CHANGE THE VIBRATION.
CHANGE THE WORLD.
ABOUT US /
Rhythm for Change is committed to bringing about positive change through the therapeutic art of drumming.
UPCOMING EVENTS /
SEPTEMBER 5, 11-12PM
Library Park, El Segundo
UPDATE: Please note the details of our planned demonstration have changed and we will no longer be renting drums. Rhythm for Change will reach out to you to process a refund, if you already a purchased a ticket. Hope to see you tomorrow - remember to bring your signs!
HUMMING FOR BLACK LIVES
Join us this Saturday in Library Park in peaceful protest to honor all Black lives wrongfully killed by police, most recently Dijon Kizzee in nearby South L.A. who was shot almost 20 times by sheriff deputies after being stopped on his bicycle. And to rally support for Jacob Blake who's now paralyzed after a police officer shot him seven times in the back in front of his children as he entered his car.
Unfortunately, some of our fellow residents are adamantly against our efforts to make El Segundo a more welcoming place for Black people. They demanded that the city prohibit our protest because they believe honoring Black lives via a peaceful drum circle – one of the most sacred and traditional forms of protest, particularly in Black culture – is nothing more than a “concert in the park”.
It is infinitely perverse for those who oppress to then have the audacity to dictate what form of protest they deem acceptable or not. It’s also worth reminding that slave owners banned drums from enslaved Black Americans, out of concern that the unifying power of the instrument would lead to rebellion.
The El Segundo Police Department has since informed us that our drum circle would be in violation of county ordinance if we proceed as planned. While they can take away our drums, they cannot take away our voices. Whether we be drumming or humming, we will not be silent, and we will not back down. So, we’ll hum. We’ll chant. We'll meditate. And united, we will stand together against police brutality determined to beat systemic racism while creating a peaceful rhythm for change.