March 26, 2019 By Laura Hanrahan
Karaoke enthusiasts will be able to sing against fascism and xenophobia at a punk rock-themed fundraiser this Friday night.
The community event will be held in East Williamsburg at Pine Box Rock Shop, located at 12 Grattan St., from 8:30 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. on March 29. Singers will be able to choose songs from an extensive catalogue of punk-rock music, including hits by The Clash, The Ramones, Joy Division, Pixies and many more.
The event is being put on by Punk Rock Karaoke Collective, an organization that hosts fundraisers across the country for grassroots political and community organizations. In addition to the New York City chapter, the group also operates in Chicago, Oakland and Pittsburgh.
Proceeds from the karaoke night will go to Action Against Fascism & Xenophobia, an organization that supports community-based opposition to fascism and xenophobia. The money will be used to help individuals facing legal and medical issues from their activism.
The Greenpoint, Williamsburg and Bushwick areas have seen an increasing number of xenophobic hate crimes over the past year—particularly crimes against Jewish people and establishments.
Earlier this month, an unknown vandal wrote the words “Die, Jew Bitch!” with a swastika drawn below on a poster promoting the book “The Unstoppable Ruth Bader Ginsburg: American Icon.”
On Nov. 25, a 9-year-old Jewish boy was repeatedly punched at the corner of Throop Avenue and Walton Street. Five days later, a Hasidic Jewish man was attacked just one block away, being punched in the head by an unknown assailant.
In February, two vandals smashed in the front window of a Bushwick synagogue.
Attendees of the karaoke event must be 21 years of age and over. For more information, visit the event page on Facebook.