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Thursday, July 23, 2009

SouthWest Organizing Project Presents: Rock Out!

From SouthWest Organizing Project (SWOP): SWOP is sponsoring a FREE, all-ages youth event called "Rock Out" on Saturday, August 1st, at Washington Middle School Park, 1101 Park Ave SW, in Albuquerque (map) from 3:00 to 7:00 PM.

"The youth in Albuquerque," said Chris Martin, 11th Grade Cibola High School student, "are usually shown in a certain light or one point of view, and the point that we are trying to get across is that the youth in this city are talented and resourceful and we do have an important voice."

This event will celebrate youth, their talents, and their skills while providing them with resources they need to become successful adults. Youth will compete for cash and prizes in a Break-Dancing Battle, a Battle of the Bands, a Poetry Slam and an Art Showcase.

Stage One will have music performed live by local youth talent. Stage Two will hold the Poetry Slam. Stage Three will hold the B-Boy/B-Girl Break-Dance Battle and a gallery will showcase the "Fashion Your Future" themed Art Showcase! At the same time representatives from a variety of organizations, schools, and programs will be available to provide information and resources to the youth such as Young Women United, YDI Mentoring Initiative, Equality New Mexico, Forum for Youth in the Community, and others.

If you require any additional information please contact SWOP at 247-8832 or by fax at (505)247-9972 or email the any questions to Emma Sandoval at

The SouthWest Organizing is a non-profit, community-based, membership organization. Our mission is to empower the disenfranchised in the Southwest to realize racial and gender equality; and social and economic justice. We believe in the rights of people to determine their own future, and participate directly in decisions that affect their lives. We understand that the only way that we can confront the challenges facing our communities is to organize ourselves and build strong local, statewide, and regional organizations. Contact Emma Sandoval at 247-8832 ext. 123 for more information.

July 23, 2009 at 10:01 AM in Arts, Children and Families, Events, Local Politics, Music, Youth | Permalink