Park, Young Warriors, Courtland, Fyrish, Chesney, Whim, Young and Restless, Skeldon and Upper Corentyne.