Sing with Occupella
Occupella organizes informal public singing at Bay Area occupation sites, marches and at BART stations. We sing to promote peace, justice, and an end to corporate domination, especially in support of the Occupy movement and the environment.
Music has the power to build spirit, foster a sense of unity, convey messages and emotions, spread information, and bring joy to participants and audience alike. See spirited clip of an action at BART. Check out the actions calendar and come add your voice. There are lots of ways to participate and everyone is welcome.
If you can talk you can sing.
Not in the Bay Area? We encourage you to make use of our online songbook and start a branch of Occupella in your community. And let us know what happens. We’ll post reports to this site.
We have an extensive online songbook of singable parodies, rewrites and traditional songs and some original songs written for OWS. Click on the “Song Book” button in the left column and select a song book category. Look for links for downloadable versions near the top of each song. Use our Contact page form to suggest more songs to add to our site.
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.
Reject & Protect U-wi-ta (Coming Together) a new music video from our New England songwriter friend, Sarah Pirtle: This song and vivid photos tell the story of the powerful gathering of the Cowboy and Indian Alliance last April in Washington Dc.
We Need A Green In the White House by Hali Hammer, Randy Berge, Jimmy Kelly and Carol Habercross. Feel free to write new verses and send them to firstname.lastname@example.org