Steamboat bands headline Jamnesty fundraiser
May 1, 2012
Steamboat Springs — It was the uprisings throughout the Middle East during the Arab Spring that first inspired Steamboat resident Molly Goldberg to get involved with the Amnesty International Club at Colorado Mountain College's Alpine Campus.
"That was inspiring for me to see people united together for a common cause," said Goldberg, who now is the president of the student-led Amnesty chapter.
On Thursday, the group will host a fundraiser alongside the Steamboat Springs Amnesty International chapter, which also will unite for a common cause fusing live entertainment and a message on global human rights issues.
Jamnesty takes place at 7 p.m. Thursday at The Tugboat Grill & Pub featuring local bands Simple Deckadence, Jebus and Waterbear.
The cost is a $5 donation at the door that will benefit both local Amnesty clubs, helping to send members to conferences and to fund events and educational activities. There will be raffles, giveaways and drink specials, as well as educational videos and talks about issues such as the death penalty and immigrant rights.
"I think it's going to be really fun, and it's going to be a good way to end the semester on a positive note and have everyone come out for a positive cause to celebrate our accomplishments," Goldberg said.
CMC faculty member Bob Gumbrecht first introduced Goldberg to the club and has been the organization's faculty adviser for six years.
He said that music and Amnesty International have been intertwined for more than three decades through large-scale fundraising productions and collaborations between musicians and the worldwide human rights nonprofit.
"They've mixed the idea of entertainment and that serious social message," he said. "There's been some big tours sponsored by Amnesty. The Jamnesty thing is a more local way of continuing that tradition, and it's an easy way to have a way to promote Amnesty's message and get people active and involved in community."
Gumbrecht also happens to be the bassist for local rock band Jebus, who will be reuniting for this show after a nearly two-year hiatus.
Hip-hop group Simple Deckadence also features a CMC faculty member in Cody Perry, and Waterbear is a local jam rock band.
Gumbrecht said that from planning an event like this to visiting politicians in Denver, the club members are exposed to a variety of educational experiences.
"I think they just learn a lot more about the world, and it's a real consciousness-raising thing for students to get involved," Gumbrecht said. "And it really helps students really connect their life to the bigger world and can help them figure out how to be citizens, and global citizens at that."
For Goldberg, who still has several more years of school to go, her involvement in the club is snowballing. On top of school and work, Goldberg also is working as the Colorado Student Activist Coordinator for Amnesty.
She even is incorporating Amnesty into her post-school plans.
"I think I want to work for them after I graduate," she said.
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