Protest & Occupy Songs
Members of Occupella
Saturday, June 9, 2012, 3:00pm
Music 4 - Room #219

Occupella organizes informal public singing at Bay Area occupation sites, marches and at BART stations. They sing to promote peace, justice, and an end to corporate domination, especially in support of the Occupy movement. They're singing Occupella songs at Occupy Wall Street and in Glasgow, Scotland!

Members of the group will present a brief history of Occupella, then will pass out songs so people can sing along. The songs they'll share will have familiar melodies with words adapted to fit the current political climate. They encourage everyone to sing!

The group is the creation of Bay Area singers and cultural workers Hali Hammer, Betsy Rose, Nancy Schimmel, Bonnie Lockhart and Leslie Hassberg. Drawing on years of experience as singers in activist cultural groups such as the Freedom Song Network, Red Star Singers and Singing For Peace, Occupella carries forward a long tradition of communities singing in the face of injustice and promoting positive visions of a world of peace and inclusion. For their (free download!) songbook, calendar of singing events and other info, go to