Activism in New Paltz: Urban Lyrics / Fahari-Libertad

Name

Urban Lyrics

What They Do

Urban Lyrics empowers the voices of students of color through poetry and by providing a space for students to use their art to control the way their own story is told. Ever since January of 2011, members of Urban Lyrics have been using spoken word, song and rap to creatively and innovatively voice personal and cultural truths, as well as truths of systemic oppression. The group identifies as “not just a spoken word team, but a lyrical family. A movement in which art is at its essence.”

How to Get Involved

At the beginning of each year, students can audition to be part of Urban Lyrics. Until then, students can attend their next event which will be a showcase performance and open mic night on Dec. 16 at First Village Coffee.

Who to Contact

Follow Urban Lyrics on Instagram at                         @UrbanLyricsNP or email them at urban.lyrics.newpaltz@gmail.com. You can also visit their website at http://uluknow.weebly.com/contact.html.

Name

Fahari-Libertad

What They Do

Fahari-Libertad is a publication that aims to “seek knowledge, truth and unity through printing the authentic narratives of oppressed people.” Each issue has a focused theme and anyone is welcome to submit a piece that correlates with an aspect of the theme in order to possibly be part of the publication. A central goal of the publication is to inspire cultural and spiritual unity and understanding by culminating a body of work including the stories of people from diverse backgrounds and then sharing it with the general public so that people can gain knowledge, empathy and inspiration from it.

How to Get Involved

The current issue is themed “The Black Woman.” Copies are available in the SUB and in residence halls. Grab a copy and learn more about the experiences of the Black woman as told through the voices of people around you.

Who to Contact

Follow Fahari-Libertad on Instagram at @The_Fahari_Libertad for updates about upcoming events and send inquiries and submissions to faharilibertad@gmail.com.

Amayah Spence
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Amayah Spence is a second-year psychology major with a journalism minor. This is her first semester on The Oracle. Last year she was a writer for The Daily Free Press while she attended Boston University. She loves writing feature profiles and news articles.