Drum Corps International to kick off Summer Tour at Ford Field

The Blue Stars, one of the six competing corps appearing in tomorrow’s Drum Corps International Tour Premiere at Ford Field in Detroit, Michigan, were featured on local station WXYZ-TV Channel 7 to hype up the event.

Why celebrating Juneteenth is more important now than ever  – Vox

In many ways, Juneteenth represents how freedom and justice in the US has always been delayed for black people. The decades after the end of the war would see a wave of lynching, imprisonment, and Jim Crow laws take root. What followed was the disproportionate impact of mass incarceration, discriminatory housing policies, and a lack of economic investment. And now, as national attention remain focused on acts of police violence and various racial profiling incidents, it is clear that while progress has been made in black America’s 150 years out of bondage, considerable barriers continue to impede that progress.

— Read on www.vox.com/platform/amp/identities/2018/6/19/17476482/juneteenth-holiday-emancipation-african-american-celebration-history

LGBTQ protections advance in Medina – Medina Gazette

My home town gets it.

Ordinance 541.08 amended the codified ordinance of the city to prohibit intimidation on the basis of sex, gender identity or expression, or sexual orientation.

Ordinance 717 prohibits discriminatory conduct on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity or expression.

Until these ordinances are approved, it remains legal to evict people from their homes or fire them from their jobs simply because they want to.

— Read on www.medina-gazette.com/Medina-County/2019/06/18/LGBTQ-protections-advance-in-Medina.html

Concentration Camps Expert Andrea Pitzer: The Trump Administration Is Running Camps at the Southern Border

If you’re not pushing back, you are part of the problem.

“The more authoritarian the regime is, and the more people allow governments to get away with doing this sort of thing politically, the worse the conditions are likely to get,” Hyslop says. “So, a lot of it depends on how much pushback there is. But when you get a totally authoritarian regime like Stalin’s regime in the Soviet Union, there’s no control, or no countervailing force, the state can do what it likes, and certainly things will then tend to break down.

“It’s more of a political question, really. Are people prepared to tolerate the deteriorating conditions? And if public opinion isn’t effective in a liberal democratic situation, things can still get pretty bad.”

— Read on www.esquire.com/news-politics/amp27813648/concentration-camps-southern-border-migrant-detention-facilities-trump/

2019 Innovations In Brass – North Canton

It’s the first live show of my 2019 drum corps season, not just as a fan but also as a performer! The 2019 edition of Innovations in Brass – Akron Massillon North Canton will take place at 7:30 PM Eastern on Saturday, June 22, at Memorial Stadium on the campus of Hoover High School in North Canton, Ohio.

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2019 DCI Tour Premiere Cinecast

At last, our long national drum corps drought is about to end.

Once again, the Drum Corps International summer tour begins with the DCI Tour Premiere, broadcast to theaters across the United States and officially starting the 2019 drum corps season.

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