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12:00am WIDE AWAKES DAY For Freedoms

ANNOUNCING WIDE AWAKES DAY 

OCTOBER 3, 2020 

REIMAGINING A FUTURE WORLD THROUGH RADICAL SELF-EMANCIPATION AND CREATIVE COLLABORATION 

RALLY TOWARDS ELECTION DAY AND BEYOND

Founded to promote abolitionist efforts and the candidacy of Abraham Lincoln, Wide Awakes re-emerge with a global grand procession on October 3, 2020 in the name of justice, liberation and artist sovereignty in a joy ride toward civic participation. 

 

 

September 23, 2020 – Wide Awakes are an open-source network who believe in the evolution of society and the power to radically reimagine the future through creative collaboration. On October 3, 2020 Wide Awakes will mobilize a global participatory gathering—taking place online and in processions throughout cities across the US and worldwide—to ignite civic engagement, spur public discourse, and inspire joy. 

 

Wide Awakes emerge where justice, democracy and welfare for all people are threatened. In 1860 a group of young abolitionists—disenchanted with older, partisan politicians—banded together and devised a radical plan to support abolitionist efforts. They adopted strategic actions to realize their goal. After presidential candidate Abraham Lincoln delivered a speech in Hartford, CT opposing slavery and advocating for workers’ rights newly-organized Wide Awakes accompanied Lincoln in a torchlight procession back to his hotel. Their organizing ingenuity impressed Lincoln who recognized the group as instrumental in inspiring young voters and catalyzing the agenda of abolition. On October 3, 1860—one month before the historic presidential election which ultimately made way for the abolition of slavery—Wide Awakes, then numbered in the thousands, marched across Northern cities to proclaim their mission. 

 

The Wide Awakes have resurfaced in 2020 as a decentralized movement driven by a network of critical voices. These voices—representing people of all ages, professions and cultural backgrounds—find solidarity in their quest for unity and lasting self-emancipation from greed, popular culture, systemic inequity. Wide Awakes form chapters across cities globally. In unison they reinvent the march of 1860 as a grand procession to that will activate across chapters. Wide Awakes proclaim open membership, professing, “All you need to do is ask questions, open your eyes, and jump in.Registration is available here.

 

Wide Awakes include activists Gina Belafonte; Angela Davis, Baz Dresinger, Jon Gray, Sol Guy, Tracey Ryan, and Mark Skidmore;  animator Lyndon Barrios; artists, Zoe Buckman, Wildcat Duke Riley, Ebony Brown, Rashid Johnson, Coby Kennedy, Yashua Klos, Miguel Luciano, Muna Malik, Christopher Meyers, Kambui Olujimi, Jose Parla, Michelle Pred, Deborah Willis, Hank Willis Thomas, and Carrie Mae Weems; co-Founder of For Freedoms Eric Gottesman; collaborator Marsha Reid; curators Rujeko Hockley, Amanda Hunt, Sarah Lewis, and Jasmine Wahi; fashion designers Anya Ayoung-Chee and Paula Crown; filmmakers Terence Nance, Caran Hartsfield and Naima Ramos-Chapman; musicians Tariq Trotter and Alicia Keys; producer Mecca Brooks; poet Aja Monet; and world builder, writer Tony Patrick

 

Early Wide Awakes crafted a specific visual identity. They wore oilcloth capes that visually unified members and eliminated a sense of hierarchy. Modern Wide Awakes don capes of vibrant patterns and African batik prints to express unity and joyful artistry. Capes also conjure valor and alignment with justice. The primary emblem of Wide Awakes is a single open eye—an icon that represents awakening and enlightenment.

 

Wide Awakes launched a Kickstarter campaign ahead of the procession, offering ponchos, pins, stickers, artworks by Shepherd Fairey, and an open invitation to allow any person to adopt the visual identity of a Wide Awake and join their mission.

 

Following Lincoln’s election, the Wide Awakes disbanded, believing they had accomplished their mission and not imagining the potential for continued achievements toward true emancipation. Modern Wide Awakes aspire toward a long-term shift in cultural consciousness and liberation of mind, body and spirit, extending beyond the presidential election. Wide Awakes define their ongoing mission as an “infinite game”, believing the campaign to achieve justice should never cease.

 

CALL TO TAKE ACTION

1. Plan your VOTE | Text AWAKE to 33339

2. Join in person be a superhero - (link to map with a start times and details below)

3. Join Virtually | (link to the livestream)

4. Make the Date | Create your own event wherever you are (link to programming suggestions)

 

 

OCTOBER 3, 2020 

WIDE AWAKES DAY has no official timing, locations or an end. The only rule is, it begins now. 

Show up when you are ready to play. 

 

NEW YORK find us 10/3 @wideawakes2020 

12PM Brooklyn Museum | Hosting a global meditation for Black Lives 

2 PM Guggenheim | Kicking off the Grand Procession and Parade 

Times Square     | A Positive Propaganda take over 

Joe’s Pub | Performances in collaboration with the Public Theater 

Washington Square Park | A second line will lead us in a candlelight vigil to 

Federal Hall | 

 

CHICAGO find us 10/3 @wideawakeschicago

Start time: 11:00 am to 2:00pm | A Family Affair at Anthony Overton Elementary School at 221 E. 49th Street in Bronzeville, Illinois 

 

LOS ANGELES find us 10/3 @wideawakes2020

 

WASHINGTON D.C. find us 10/3 @kindredarts 

 

Additional locations activations include: 

San Francisco, CA; Tokyo, Japan; New Orleans, LA; Billings, MO; Louisville, KY; Kansas City; London; Oakland CA; Milwaukee; Kentucky; Alabama; Concord, NH; Middle America; Raleigh, NC; Atlanta, GA; Cuba; Australia; Miami; Jacksonville; Philadelphia; Marfa, Texas and counting. 

 

 

12:00am WIDE AWAKES DAY

ANNOUNCING WIDE AWAKES DAY 

OCTOBER 3, 2020 

REIMAGINING A FUTURE WORLD THROUGH RADICAL SELF-EMANCIPATION AND CREATIVE COLLABORATION 

RALLY TOWARDS ELECTION DAY AND BEYOND

Founded to promote abolitionist efforts and the candidacy of Abraham Lincoln, Wide Awakes re-emerge with a global grand procession on October 3, 2020 in the name of justice, liberation and artist sovereignty in a joy ride toward civic participation. 

 

 

September 23, 2020 – Wide Awakes are an open-source network who believe in the evolution of society and the power to radically reimagine the future through creative collaboration. On October 3, 2020 Wide Awakes will mobilize a global participatory gathering—taking place online and in processions throughout cities across the US and worldwide—to ignite civic engagement, spur public discourse, and inspire joy. 

 

Wide Awakes emerge where justice, democracy and welfare for all people are threatened. In 1860 a group of young abolitionists—disenchanted with older, partisan politicians—banded together and devised a radical plan to support abolitionist efforts. They adopted strategic actions to realize their goal. After presidential candidate Abraham Lincoln delivered a speech in Hartford, CT opposing slavery and advocating for workers’ rights newly-organized Wide Awakes accompanied Lincoln in a torchlight procession back to his hotel. Their organizing ingenuity impressed Lincoln who recognized the group as instrumental in inspiring young voters and catalyzing the agenda of abolition. On October 3, 1860—one month before the historic presidential election which ultimately made way for the abolition of slavery—Wide Awakes, then numbered in the thousands, marched across Northern cities to proclaim their mission. 

 

The Wide Awakes have resurfaced in 2020 as a decentralized movement driven by a network of critical voices. These voices—representing people of all ages, professions and cultural backgrounds—find solidarity in their quest for unity and lasting self-emancipation from greed, popular culture, systemic inequity. Wide Awakes form chapters across cities globally. In unison they reinvent the march of 1860 as a grand procession to that will activate across chapters. Wide Awakes proclaim open membership, professing, “All you need to do is ask questions, open your eyes, and jump in.Registration is available here.

 

Wide Awakes include activists Gina Belafonte; Angela Davis, Baz Dresinger, Jon Gray, Sol Guy, Tracey Ryan, and Mark Skidmore;  animator Lyndon Barrios; artists, Zoe Buckman, Wildcat Duke Riley, Ebony Brown, Rashid Johnson, Coby Kennedy, Yashua Klos, Miguel Luciano, Muna Malik, Christopher Meyers, Kambui Olujimi, Jose Parla, Michelle Pred, Deborah Willis, Hank Willis Thomas, and Carrie Mae Weems; co-Founder of For Freedoms Eric Gottesman; collaborator Marsha Reid; curators Rujeko Hockley, Amanda Hunt, Sarah Lewis, and Jasmine Wahi; fashion designers Anya Ayoung-Chee and Paula Crown; filmmakers Terence Nance, Caran Hartsfield and Naima Ramos-Chapman; musicians Tariq Trotter and Alicia Keys; producer Mecca Brooks; poet Aja Monet; and world builder, writer Tony Patrick

 

Early Wide Awakes crafted a specific visual identity. They wore oilcloth capes that visually unified members and eliminated a sense of hierarchy. Modern Wide Awakes don capes of vibrant patterns and African batik prints to express unity and joyful artistry. Capes also conjure valor and alignment with justice. The primary emblem of Wide Awakes is a single open eye—an icon that represents awakening and enlightenment.

 

Wide Awakes launched a Kickstarter campaign ahead of the procession, offering ponchos, pins, stickers, artworks by Shepherd Fairey, and an open invitation to allow any person to adopt the visual identity of a Wide Awake and join their mission.

 

Following Lincoln’s election, the Wide Awakes disbanded, believing they had accomplished their mission and not imagining the potential for continued achievements toward true emancipation. Modern Wide Awakes aspire toward a long-term shift in cultural consciousness and liberation of mind, body and spirit, extending beyond the presidential election. Wide Awakes define their ongoing mission as an “infinite game”, believing the campaign to achieve justice should never cease.

 

CALL TO TAKE ACTION

1. Plan your VOTE | Text AWAKE to 33339

2. Join in person be a superhero - (link to map with a start times and details below)

3. Join Virtually | (link to the livestream)

4. Make the Date | Create your own event wherever you are (link to programming suggestions)

 

 

OCTOBER 3, 2020 

WIDE AWAKES DAY has no official timing, locations or an end. The only rule is, it begins now. 

Show up when you are ready to play. 

 

NEW YORK find us 10/3 @wideawakes2020 

12PM Brooklyn Museum | Hosting a global meditation for Black Lives 

2 PM Guggenheim | Kicking off the Grand Procession and Parade 

Times Square     | A Positive Propaganda take over 

Joe’s Pub | Performances in collaboration with the Public Theater 

Washington Square Park | A second line will lead us in a candlelight vigil to 

Federal Hall | 

 

CHICAGO find us 10/3 @wideawakeschicago

Start time: 11:00 am to 2:00pm | A Family Affair at Anthony Overton Elementary School at 221 E. 49th Street in Bronzeville, Illinois 

 

LOS ANGELES find us 10/3 @wideawakes2020

 

WASHINGTON D.C. find us 10/3 @kindredarts 

 

Additional locations activations include: 

San Francisco, CA; Tokyo, Japan; New Orleans, LA; Billings, MO; Louisville, KY; Kansas City; London; Oakland CA; Milwaukee; Kentucky; Alabama; Concord, NH; Middle America; Raleigh, NC; Atlanta, GA; Cuba; Australia; Miami; Jacksonville; Philadelphia; Marfa, Texas and counting. 

 

 

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