Circus fundraiser for Pioneer Valley Workers Center May 18

  • Local youth activist group, Youth Rise Together, is putting on a circus fundraiser Saturday to benefit the Pioneer Valley Workers Center on Saturday. Most performers come from the two circus schools, NECCA in Brattleboro and SHOW in Easthampton. Here is the Youth Troupe Express. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

Staff Writer
Published: 5/15/2019 5:06:54 PM

MONTAGUE — Local youth activist group, Youth Rise Together, is putting on a circus fundraiser to benefit the Pioneer Valley Workers Center on Saturday.

Youth Rise Together is an entirely youth-led and run organization, founded in 2017 by Larkin Christie and Gabbi Perry. Its mission is “to empower youth in the Pioneer Valley to resist hate and create political and social change.”

With members from towns as south as Holyoke and as north as Colrain, the group decided to host its second fundraiser to benefit the center because the group “recognizes the importance of this campaign and the other work they do and are proud to be holding a fundraiser to benefit the organization,” according to a press release.

This is the second fundraiser by the group, according to member 18-year-old Catta Jones.

“Our first fundraiser was for Planned Parenthood, but we wanted to do something that would have an impact on Pioneer Valley,” Jones said. “We liked the (Pioneer Valley Workers Center) because there are a lot of immigrants and farm workers and this group do great work supporting and protecting peoples’ rights.”

The Pioneer Valley Workers Center helps both documented and undocumented immigrants find work and create stable lives in this area. The Workers Center also provides assistance with essentials in their everyday lives such as transportation, housing and food.

Currently, the Pioneer Valley Workers Center is focusing on a driver’s license campaign to protect all Massachusetts residents by allowing anyone (documented and undocumented) to go through the process of getting a driver's license.

Circus for Change consists of two one-hour performances with youth performers from western Massachusetts. 

Most performers come from the two circus schools, NECCA in Brattleboro and SHOW in Easthampton. All performers are under 20 and many have been training for as long as a decade. There will be acts featuring solo and partner acrobatics, hand-balancing, contortion, trapeze, aerial silks and more.

There will be two shows at 1 and 4 p.m. They will take place at 2 North St. in Montague.

Tickets are $12 for adults and $8 for children 12 and under. Children aged 4 and under are free. Tickets are available at https://circusforchange.brownpapertickets.com/ and at the door.

Reach Melina Bourdeau at mbourdeau@recorder.com or 413-772-0261 ext. 263.




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