A Raised Fist & A Helping Hand

#WSO2018 is coming!


Great to see #WSO2018 underway already, and the help getting out there to people who need it.
Our weekend is set for October 5th, 6th and 7th and any gigs you can add over that weekend (or as close as you can) will be very VERY welcome. New t-shirts and merch will be along over the next couple of months, and, as ever, if you see a We Shall Overcome post on social media please share it. Let’s make Facebook and Twitter work for us. The more we use the hashtag #WSO2018 and the more we use the We Shall Overcome 2018 group to report where we are with our various activities, the more the algorithms work in our favour, so please remember that and click ‘Share’.
One of our primary objectives when we set off with this three years ago, was for it to eventually take on a life of its own. We understand that people are used to festivals, charity events and the like being rigid and laid out for you; and that WSO being none of that made it a big leap of imagination for some; but this was designed as a genuine People’s Movement of street-level, grassroots initiatives put together by good folk who realised their own power to change things. It is YOURS to run with and WSO is only limited by the extent of our collected imaginations. In short, take that logo and use it. Make the world a better place whenever and wherever you can.
I say it often, but EVERY gig counts. If you only raise 50p, that 50p matters. No gesture is insignificant. The fact that you put on that gig, put your town on the map, and stood in solidarity with the 775 other WSO events that have taken place since October 2015, MATTERS. You were there. You have our admiration and our respect, because when it mattered you didn’t stay silent, you stood up and you tried.
No gesture is insignificant because when you add them all together they become something very significant indeed; something built by thousands of us, together, because we gave a damn.
That is We Shall Overcome.
Let’s do it again.
-Joe Solo (26th April 2018)

Author: Matt Hill Songwriter

Storytelling singer-songwriter and community artist who offers a British take on folk and Americana. Formerly known by the stage name Quiet Loner. Recent projects include a songwriting residency in a museum, an album co-written with people at a homeless project and a stint as a resident musician in a prison.

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