We have partnered with Colorado Immigrant Rights Coalition. CIRC was founded in 2002 to improve the lives of immigrants and refugees by making Colorado a more welcoming, immigrant-friendly state. CIRC achieves this mission through non-partisan civic engagement, public education, and advocating for workable, fair and humane immigration policies. CIRC envisions a society in which all people are treated with dignity and respect and have equal access to fair and just work, housing, health care, and education and the opportunity to live united with family members. Funds raised from music sales and concert revenue will be donated to CIRC.
The quartet was conceived after an elevator ride with Angela Davis, whom I briefly met while attending a workshop for my day job. I had already been thinking about forming an ensemble, and now at the same time, my thoughts were occupied with issues of equity and social justice. As the elevator doors opened, I wanted to say something smart or important, but the best that I came up with was "paternalism is not progressive," which sort of made sense in the context of a speech we had both just endured. I cringed at my failed attempt to connect with Ms. Davis and continued on with my day. As I began considering names for my new ensemble it didn't take long for me to happen upon The Equity and Social Justice Quartet. Our first project was for Homeless Children's Network in San Francisco. The quartet is dedicated to raising awareness, and when possible funds, for non-profit and community organizations dedicated to equity and social justice.
Glenn Nitta & Paul Riola, saxophones
Jay Ellis, drums
Markus Hunt, bass